Established in 1989
Supported by UNFPA and
the Kobe City Government
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The 2004 AUICK Associate Cities Conference on ICPD Tenth Anniversary Review:
The Current Status and Future Challenges of Asian Medium-Sized Cities
The Asian Urban Information Center of Kobe (AUICK) is an international non-governmental organization established in 1989 with the support of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Kobe City Government. AUICKfs aim is to build an extensive information and human network with Asian medium-sized cities as a means to assist in the resolution of population and urban problems. AUICK has focused its activities on three fields: (a) Research studies on population and administrative issues in Asian medium-sized cities; (b) Information collection and dissemination; and (c) Capacity-building for senior officials of Asian middle-sized cities. Since its establishment, AUICK has invited more than 250 senior officials from 77 cities, in 13 countries, to training programs.
The coming four-year period represents an important strategic turning point for AUICK. Under the new project for the years 2004-2007, jointly with UNFPA, AUICK aims to create a number of viable gcritical massesh of trained personnel within the selected nine Asian medium-sized cities, called AUICK Associate Cities (AACs), in nine countries of Asia: Chittagong (Bangladesh), Weihai (China), Chennai (India), Surabaya (Indonesia), Kuantan (Malaysia), Faisalabad (Pakistan), Olongapo (Philippines), Khon Kaen (Thailand), and Danang (Vietnam). Under this project, AUICK shall work to build organizational capacities to deal with major urbanization and related issues so as to meet ICPD POA and MDGs, focusing on HIV/AIDS; poverty; education, particularly for girls and women; the conditions of slum dwellers; reproductive health among adolescents; water and sanitation; environment; and ageing. AACs will then be model cities of their own countries from which successful projects/activities can be disseminated to other cities. Concentrating on the selected nine cities will also facilitate AUICKfs efforts to promote more effectively, the South-South exchange of ideas and experiences, as well as promote partnerships with academic organizations and NGOs/NPOs.
II. Conference Aims
The conference is organized to initiate AUICKfs new strategic project for the years 2004-2007. It is also to commemorate the 15th anniversary of AUICK and the 10th anniversary of the International Conference of Population and Development (ICPD) held in 1994 by the United Nations. It will provide a forum for the participants to identify major challenges affecting each city with regard to population and sustainable urban development, define action goals and plans to solve these problems, and strengthen collaboration centering on AUICK alignment among AACs, UNFPA country offices, academic organizations, and NGOs/NPOs, under the new strategies. This conference is expected to be a catalyst for further development of activities through the network of international cooperation among Asian medium-sized cities that AUICK has been nurturing, in collaboration with the UNFPA and the City of
III. Expected Participants
1) Mayors of
Associate Cities and their assistants :
2) UNFPA Representatives:
4) Kobe City Government participants, including the Mayor of Kobe and senior officials.
5) AUICK participants: IAC members, DAC members, EC members, and secretariat officials
6) KIC officials
7) Other guests
From the 30th of July until the 2nd of August, 2004.
is provisional and subject
V. Conference Venue
Kobe Portpia Hotel
Tel: +81-78-302-1111 Fax: +81-78-302-6877
VII. Kobe's Climate
Kobe's average temperature in July/August is a high of 32C and low of 23C, the average relative humidity is 75%, and precipitation averages 16cm.
UNFPA; Ministry of Foreign Affairs (TBD);
Tel: +81-78-291-8031 Fax: +81-78-291-0691
E-mail: email@example.com http://www.auick.org
X. Further Information for Participants
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