Penang, Malaysia – Delegates from the Local Government Academy (LGA), take home newfound commitments and approaches in localizing the agenda for sustainable urban solutions after participating in the 7th Asia – Pacific Urban Forum (APUF – 7) on October 14 – 17, 2019 in Penang, Malaysia. The event coincided with the 8th General Council Meeting (GCM) of the Network of Local Government Training and Research Institutes in Asia and the Pacific (LOGOTRI – ASPAC).
The LGA pushed for the revitalization of the LOGOTRI by building on the accomplishment of the network in pursuing local governance reforms by member institutions in their respective area of jurisdiction in particular and in support of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as the core of the regional agenda of the network in general. The network is composed of training and research institutions from various countries established with the support of the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN ESCAP) with LGA as the founding president.
After years of inactivity, the LGA started the conversation among members of the network that are still committed and dedicated to improve public service delivery in the Asia Pacific region with Executive Director Thelma T. Vecina meeting with partner institutions to discuss the ways forward to revitalize the network.
The 8th General Council Meeting culminated with the election of vice-presidents for training and research that will serve together with the president and vice president for member services until the next GCM in 2020.
The LoGoTRI officers are as follows:
President: Center for Local and Regional Governance (Republic of the Philippines)
Vice-President for Training: Akhtar Hameed Khan National Centre for Rural Development (Pakistan)
Vice-President for Research: All India Institute for Local Self Government (India)
Vice-President for Member Services: Local Development Training Academy (Nepal)
Pathway towards a sustainable future
Coinciding with this important meet, the LGA attended the APUF-7 together with country representatives, experts, and key decision-makers worldwide.
With the theme “Future of Asia and Pacific Cities: Transformative Pathways to Achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, the forum touched on important urban governance topics that tackle the region’s urban landscapes identified to be most vulnerable to the effects of climate change and other natural disasters. The discussions were relevant to the LGA as it continues with the commitment to contribute to the achievement and localization of the “SGDs” in the country.
LGA, through its Executive Director Thelma T. Vecina also had the opportunity to introduce LGA to Asia and the Pacific mayors during the formal launch of UNESCAP’s Mayors Academy. The fellowship program was designed by the UNESCAP and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) to create and support a network of leaders (newly elected or appointed) in the region committed to sustainable development through a week-long intensive program to be held on an annual basis and will bank on peer-to-peer learning.