Local Governments for a Stronger ASEAN

At the City of Taguig, Republic of the Philippines, Mayors, Vice-Mayors, and other representatives of local governments from the Member States of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), adopted the “Taguig Action Agenda: Local Governments for a Stronger ASEAN.” The Taguig Action Agenda reaffirms and follows the Surabaya Communiqué and Makassar Declaration, outcome documents of the 1st and 2nd ASEAN Mayors Forum, respectively.

In support of the ASEAN Vision and the “ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together,” and with the understanding of the important role of local governments in engaging the people and ensuring that the benefits of the ASEAN Community are enjoyed by the people, the delegates concurred to implement the Agenda. It should naturally serve as basis for coordination and as reference document for future collaboration of cities and local governments in the region.

The Agenda is designed to strengthen local government participation in the realization of ASEAN objectives through concrete actions at the local level.

The ASEAN local governments hereby commit and undertake to:

  1. Formally organizean entity dedicated for ASEAN local governments that will serve as regional platform for collaboration that will be accredited and supported by the ASEAN Secretariat;
  2. Collectively and actively participate in formal ASEAN meetings and processes to articulate issues and challenges besetting local governments across the region, in order to improvealignment and coordination for policy implementation, and to build stronger partnerships;
  3. Establish a cadre of innovative and inspiring local leaders that will continuously engage key stakeholders and members of the communities to participatein the realization of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 which highlights people-centeredness in its growth agenda;
  4. Implement key areas of existing global commitments that call for an active role of local governments including the Sustainable Development Goals, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, Paris Agreement on Climate Change, New Urban Agenda, and Financing for Sustainable Development.
  5. Forge a more resilient future by reducing disaster and climate related risks, preventing the generation of new risks, and adapting to a changing climate through the implementation of economic, social, cultural, and environmental measures which address exposure and vulnerability and strengthen resilience.

The ASEAN local governments will regularly review the progress of the Taguig Action Agenda and undertake to convene as a unified body every two years.

Adopted this 27th day of July 2017 at Shangri-la the Fort in Taguig City, Philippines during the 3rd ASEAN Mayors Forum.