ON September 5-8, 2016, UCLG ASPAC held its 6th Congress, taking on the theme “Region, Life and Culture in New Urban Agenda” in Gunsan, Jeollabukdo. Click for more.
STATUTORY MEETING UCLG on Mission: Statutory Meeting and Election
SEPTEMBER 19-20, 2016, UCLG held Extraordinary Meetings for the preparations of the upcoming “5th UCLG Congress – World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders” to be held on 12-15 October, in Bogota, Colombia. Various activities are planned for the gathering, such as workshops, meetings, policy dialogues and general assembly. The agenda of the meetings focused on presenting updates for the Bogota Congress, the Habitat III Conference, the candidature for the Presidency and Treasurer of UCLG, nominations from the sections to the Statutory Bodies, candidatures for the 2019 UCLG Congress, agenda of the governing bodies in Bogota, and membership matters. Click here to read more.
WOMEN IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Voice of Women in Local Governments
THE Standing Committee of Women in Local Governments conducted a meeting on the Congress’ first day, 5 September. Not exclusive for women local leaders, the meeting of the Committee received great support from members and partners in general. After session opening by Mayor of Catbalogan City, Stephany Uy-Tan, Secretary General of UCLG ASPAC, Bernadia I. Tjandradewi shared about the activities and initiatives of the Standing Committee towards women empowerment, including sharing best practices and organizing the Women Mayors’ Forum during the PrepCom3 held in Surabaya, Indonesia. Members actively took part in sharing their own efforts to promote women’s participation in politics and local development in general. Dormani Poudel, President of MuAN (Municipal Association of Nepal), recounted that in his city (Hetauda), there is a cluster consisting of 15-16 women who are trained so that they are able to contribute to their municipalities. The same practice, as it turns out, is also done in Cochin, India. Mayor Soumini Jain of Cochin explained that it is called “Prosperity Family” Group and that it has been successful in empowering women so that they do not depend solely on their husbands to earn money. Click for more info.
Mayors Gathered for Commitment
SEPTEMBER 1-2, 2016 - Mayors and senior city representatives from over 30 cities convened in Seoul, Republic of Korea, for the “Seoul Mayors Forum on Climate Change 2016 - Local Climate Commitments in Raising the Ambitions of the Paris Agreement.” The event was organized by the Seoul Metropolitan Government and ICLEI. As a whole, the program highlighted how local government coalitions, specifically the Compact of Mayors and the newly formed Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, link to the Paris Climate Agreement and the soon to be adopted New Urban Agenda. UCLG ASPAC Secretary General Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi moderated the Mayoral Session on “Implementation of Paris Agreement – What can cities and local governments do?” She was joined in the panel by six (6) local leaders from Catbalogan, Makati, Thimphu, Ansan, Guiyang, and Taichung who shared their local government’s actions on climate change adaptation and mitigation and showed the importance of understanding the impacts of climate change in one’s own city. The local leaders also expressed their needs around financing, information, and capacity building among others, that will support their actions to address climate change. Click for more info.
CLEAN AIR CERTIFICATION Good Environmental Governance
AIR pollution cause one in eight deaths worldwide. While its effects have raised alarm, taking action has been a challenge because its impacts are often cumulative building up slowly and requiring a long term vision that all citizens need to support. To address these challenges, the Cities Clean Air Partnership (CCAP) aims to make a clear business case that links air quality improvements to cities economic and quality-of-life decisions. Click to read more.
CITIZEN ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT
New Taipei City's Initiative in London
NEW Taipei City is the winner of a global award that recognizes sustainable urban development and city-wide transformation. The Special Award for Excellence in City-Led Transformation was handed out to New Taipei City in London in June this year.Click for more info.