Asian Urban Information Center of Kobe

Introduction to AUICK

The Asian Urban Information Center of Kobe (AUICK) is an international cooperation organization, based in Kobe, Japan. It was established in 1989 with the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Kobe City Government, with the purpose of building extensive information and human networks among medium-sized cities in Asia, to assist in the resolution of population and urbanization-related issues. AUICK projects focus on training city officials, providing technical support and disseminating web-based and published information. AUICK also works with the World Health Organization (WHO) Centre for Health Development

AUICK UNFPA Seminar AUICK Paramedical Training
 AUICK UNFPA Seminar in Kobe, Japan                 Paramedical Training in Surabaya, Indonesia

Upcoming Events
AUICK Workshop in Kobe2015 AUICK / WHO Kobe Centre Workshop on Population Ageing
(Kobe City, 2-6 March, 2015)

AUICK will hold a Workshop on Population Ageing and Appropriate Measures with the support of WHO Kobe Centre, in March 2015.

Participants will be senior officials in charge of policies for the care and active participation of older citizens in the AUICK Associate Cities. They will share information and best practices, before making Action Plans to address the challenges faced by their cities.

The overall aim of the Workshop is to improve the services and programs for the welfare of older citizens in developing cities.

Recent Events
AUICK Technical Support in SurabayaTechnical Support Project to Improve
Emergency Service Response
Surabaya, Indonesia, November 2014

Under a Technical Support Project for its associate cities, AUICK despatched a team of firefighters from Japan Paramedical Rescue (JPR) to Surabaya, Indonesia, from 25 to 28 November.

The delegation trained personnel of emergency rescue services, to follow up on previous programs conducted in 2009 and 2013.

Through disaster management training and simulation, the project aims to improve emergency rescue service coordination and response.

2014 AUICK / WHO Kobe Centre Workshop
- Maternal and Child Health Care and Natural Disasters
(Kobe City, 20-24 October, 2014)

AUICK Workshop on Maternal and Child Helath Care
AUICK held the 2014 Urban HEART Follow-Up Workshop on Maternal and Child Health Care and Natural Disasters from 20 to 24 October, 2014, with the support of WHO Kobe Centre.

The Workshop trained senior officials of the health departments of AUICK Associate City (AAC) governments, who exchanged information on inequities and challenges in maternal and child health care services, and the provision of those services in disaster situations.

Participants each formulated Action Plans to implement in their cities, based on lessons learned from the Workshop.

Kobe City Forum PosterKobe City Forum
- Strategies for International Cooperation

Kobe City, Japan
(1:30 pm, 22 October, 2014)

To mark the 25th anniversary of AUICK, Kobe City Government held a forum to review projects for international cooperation.

Keynote speakers included Mr. Alex Ross, Director of the World Health Organization Centre for Health Development, and Dr. Kiyoko Ikegami, former Director of the United Nations Population Fund Tokyo Office.

Mr. Benjamin Tams presented on AUICK's 25-year history and took part in a panel discussion on strategies to promote future collaboration with international organizations.

For more information

AUICK Technical Support in Danang, VietnamTechnical Support Project
Kobe, Japan and Danang, Vietnam
(November, 2014)

In partnership with the Nishi-Shimin Hospital and Kobe Nursing College, the Kobe International Center for Cooperation and Communication (KIC) periodically dispatches teams of nurses from Kobe City to Danang in Vietnam, to establish a training system for midwives at a new 600-bed maternal and child health care hospital.

Under the three-year Technical Support Project, started by AUICK and supported by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Vietnamese nurses also visit their counterparts in Kobe for Training-of-Trainers (ToT) courses. The sixth of these courses was held for senior nurses from 11 to 20 November, 2014.

2014 AUICK  / WHO Kobe Centre Urban HEART Workshop
- Safe Water and Sanitation

Kobe, Japan (January, 2014)

AUICK Workshop on Safe Water and SanitationAUICK and the WHO Centre for Health Development (Kobe) held the 2014 Urban HEART Workshop on Safe Water and Sanitation, from 27 to 31 January.

The workshop was arranged for officials in charge of water and sanitation services of six cities in Asia to learn strategies for increasing service provision to poorer populations.

After sharing information on the challenges faced by their cities, participants received training by AUICK and WHO Kobe Centre officials on how to make Action Plans based on the lessons of the Workshop. The plans will be implemented in participants' respective cities, and their progress monitored by AUICK over the coming years.

AUICK Associate Cities represented at the meeting were Chittagong (Bangladesh), Phnom Penh (Cambodia), Surabaya (Indonesia), Olongapo (Philippines), Khon Kaen (Thailand) and Danang (Vietnam).

Asian Urban Information Center of Kobe (AUICK)
Kobe Commerce, Industry and Trade Center Building 2F
5-1-14, Hamabe-dori, Chuo-ku
Kobe 651-0083, Japan
TEL.+81-78-291-8031  FAX.+81-78-291-0691

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Recent Publications
AUICK 25-Year Report
(October, 2014)

AUICK 25-Year Report

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AUICK Newsletter
(March, 2015)

AUICK Newsletter 60

Feature: Maternal and Child Health Care and Natural Disasters

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AUICK Newsletter
(July, 2014)

AUICK Newsletter 59

Feature: Safe Water and Sanitation

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AUICK Newsletter

(August, 2013)

AUICK Newsletter 58

Feature: Maternal and Child Health Care and Natural Disasters

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AUICK Newsletter

(December, 2012)

AUICK Newsletter 57

Feature: Adolescent Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS

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AUICK Research Project
(March, 2011)

Providing Primary / Reproductive Health

Services in Urban Areas

AUICK Action Plan
Progress Report
(April, 2010)

The Context and

Influence of the Asian
Urban Information
Center of Kobe

AUICK Action Plan Progress Report, 2010

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