UN-HABITAT Report: "The State of Asian Cities 2010/2011"

"The State of Asian Cities 2010/2011"

The report throws new light on current issues and challenges which national and local governments, the business sector and organised civil society are facing. On top of putting forward a number of recommendations, this report testifies to the wealth of good, innovative practice that countries of all sizes and development stages have accumulated across the region. It shows us that sustainable human settlements are within reach, and that cooperation between public authorities, the private and the voluntary sectors is the key to success. This report highlights a number of critical issues – demographic and economic trends, poverty and inequality, the environment, climate change and urban governance and management. 


Urban and Regional Networking

ForUm  Expert Seminar 2011 in the Philippines

Urban Regional Networking
Urban Environmental and Risk Management in Southeast Asia

27 March - 6 April 2011

Expert Seminar on: Urban Environmental and Risk Management in Cebu/ Cagayan de Oro 27. March - 6. April 2011

"Regional Urban Networks: Urban Environmental and Risk Management in Southeast Asia"

On 27 March to 6 April 2011 the expert conference by the ForUm Network, which is composed of members from various academic and non-academic institutions from varied disciplines and expertise on Geography and Urban Studies in Southeast Asia and Germany, will take place at Cebu and Cagayan de Oro Cities in the Philippines. The group has been meeting twice a year since 2007 which started at the Institute of Geography in the University of Cologne, Germany and has moved to different countries in Southeast Asia. This forthcoming conference in the Philippines will be hosted by Capitol University, Xavier University, the National Economic and Development Agency (Region 7), and the Local Government of Cagayan de Oro City.

Merapi Eruption in Indonesia

Report of Pak Kamdi 20 Jan. 2011 - "UGM response to Merapi eruption: translating expertise into practice"

On 4 November 2010 eruption of Mount Merapi reached a very dangerous level. The cosequences therof is extremely horrible. Hundreds of pepole died and thounsands of people had to be evacuated. Although since the beginning the governmant and society have been preparing for the worst situation, but becausee the scale of the eruption which is unanticipated, many problems arise and must be resolved. Gadjha Mada University act quickly to help governments and communities to resolve the problems.

Reflection of the Expert Seminar in Indonesia 2010

 Photo Impressions of Dr. Monsicha:

Monsicha Overview

Dear all: As my heart goes with Indonesian friends at this time of sad news, I would like to share y'all with our good memories in Indonesia.


e-mail of Dr. Boy from 9 Nov. 2010

(October 23 - 30, 2010)

Anselmo B. Mercado (November 09, 2010)


Expert Seminar on "Urban Public Space and Governance": Indonesia 23 - 31 October 2010

Urban Public Space and Governance

International Expert Seminar 23 - 31 October Jakarta/ Yogyakarta & Solo/ Indonesia

The next ForUm Expert Seminar "Urban Public Space and Governance" will take place from 23-31 October in Indonesia, hosted by the Gadjah Mada University (UGM) in Yogyakarta and the Sebelas Maret University (USM) in Solo. The Seminar is targeting to provide a platform for an efficient and fruitful North-South-South dialogue among participants from various disciplines and institutions from all over Southeast Asia and Europe: Academics, governmental and non-governmental representatives, planners and practitioners will share their knowledge and experiences on urban challenges.
The core focus will be on "Urban Public Space and Governance" and we are very grateful for the strong commitment of our Indonesian team which is preparing a very interesting and complex programme for us. With this international conference we will also continue the current discussion on urban heritage by visiting various sites in Yogya and Solo.
Complementary to various excursions and presentations of international and local experts as well as commmon participatory rapid urban appraisals (PUA) on site, the international workshop will be dominated by joined presentations of the country teams and their various current research programmes. We are looking much forward to the discussion and international comparison of the different approaches.

World Habitat Day 2010 - Better City Better Life World Habitat Day 4. October 2010

The United Nations has designated the first Monday of October every year as World Habitat Day. The idea is to reflect on the state of our towns and cities and the basic right of all, to adequate shelter. It is also intended to remind the world of its collective responsibility for the future of the human habitat.

The United Nations chose the theme Better City, Better Life to highlight our collective vision of a sustainable urban world that harnesses the potential and possibilities, mitigates inequalities and disparities, and provides a home for people of all cultures and ages, both rich and poor.



Raise awareness in your city - organize a World Habitat Day event 2010

World Habitat Day provides an excellent opportunity to highlight key human settlements issues. We would like to thank all our partners who in past years have organized awareness raising activities on the day and have described the celebrations that have taken place around the world. In 2009, over 110 activities in 48 countries were organized to advocate for better lives in towns and cities.

Conference for: Innovation and Sustainability Transitions in Asia: Kuala Lumpur/ Malaysia 9-11 January 2011

[...] This conference will focus on the nature and role of sustainable system innovation in transforming Asian development pathways in field such as energy, mobility, sanitation, nutrition and housing in urban and rural areas. The conference will take stock of what has been learned in the International Human Dimensions Programme Core Project on Industrial Transformation (IHDP-IT) over the last ten years, as well as move forward a new research agenda supported by the APN (Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research) and the Research Council of Norway. We welcome an international network of researchers, practitioners, policy makers and other actors who are interested in innovation and in exploring how it influences alternative, more sustainable development pathways.

The conference is organised under the auspices of the IHDP's Industrial Transformation project; APN - Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research; University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur; The Research Council of Norway; Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands and the Jadavpur University, India

Conference registration fee is U$150. This covers:
- Conference materials (programme, list of participants, no bags or folders
- Lunches and coffee breaks on 9th, 10th and 11th January 2011
- Reception buffet on 9th January 2011
- Dinner on 10th January 2011
- Book with selected best papers which will be produced after the conference.

Expert Seminar on Urban Heritage: Vientiane/Lao 03 - 10 July 2010

Challenges of Urban Heritage and Governance in Southeast Asia

International Expert Seminar 03 - 10 July 2010 Vientiane, Lao PDR

We are glad to inform you that ForUm network, in close cooperation with local partners and funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) as well as the German Development Service (DED), is going to organise a second seminar on Urban Heritage. It will take place in Luang Prabang, Lao PDR, from 3 July - 10 July 2010 . Many countries in Southeast Asia have inherited a rich historic architecture and urban heritage. Its great variety, styles and manifestations illustrate different recent phases of the country's history. Greatly neglected and basically unknown, urban heritage is often left unattended, destroyed or improperly restored. This Seminar is targeting at providing a platform for a North-South-South dialogue among the participants and networks from Asia and Europe. Stakeholders from universities, institutions, private sectors, practitioners and civil society groups, including local partners and non-university partners will share their knowledge and experiences.