KiLGA Attends the ExBu Meeting of UCLG ASPAC, Philippines

The Chairman of KiLGA, Mayor Taoaba Kaiea, and the Executive Officer, represented the Association at the first Executive Bureau (ExBu) meeting of the United Cities & Local Government for Asia and the Pacific, (UCLG ASPAC), from 5-6 April, 2017, in Catbalogan City, Philippines.

ExBu members in a group photo, at the first session for 2017, at Catbalogan, Philippines, KiLGA’s Chairman, Mayor Taoaba is 4th from Right

The Kiribati delegation in a photo session with Mayor Stephanie Tan (centre) of the host city, Catbalogan, Philippines. (L-R): Eliza Tokataake, Emma Nauan, Mayor Taoaba Kaiea and a delegate from Afghanistan.

One of the key outcomes of the meeting was a decision to implement the localistaion of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in Kiribati.
UCLG ASPAC is an influential advocacy body consisting of many cities and local government bodies in Asia and the Pacific. KiLGA joined it in 2016, and joins New Zealand as a member.
There are many benefits to KiLGA and Kiribati’s Urban and Island Councils, that are possible from the membership of UCLG ASPAC. These include technical, and financial resources, enabling networks with Asian superpowers, many being major trading and diplomatic partners to Kiribati, such as China, Taiwan, Korea and India. In addition, the cultural and historical links between Kiribati and Asia is very strong, since it is widely believed that Asia was the original home of our ancestors, who travelled to the Pacific islands about 3,000 years ago.
Since joining the UCLG ASPAC, KiLGA has benefited from sponsored attendance of various meetings, training, projects, networking and advocacy with other members of the organization as well as development partners.
The Kiribati government also participated and was represented by the Ministry of Internal Affairs’ staff, Eliza Tokataake, Urban Management Officer (UMO) and Emma Nauan, Senior Assistant Secretary (SAS).
Mayor Taoaba Kaiea’s attendance was sponsored by UNLG and UNDP, to whom KiLGA offered its deep appreciation.

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