ON 2 May 2016, UCLG ASPAC Secretary General, Dr. Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi met with the Mayor of Surabaya, Tri Rismaharini. Surabaya will be the host for the Prepcom III from 25 – 27 July 2016.

Bernadia explored UCLG ASPAC involvement in Prepcom 3 for Habitat III Conference in Quito. In this occasion, the Mayor also shared her opinion for the issues that she hoped to be included in the Prepcom event. The mayor put emphasis on the local wisdom, community building and strengthening as well as community welfare issues. Those, according to Mayor Tri, were key aspects of building the city’s characteristics. In agreement, Bernadia shared about the ASPAC Culture Committee and how it highlights the significance of culture for human development and for creating a strong and harmonious society.

As Surabaya will be the city where public space will be developed with the local community’s involvement by UCLG ASPAC and UN-Habitat, Bernadia and Mayor Tri also discussed this point. Both exchanged ideas on potential spots in Surabaya to be used for public space development.

Bernadia also conveyed that UCLG ASPAC had women mayors programs as well as programs for empowering women. Bernadia believed that Mayor Tri would be role model of Indonesian women and become an inspiration for them.

For more update relating to the Prepcom, please visit: http://www.habitat-indonesia.or.id/en/activity/prepcom-iii

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