FIRST 2007 WORKSHOP
Population and Appropriate Water
Environment Management in Urban Areas
Sustainable Development is
defined in the chapter II principal 6, of
the Program of Action (POA), agreed in 1994 at the International
Conference on Population and Development (ICPD). It states
development” is “a means to ensure human
well-being, equitably shared
by all people today and in the future; requires that the
interrelationships between population, resources, the environment and
development should be fully recognized, properly managed and brought
into harmonious, dynamic balance.” The Millennium Development
(MDGs), adopted at the UN Millennium Summit in 2000, also defines
“Environmental Sustainability” as one of the eight
includes the following three targets: 1) Integrate the principles of
sustainable development into country policies and programs and reverse
the loss of environmental resources; 2) Halve by 2015 the proportion of
people without sustainable access to safe drinking water; and 3) By
2020 to have achieved a significant improvement in the lives of at
least 100 million slum dwellers. The United Nations Population Fund
(UNFPA), one of AUICK’s sponsors, sets “Population
Development” as one of its three goals in the 2004-2007 MYFF
Results Framework (SRF), saying “Countries should address
between population dynamics, sustainable development, and poverty,
including the impact of HIV/AIDS.”
For sustainable socio-economic
development, it is globally recognized
that the harmony of economic development and environmental protection
is most important, and each nation is making every effort to maintain
environmental protection as one of the global priorities. Since the
global environment is composed of local environments, environmental
protection cannot be achieved globally if it is not also achieved
locally. Today, medium-sized cities in Asia are experiencing rapid
population growth and socio-economic changes. While the concentration
of population in urban areas encourages economic activities and
improves living conditions, it also causes deterioration of the
environment unless there are effective countermeasures for
environmental protection, especially in local level.
This workshop is designed for
officials of AUICK Associate Cities
(AACs) who have authorization to plan and implement policies and
actions directed at water environment management in their urban areas.
In the viewpoint of
“Population and Sustainable
Development” addressed by UNFPA, the workshop focuses on
improved knowledge to address the urban policy implications of the
links between population processes and water environmental problems,
especially of household wastewater management in urban areas.
The workshop aims to provide the
participants with information and
know-how on the theme through presentations, case studies, discussions
on current states and challenges which their cities face in the fields
of water environment management. The participants also develop a
concrete action plan for appropriate wastewater management to be
implemented upon their return to their cities.
Associate Cities (one person from each city):
Chittagong (Bangladesh), Weihai (China), Chennai (India), Surabaya
(Indonesia), Kuantan (Malaysia), Faisalabad (Pakistan), Olongapo
(Philippines), Khon Kaen (Thailand), Danang (Vietnam)
English (Interpretation will be
provided for lectures given in Japanese.)
Monday 28 May – Friday
8 June 2007 (12 days)
See APPENDIX A
Qualification of Applicant
- The applicant should be officially nominated by
the mayor or the top administrator of the city to which the applicant
- The applicant should be a top or middle-level
city official who
has authority to plan and implement policies and actions directed at
household wastewater management in the urban areas, such as director or
deputy director of the relevant department.
- The applicant is required to have university
level education and work experience as a city official for at least 7
applicant is required to be willing and able to remain in the position
of city official in the relevant field in the city for at least 5 years.
- The applicant should have a sufficient command
of both spoken and written English as the workshop is conducted in
In case English ability is the only problem in the nomination of
qualified official, please consult us ahead of time.
applicant should be physically and mentally fit to participate in all
aspects of the workshop. Regrettably, pregnant women will not be
accepted as the workshop program contains some site visits that demand
physical exertion inappropriate for pregnant women.
- The applicant who attended any AUICK workshops
held in 2004 or later should not be nominated for any reason.
processing skill is preferable since the applicants will be expected to
develop an action plan with a computer during the workshop.
mayor or the top administrator is requested to nominate a qualified
city official and submit the following necessary documents to AUCIK by:
|a. Letter of Nomination (Form A)
|To be completed and signed by the mayor or the top
|b. Application Form (Form B)
|To be completed by the nominee
by the mayor or the top administrator.
|To be attached to Form B. (Photograph
should be trimmed to 4cm in
height and 3cm in width, full face, front view, and head-shot only.)
|d. Photocopy of passport
|One copy of all pages of nominee's passport
that describe the nominee's status.
Notification of Acceptance
After careful consideration by
AUICK with the consultation of the relevant UNFPA Country Office and
AUICK International Advisory Committee member, the final decision on
the participant selection will be notified to the mayor or the top
The nominee is required to have
a medical checkup and submit a
designated form completed by a medical doctor in April 2007.
Procedures for Entry to Japan
In parallel with the
notification of acceptance to the mayor or the top administrator, AUICK
will send the necessary documents for visa application directly to the
nominee. The nominee is requested to immediately apply for an entry
visa at the nearest Japanese Consular Office.
INVITATIONAL CONDITIONS FOR
AUICK will provide the
participant with the followings. Other expenses must be borne by the
- Expenses for obtaining a medical certificate
and a visa.
The expenses will be reimbursed in Japanese currency during the
workshop on condition that the participant requests the reimbursement
with the original receipts issued directly from the relevant venders.
The transportation and postage expenses for obtaining visas or medical
certificates will not be reimbursed. The expense for obtaining a
passport will not be reimbursed.
round trip airline ticket between the nearest airport to each
participant's residence and Kansai International Airport (KIX) in
The ticket will be delivered to the participant through the relevant
local travel agent. Airport taxes and the other fees will be paid
through travel agents. If the participant is required to pay any other
tax or fees at departure, the expenses will be reimbursed in Japanese
currency during the workshop on condition that the participant requests
the reimbursement with the original receipts issued directly from the
- Travel expenses between KIX and the
accommodation in Japan.
- Accommodation in Japan.
- Living allowance of JPY 6,200 per day for meals
and incidental expenses during the workshop in Japan.
- Short-term insurance to cover injuries or
illness from the time of entry to Japan until departure.
Preexisting illnesses and dental treatment are not covered by the
- Internal transportation for the workshop
The participant is required to:
- Abide by Japanese law and regulations during
- Follow the regulations and schedule of the
workshop prepared by AUICK and the Kobe City Government.
- Attend the workshop unaccompanied.
- Depart Japan upon the termination of the
The visa issued will not allow the participant to stay in Japan beyond
the workshop period.
- Gather the required data on their cities and
submit the report before the specified date.
Submitted data and report will be integrated into AUICK's web-based
database and be open to public.
Asian Urban Information Center of Kobe (AUICK)
International Center for Cooperation and Communication (KIC)
International House 20F, 8-1-6, Goko-dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe 651-0087 JAPAN
Kobe City Government (Civic Affairs, Culture and Tourism Bureau)
Kano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-8570 JAPAN