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Sabtu, 26 September 2015

Pre Event Asia-Pacific Urban Youth Assembly at APUF-6 (APUFY)

Hi guys, it's time for me to share my experience during the pre event of APUFY 2015. I do hope this brief review would be useful to gain the knowledge. 

 Before the Opening

In connection with the holding of the Asia Pacific Urban Youth Assembly (APUF-Y) on 17-18 October 2015 in Jakarta, the Ministry of Public Works and Housing of Republic of Indonesia held a briefing for APUFY participants coming from Indonesia. This activity was attended by 150 delegates elected, held on 21-22 September 2015 at Hotel Sahid Jaya, Jakarta.

Global urbanization is the engine that drives the world toward prosperity in the 21st century, and young people are the main drivers. Today there are many people under the age of 25 years, nearly three billion; 1.8 billion of the total population is aged between 12-24 years old. Young people living in cities and the number is increasing. It is estimated that approximately 60% of all urban dwellers will be under the age of 18 in 2036.

With Pandu, my friend from Young Leaders for Indonesia

Young people need to be empowered as stakeholders, observers, and a leader for sustainable urban development in the Asia-Pacific region. Young people can participate to improve urban governance that is inclusive, ensure the protection of the urban environment, and lead by using an innovative and entrepreneurial approach in its implementation. Young people are very concerned about good education and jobs. 

The involvement of today's youth is investment in the future as sustainable development and inclusive. So, it is necessary to strengthen its capacity and increase the concern in the implementation of urban problems which is to be faced in the future. APUF-Y event tried to achieve the following objectives:


  1. To discuss the priority issues and strategies to strengthen the youth participation in municipal government in Asia-Pacific; 
  2. To facilitate increased capacity based on various models of successful youth leadership and solutions; 
  3. To demonstrate the ability of young people and knowledge to design leadership volunteerism in high-level, management, and participation in a set of diverse and innovative activities; 
  4. To strengthen the voice of young people in the Asia-Pacific with urban policy dialogue on regional and global levels related activities and processes of APUF-6 and HABITAT III including input to MGCY UN-HABITAT III and beyond.

From the Pre Event yesterday, there were 10 themes raised in parallel sessions:


  • Session 1: Child-Friendly City
  • Session 2: Youth Leadership in Disaster and Beyond
  • Session 3: Investing in Youth Initiatives (Financing Mechanism)
  • Session 4: Youth Civic Media Training
  • Session 5: Data Innovation and Inclusive Cities
  • Session 6: Participatory Public Space / Infrastructure Design
  • Session 7: Innovating Our Way Out of Traffic Jam
  • Session 8: Toward Socially Responsible Real Estate Development
  • Session 9: Out of The Box Urban Policy (or dialogue with Mayors)
  • Session 10: Youth Led Waste Management
At the Plenary Session (Before Parallel Session) delivered on "Implementing the SDGs and New Urban Agenda - the role of local government" by Mr. Wicaksono Sarosa, Ph.D. The opening session was my favourite with tremendous inspiration from him who are alumni of Architecture ITB and completed his master's and doctorate at the University of California at Berkeley with a Fulbright scholarship.

"The Future of Our City, Our Future: Scenarios, Challenges and Proposed Urban Agenda for Indonesia" became the title of the Mr. Wicaksono presentation. Then the question arises, "Why New Urban Agenda?" There are several reasons, one of which is the many people who live in urban areas than those living in rural areas. We can see, that the condition of the city today is a reflection of society, right ? The healthy city is a picture of a society that promotes a clean and healthy lifestyle.

There are three major challenges to the "optimistic scenario" urban such as:
  1. Common challenge: how to optimally utilize a variety of potential posed by the process of urbanization (the formation of regional / urban communities) using limited resources. 
  2. Demographic challenge: how to capitalize on "the demographic bonus" for the future of our city. Human resource is a great potential if it can be improved. 
  3. Challenges of Governance : how to implement effective governance, fair, accountable, transparent, participatory, efficient, and others (good regulation and coordination between sectors are arranged). 
That's all my review until the plenary session. I hope to continue for the couple day soon, insyaAllah. 

Indonesian Delegates


For your information, those who are interested to join APUFY next October for internastional participants, please register yourself to https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1xloZidlM9Anl9zWktlv8KtO58t0eL71skF6j3RA9Mn4/viewform . 

Accommodation and food will be provided during the event on October 17-18. There are no registration fees, however, international participants will be required to find funding for flights through their own personal and community networks.
CLOSING DATE
Please note, registration is open until Wednesday, September 30th, 11:59pm UTC/GMT time and for all young people between the ages of 18 to 32. Participation is limited to 150 international youth and 150 national youth who will be assessed by the Selection Committee through an ongoing selection process.
CONTACTS
For further questions or inquiries, please contact the APUFY Secretariat on info@apufy.org with subject "Registration Inquiry".
Together as Asia-Pacific youth let us pave a New Urban Agenda!

Regards,
APUFY Secretariat

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