UCLG ASPAC Congress: 27 Cities Pledge to Improve Citizen Welfare

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UCLG ASPAC Congress: 27 Cities Pledge to Improve Citizen Welfare

UCLG ASPAC Congress: 27 Cities Pledge to Improve Citizen Welfare

The 5th United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific (UCLG ASPAC) Congress 2014 kicked-off at the Regent Taipei on September 3. Mayor Hau Lung-bin, on behalf of the city, welcomed dignitaries hailing from 13 municipalities and 16 cities around the world.

Taipei’s hosting of the event marked a milestone for the UCLG ASPAC, as the organization was founded in this very city 10 years ago. The mayor believes it presents an opportunity for visiting guests to witness the progress Taipei has made and learn about the visions set forth by the island’s capital.

According to Hau, cities such as Waterloo, Chiangmai, Sterling, Luxembourg, and Colombo have established long-standing cooperation ties with Taipei. He expressed his gratitude to these cities for their long-term support of Taipei in its bid to host international events, including World Design Capital 2016, Velo-City Conference, and 2010 International Flora Expo.

Highlighting the city’s achievements in waste management, Hau reckoned that good design and an integrated approach play important roles in the formulation of policies. He also set forth his vision of transforming Taipei into an intelligent, green, and sustainable metropolis.

The mayor did not forget to invite attending dignitaries to explore the city’s famous landmarks and rich cultural heritage during their sojourn by utilizing the complementary EasyCard provided by the City. This way, they will have no excuses not to take the MRT, Hau joked.

After the Mayor’s Forum, Hau joined all the representatives in signing the Taipei Declaration which lays out the goals of improving public services, fostering urban development, enhancing quality of living, reducing negative impacts on the environment, and working for the greater good of residents.

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  • Updated: 2014-9-4 17:19
  • Reviewed: 2014-9-4 17:19
  • Source: Department of Information Technology, Taipei City Government

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