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In the Spotlight: UCLG ASPAC

In the Spotlight: UCLG ASPAC

As part of a new series of articles, looking more closely at key DELGOSEA members who are holding the network together and work behind the scenes in each country, the focus this month is on UCLG ASPAC.

United Cities and Local Governments Asia-Pacific (UCLG ASPAC), the regional partner of DELGOSEA since the network started to organise itself in 2010, is based in Jakarta, Indonesia. The organisation brings substantial knowledge on local government issues in the region to the network and takes part in the key decision-making processes within DELGOSEA. 

UCLG ASPAC is part of UCLG, a worldwide association of local government organisations that dates back to 1913. UCLG is the only local government organisation recognised by the United Nations, and nominates 10 out of 20 members of UNACLA, the first advisory body of local authorities affiliated with the UN. The Asia and Pacific region is the biggest of the eight sections in UCLG with linkages to more than 7,000 local governments. It represents well over 3.76 billion people - more than half of the world population - and incorporates economically fast developing countries such as China, India and Indonesia.

As the united voice and advocate of democratic local self-government, UCLG ASPAC promotes cooperation between governments and within the wider international community in the Asia-Pacific region. The organisation works hard to ensure effective political representation of local governments to the UN and other international organisations, such as ASEAN. It also puts a great emphasis on capacity building, one of the areas it is focusing on for DELGOSEA as well. Twining and other forms of partnerships as well as the exchange of best practices are also on UCLG ASPAC’s agenda.

Within the UCLG ASPAC secretariat, it is Atik Kumala Devi as the Strategic Services Manager who is responsible for all matters concerning DELGOSEA, especially strategic advocacy towards ASEAN and capacity building training. She is guided by the Secretary General, Dr Bernadia Irawati Tjandradewi, who represents UCLG ASPAC at all major DELGOSEA events. As the main administrator of the secretariat of the Standing Committee (SC), Atik is also be responsible for coordinating the SC members and ensuring a smooth running of the SC, preparing meetings and keeping up the information flow.

With the gradual expansion of the network to more ASEAN countries, UCLG ASPAC’s role as a regional knowledge hub on local government issues and an experienced advocacy actor will only increase in importance.

Coming up next month: Konrad Adenauer Foundation (KAS) 

For more information on UCLG ASPAC on

United Cities and Local Governments – Asia Pacific