AUICK SECOND 2009 WORKSHOP
and Sustainable Development: Why Population Counts”
establishment in April 1989, AUICK has facilitated the exchange of
information on population and development related issues and
challenges, to help increase the capacities of senior officials of
medium-sized cities in Asia to plan for and address them appropriately.
In 1994 AUICK began a series of annual workshops to train Asian urban
administrators in integrated population and urban planning. The
workshops, held in Kobe, were designed to transfer technology and
knowledge both from Kobe’s experience (North to South), and between the
administrators of the participating cities (South to South).
Upon a proposal by the AUICK International Advisory Committee that one
city in each of nine countries be identified for sustained work over a
number of years in order to help build a critical mass of expertise,
the creation of the AUICK Associate Cities (AACs) strategy began in
2004. This was endorsed at a conference of the Mayors of the nine
cities (2004 AUICK Associate Cities Conference).
At the conference, the Mayors signed an agreement to participate in
AUICK programs and work toward the achievement of the Millennium
Development Goals (MDGs) and ICPD goals through AUICK workshops and
projects. Ten semi-annual workshops have since provided training with
specific focus on the issues in the MDGs, including HIV/AIDS; poverty;
education, particularly for girls and women; the conditions of slum
dwellers; reproductive health among adolescents; water and sanitation;
environment; and ageing. Under the Action Plan system, workshop
participants develop concrete plans for appropriate administrative
measures to implement upon returning to their respective cities.
The 2009 Second AUICK Workshop is organized to review the over-all
interdependent relationship between population and sustainable
development. It will provide a forum for participants to identify major
or emerging population developmental challenges affecting each AUICK
Associate City (AAC) (in particular population aging), and to formulate
action goals and plans to solve those problems. Presentations will be
given by participants, as well as AUICK, Kobe City and UNFPA officials
and academic experts. Site visits related to the theme will also be
conducted, with special emphasis on community based welfare and the
active aged population. At the end of the Workshop, the participants
are expected to develop and present a plan of action for appropriate
administrative measures to implement in their cities, in the light of
knowledge and experience gained from the workshop. As the program is
designed to stimulate the exchange of information and experience among
the participants themselves, they are expected to participate actively
in discussions and presentations throughout the workshop period.
The workshop also marks the 5th anniversary of the 2004 AUICK Associate
Cities Conference, the 20th anniversary of AUICK, and the 15th
anniversary of the 1994 International Conference of Population and
Development (ICPD), whose Programme of Action has provided the main
framework for the development of the AUICK Program. It is expected to
strengthen collaboration between AUICK and AACs for strategic measures
beyond 2009, and promote links among AACs, UNFPA Country Offices and
academic institutions, toward the formulation of policies and actions
to improve the quality of life of citizens.
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
City Government (International Affairs, Culture and Tourism Bureau)
Kano-cho, Chuo-ku, Kobe 650-8570 JAPAN
Associate Cities (Deputy Mayor or equivalent senior city official with
Chittagong (Bangladesh), Weihai (China), Chennai (India), Surabaya
(Indonesia), Kuantan (Malaysia), Faisalabad
(Philippines), Khon Kaen (Thailand), Danang (Vietnam)
(Interpretation will be
provided for lectures given in Japanese.)
Tuesday 29 September – Sunday 4
October 2009 (6 days)
Qualification of Applicant
applicant should be a Deputy Mayor or equivalent senior city
with second highest authority in charge of planning and/or policy
making on public
welfare, in particular for the aged
population and/or on sustainable development in urban settings.
applicant should be officially nominated by the mayor or the
administrator (hereafter “nominator”) of the city to which the
applicant is required to have university level education and work
a city official for at least 7 years.
applicant is required to be willing and able to remain in the position
official in the relevant field in the city for at least 5 years.
applicant should have a sufficient command of both spoken and written
as the workshop is conducted in English. The workshop is to a great
based on discussions rather than lectures. The applicant is also
make at least two oral presentations.
applicant should be physically and mentally fit to participate in all
of the workshop. Regrettably, pregnant women will not be accepted, as
workshop program contains some site visits that demand physical
inappropriate for pregnant women.
is requested to nominate a qualified city official and submit the
necessary documents to AUICK by 10 August 2009.
It is suggested that the nomination be done in consultation with the
UNFPA country representative:
|a. Letter of
|For the nominated city official
||To be completed
and signed by the nominator.
|For the nominated city official
||To be completed
by the nominee
by the nominator.
||For the nominees
attached to Form B. (Photograph
should be trimmed to 4cm in
height and 3cm in width, full face, front view, and head-shot only.)
||For the nominees
||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
Country Office and AUICK International Advisory Committee member, the
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
the necessary documents for visa application directly to the nominee.
nominee is requested to immediately apply for an entry visa at the
Japanese Consular Office.
INVITATIONAL CONDITIONS FOR
will provide the participant with the following. The other expenses
borne by the participant:
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.
- Full fare economy-class round trip airline
ticket between the nearest airport to each participant’s residence and
Kansai International Airport (KIX) in Japan. The airline, dates and
times of the flights will be decided and arranged by AUICK.
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 for meals and incidental
expenses during the workshop in Japan in accordance with Kobe City
- 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
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.