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Connectivity: A Blueprint for Stronger ASEAN
ASEAN strives to be a single community and integrated economic zone. To proclain its vision, ASEA has endorse its connectivity roadmap in 201ASEAN strives to be a single community and integrated economic zone. To proclaim its vision, ASEAN has endorsed its connectivity roadmap in 2016 to be adopted and applied in all ASEAN member states. This connectivity encompasses several elements, including physical, institutional, and people-to-people linkages and addresses strategies as cornerstone towards ASEAN Community.

Local governments play much essential role in realizing the ASEAN vision by bringing the policy on the ground. Local governments are closer to the community and are in a better position to respond to the emerging challenges faced at the local level. Also, they are expected to provide services to their constituents, build local infrastructure, create jobs, and create a good investment climate in their jurisdiction. Local governments can connect communities and integrate them in national economy and help reduce inequality brought about by regional integration.

This session looks into how local governments across ASEAN contribute and help attain regional integration. Overview of the blueprint and the ASEAN vision will be elaborated to discuss its association with local policy and programmatic support on specific thematic and digital innovation, labour, local economic development, and building sustainable infrastructure.

Connecting the ASEAN Vision with the Global Commitments
The progress of ASEAN Community is heralded by three critical elements of political-security, socio-culture, and economic development. At the heart of the ASEAN Community is the commitment to improve the quality of life of its people through cooperative activities that are people-oriented and people-centered.

On the other hand, there are global landmark commitments adopted by United Nations member states, such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Sendai Framework for Action (SFA), New Urban Agenda (NUA), Paris Climate Agreement, and Financing for Sustainable Development. These commitments necessitate new ways of thinking for local governments in ASEAN.

In this session, local governments will discuss how they incorporate the elements of the global commitments in their local agenda and how these global agenda corresponds to the ASEAN vision.

Re-Imagining ASEAN Cities: Intelligent, Resource Efficient and Innovative
The world is shrinking and leaders from different cultures are finding that they need to work together. The cultures are formed of geography, faith, gender, generation, organization and sector. And in a global world, where problems cross borders between cultures, we need leaders who can cross those boundaries and cross cultures too; people who can communicate effectively and build diverse networks necessary to solve messy problems. We need leaders who don’t just shy away from difference but gravitate towards it. They don’t see heterogeneity as threatening; they see it as creative, exciting, inspiring and enriching. These are the leaders with Cultural Intelligence (CQ).

Apart from being culturally intelligent, cities are also envisioned to be resource-efficient. Progress in terms of economic and social development over the last century has been largely achieved through the extensive use of our planet’s finite resources. Resource exploitation already exceeds the Earth’s biological capacity endangering the fundamental economic, social, and environmental systems on which our development relies. However, significant potential exists for improved resource efficiency through technological innovation and demand changes over the whole resource life-cycle, from the extraction and use of raw materials through disposal.

This session will pick up where the previous ASEAN Mayors Forum left-off. It will expound on the discourse regarding the future of cities through a deeper understanding of cultural intelligence and of how cities can better consume and produce resources. It will also feature technological advancements that will help cities deliver better services to their constituents.


Finance Reforms, Fiscal Decentralization in Southeast Asia
This session will look into how local governments finance reforms through improved government transfers, conditional grants, and performance-based incentives. It will draw experiences from the cities of Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

ASEAN Engages and Benefits the People
Complementing the inclusive growth agenda of the ASEAN Economic Community, this Characteristic of the ASCC focuses on addressing the concerns of people of ASEAN on matters related to welfare, social protection, women empowerment, gender equality, protection of human rights, equitable access to opportunities, poverty eradication, health, decent work, education and information.

Participants of this session will discuss how local governments provide opportunities for relevant stakeholders for knowledge-sharing, which include exchange of best-practices on basic service delivery.

Building People-to-People Mobility
ASEAN opens its borders to flourish as a single community. People-to-people mobility focuses on transformation of traditional transport planning to sustainable urban mobility planning and implementation. This session will focus on improving accessibility and social equity on mobility of people.

Enhancing Disaster Resilience and Climate Change Actions
The objective of this Characteristic of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint is to achieve an enhanced capacity to collectively respond and adapt to current challenges and emerging threats. This recognizes that socio-cultural resilience has cross-pillar linkages with the ASEAN community.

Transitioning Cities to Low Emission Development
Low emission development trajectory promotes carbon neutrality and strengthens urban resilience without hindering economic development. As Southeast Asian cities grow and develop rapidly, it is important that low emissions development strategies (LEDS) are integrated in their overall development planning. Conducting greenhouse gas (GHG) emission inventories is an important first step to assess and plan for a low-carbon city.

Empowering Women and Promoting Inclusive Governance
Women’s political participation has rapidly increased in numbers showing substantial contribution in development. Their active leadership has created a more inclusive policy environment. This contribution has great impact on the achievement of the ASEAN vision.

Towards Sustainable Land Governance in ASEAN
This session will showcase international and local best practices in land administration and management that offer practical solutions to existing sustainable land governance in ASEAN. It will convene local and international experts, leaders, reform frontrunners from local governments, development partners, civil society organizations, and academe.

Topics for discussion include untitled property, mapping and registration of ancestral domain, land ownership by women, land registration disincentives, complex urban housing processes, inefficiency in generating revenues by local governments, and poor implementation of land use.

Prospects and Innovation for Vibrant Local Economies
The ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint is knowledge focused. It seeks to strengthen the ability to continuously innovate and be a proactive member with the global community. It aims to provide an enabling environment with policies and institutions that engender people and firms to be more open, adaptive, creative, innovative, and entrepreneurial.

Some define the creative economy as being the aggregate of these so-called creative and cultural industries- others use a broader approach where creativity can be leveraged in a range of sectors. Cities add a spatial dimension and place a greater emphasis on using art, culture, and creativity for urban development. The city can also enable creativity by being open to new ideas, supporting networks and communities, holding or supporting events, and develop or provide creative spaces and institutions that support creativity, education, innovation, and culture. Creativity and community involvement are also important for sustainable urban development.

Globally, more and more cities are focusing on leveraging creativity and on developing their creative industries as means to generate growth, diversity, income and employment. This is also linked to the understanding of the cities’ role as hubs of ideas, innovations, and new services within their local environment.

This session will utilize a wider definition of creativity and will discuss how cities can facilitate the growth of the creative economy, which will then strengthen ASEAN connectivity.