IAP2 Indonesia represented at the Seventh Asia Pacific Urban Forum in Penang
Sunday, October 20, 2019
Greetings from Jakarta!
The Seventh Asia-Pacific Urban Forum (APUF 7) was held 15-17 October 2019 in Penang, Malaysia. The forum is the largest regional gathering of urban stakeholders in Asia Pacific, engaging policymakers, expert speakers and leaders from national and local governments, private sectors, research communities and civil societies. Organised by the United Nations Economic and Social Commissions for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) and the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-HABITAT), APUF 7 is guided by the theme “Future of Asia and Pacific Cities : Transformative Pathways to Achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.
For the very first time, IAP2 Indonesia, represented by Aldi M. Alizar, Chair of IAP2 Indonesia, took part in APUF, contributed three sessions. The first session “Reclaiming Urban Common Through Social Production” addressed the close-up view of the participation of urban poor people in reclaiming their kampongs as urban commons and the improvement of their relationships with local and provincial governments.
The other two sessions, "Meeting the Asian Urban Challenges: Where are we in the realization of localizing SDGs” and “SDG VLR-Lab (Voluntary Local Review for SDGs)" were co-hosted by Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Japan, IAP2 Indonesia, and United Cities and Local Government Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC). These sessions discussed the progress of the 2030 Agenda implementation and the mechanism of SDGs monitoring at local level.
IAP2 Indonesia shared lessons learned and best practices from the IAP2-UNESCAP partnership to advance the practices of public participation and stakeholder engagement for the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Many efforts and initiatives have been undertaken in support of the partnership: training module development, technical assistance for VNR in selected countries, and development of assessment and planning tools for quality stakeholder engagement.
APUF-7 in Penang, Malaysia, provided good opportunities to share these initiatives and engage more organisations to apply them in their 2030 Agenda implementation at national and local levels. With this, it is expected the UNESCAP and IAP2 partnership will become even stronger and have more impact moving forward.