FIRST 2008 WORKSHOP OUTLINE
and Environmental Management in Urban Planning - Domestic Waste and
to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) State of World Population
2007 report, 2008 will mark the first time that more than half of the
world's population live in urban areas. Cities embody the environmental
damage done by modern civilization, yet they also contain the solutions.
1994 International Conference in Population and Development's
Programme of Action (POA) states its objective in chapter 3.28 to
"ensure that population, environmental and poverty eradication factors
are integrated in sustainable policies, plans and programmes". Chapter
2, principle 6 states that sustainable development "requires that the
interrelationships between populaiton , resources, the environment and
development should be fully recognized, properely managed and brought
into harmonious, dynamic balance."
The Millennium Development Goals
adopted at the UN Millenium Summit
in 2000, also define "Environmental Sustainability" as one of the eight
goals, incorporating 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.
one of AUICK's sponsors, raises awareness of the interrelationships
between global population growth, demographic dynamics, the environment
and sustainable development. For sustainable socio-economic
development, it is globally recognized that the harmony pf economic
development and environmental protection is most important. As this is
a global concern, and each nations is composed of local environments,
environmental protection must be achieved locally if it is to be
medium-sized cities in Asia are experiencing rapid populaiton growth
and socio-economic changes. While the concentration of population in
urban areas encourages economic activities and improves living
conditions, effective measures must be put in place for environmental
protection, especially at the local level.
supports key population, environment and sutainable
development activities at global, regional and national levels. From
this standpoint, the first AUICK workshop of 2008 will focus on
improved knowledge to address the urban policy implications of the
links between population processes and environmental problems,
esprcially domestic waste and greening. The workshop is designed for
senior officials of AUICK Associate Cities (AACs) who are in the
highest or second highest position of the department which administers
city planning or environmental protection.
workshop aims to deepen its participants' understanding and know-how on
the theme through presentations, case studies, discussions on current
states and challenges their cities face in the fileds of domestic waste
and greening. The particioants will also develop a concrete action plan
or environmental management to be implemented upon their return to
The workshop is designed to
exchange of information and experience among the participants
themselves. Therefore, they are expected to participate actively
(in English) in discussions and presentations during the
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)
(Interpretation will be
provided for lectures given in Japanese.)
28 May – Saturday 7 June 2008 (11 days)
Qualification of Applicant
- The applicant
should be officially nominated by
the mayor or the senior-most administrator(hereafter "nominator") of
the city to which the applicant belongs.
- The applicant
should be a senior or middle-level city official who has authority to
plan and implement policies and actions directed at the city planning
or environmental management of domestic waste or greening, such as
Director or Deputy Director of the relavant 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
English. The workshop is to a great extent based on discussions rather
than lectures. The applicant is also expected to make at least two oral
In case of
English ability being the only problem in the nomination of a
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.
- Word processing
skill is a requisite, since the applicant is expected to develop an
action plan with a computer during the workshop. The applicant is also
expected to prepare his/her action plan using PowerPoint.
The Nominator is requested to
city official and submit the following necessary documents to AUCIK by:
2008. It is suggested that the
nomination be done in consultation with the relevant UNFPA country
|a. Letter of
|To be completed
and signed by the mayor or the top
|To be completed
by the nominee
by the mayor or the top administrator.
|c. Medical Certificate
|To be completed by a doctor.
attached to Form B. (Photograph
should be trimmed to 4cm in
height and 3cm in width, full face, front view, and head-shot only.)
|One copy of
all pages of nominee's passport
that describe the nominee's status.
Notification of Acceptance
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 nominator.
Procedures for Entry to Japan
parallel with the
notification of acceptance to the nominator, 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
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
- Living allowance
of JPY 6,200 per day for meals
and incidental expenses during the workshop in Japan.
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
transportation for the workshop
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
- 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 (International Affairs, Culture and Tourism Bureau)
Kano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-8570 JAPAN