DAGUPAN CITY — Mayor Brian Lim left for Malaysia on Monday (October 14, 2019) to participate in the 7th Asia Pacific Urban Forum (APUF-7), which will be held until October 17 at the Setia SPICE Convention Centre in Penang.
Mayor Lim’s participation in the forum is the first leg of the scholarship earlier granted to him by the Asia Pacific Mayors Academy for Sustainable Urban Development, an institution organized by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN-ESCAP) and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat).
The scholarship will also give him the opportunity to attend leadership modules at the United Nations Conference Centre in Bangkok, Thailand and at the Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
According to the APUF-7 website, the forum will mobilize policymakers, expert speakers and thought leaders from national and local government, private sector, research communities and civil society to provide insights into future-proofed urbanisation solutions.
The forum will provide opportunities to mobilize common actions and strengthen effective partnerships for sustainable urban development in the region.
With the theme “Future of Asia and Pacific Cities: Transformative Pathways to Achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”, the forum will feature four Leaders’ Dialogues highlighting innovative policy and technical solutions in the areas of urban and territorial planning, data and technologies for smart cities, urban resilience and urban finance.
Each Leader’s Dialogue will be followed by a ‘Deep Dive Session’ on the same thematic area, which will provide a more detailed seminar style dialogue on the implementation of specific solutions and innovative approaches.
Held every four to five years, the Asia-Pacific Urban Forum is the largest regional gathering of urban stakeholders.
This year’s forum is organized by the UN-ESCAP and the UN-Habitat, in partnership with Urbanice Malaysia.