Innovation-Driven Development for Sustainable Cities
Dates                          : 12-15 September 2018 (3 days)
Venue                          : City of Surabaya, East Java Province, Republic of Indonesia
Organized by              : Surabaya City Government and UCLG ASPAC
Working language      : English and Bahasa Indonesia

UCLG ASPAC Congress is a biennial event that brings together key development actors across Asian Pacific countries. As a region with stronger economic growth (Regional Economic Outlook: Asia Pacific, October 2017), Asia Pacific has become a region with rapid digital transformation. IDC Study predicts that digital transformation will add an estimated US$1.16 trillion (60%) to Asia Pacific’s GDP and increase the growth rate by 0.8% annually (Microsoft and IDC Asia/Pacific,2018). With this potential, local governments in the Asia Pacific region must push their innovation to be prepared to maximize the social and economic impacts that will arise from technological advances.

Digital transformation provides space for innovative solutions towards inclusive development. Through a creative innovation, the capacity of local governments will be enhanced to provide public services that reach all citizens and at the same time ensure sustainability in development process. Recognizing this, the 7th UCLG ASPAC Congress carries the theme “Innovation-Driven Development for Sustainable Cities”. The Congress aims to strengthen national and local leaders’ commitments and capacities in creating better connectivity to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and New Urban Agenda. Comprising various events such as plenary sessions, training events, network events, standing committee meetings, exhibitions and study visits, the Congress offers a variety of learning and sharing platforms among stakeholders that will benefit the participants to develop impactful programs in their respective regions.

The Congress will be hosted by the Surabaya City Government and jointly organized with United Cities and Local Government Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC). It is expected that the Congress will be an event for stakeholders to exchange ideas and experience and forge new partnerships to strengthen community-of-practice on local government attainment to global agendas such as SDGs and NUA particularly in Asia Pacific region.

The congress seeks to create a notable platform for local government leaders and all relevant stakeholders to strengthen their commitment in improving innovations and promoting smart and innovative practices for sustainable cities. In addition to that, the congress will create and excellent opportunity for networking and establish a network of partner and stakeholder organisations.

The congress will bring together key actors from across Asia Pacific countries. It is estimated that over 800 participants will attend the event. Target participants consist mainly of local government officials from Indonesia and foreign countries, ministries, bilateral and multilateral development agencies, local government associations, private companies, academia, and CSOs.

Many Programs in our 7th UCLG ASPAC Congress 2018 such as:

The Plenary Sessions will be attended by all participants, addressing current issues in urban development. The sessions aim to provide insights on how cities prepare themselves to achieve both global agendas, the New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda of SDGs. Four main topics will be presented – Enabling Environment for Local Governments, Innovation for Sustainability, Promoting Partnership, and Development Funding.

Training events offer practical knowledge on several specific themes, such as City Energy and Climate Action, City Diplomacy, Minecraft Implementation in Public Space Planing, and Future Energy and Mobility. The training will be offered on the first day of the event (12 September 2018) with duration varies from half-day to one full day, targeting local government officials and urban practitioners. Training events will use specific tools and methods to address specific issues. It is expected that training participants will gain perspective on practical ways to overcome urban challenges.

Networking sessions are organized by UCLG ASPAC and partners to discuss various topics. The theme include Future Energy Mobility, Localizing SDGs, Public Space, Sanitation and Solid Waste Management, Disaster Risk Reduction, Culture and Heritage, Small Island Connectivity, and Child Friendly Cities. The sessions will serve as interactive dialogues between professionals, experts, local governments and other stakeholders on respective topics. The exchange of knowledge and experience among speakers and participants will provide fresh ideas to spark innovative and smart solutions in creating inclusive and resilient cities.

Standing Committee Meetings (only for UCLG ASPAC members). Standing committee meetings will be held before the congress begins. Members joining in DELGOSEA (Democratic Local Governance in Southeast-Asia), South and Southwest Meeting, Culture in Local Government, Women in Local Government, Belt and Road Local Cooperation, 21st Century Maritime Cooperation will gather and share the progress on their specific areas. They also exchange their future programs to contribute to the New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda of Sustainable Development.

Statutory Meetings (only for UCLG ASPAC members). The statutory meetings will be including The Executive Bureau, The Regional General Assembly, and The Regional Council Meeting.

The Executive Bureau meeting is a biannual meeting where the Executive Bureau (Ex Bu) is responsible for initiating proposals and carrying out decisions of the Regional Council and for any other matter delegated to it by the Regional Council. The Ex Bu is in charge of the Section’s administrative and financial management. It prepares the meeting of the Regional Council and of the Regional General Assembly.

The Regional Assembly is the supreme organ of the Section that has responsibility for the overall policy, direction, and oversight of the Section.

The Regional Council Meeting is a meeting where the Regional Council decides the Section’s policies in a collegial way and ensure that general policies decided by the General Assembly are implemented.

Exhibition will be convened to showcase local innovations and digital technology that lead to equal access to public services and economic opportunities, transforming cities into more inclusive and liveable spaces.

Study visit are organized for congress participants to learn on Surabaya experience of how Surabaya City Government planned and developed public spaces in their city.

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