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Cities and Municipalities Joint Actions to Address Shared Problems - DELGOSEA Welcomes Local Coaches to Capacity Development Workshop

From left: Dr Peter  Koppinger (Country Representative of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Philippines and DELGOSEA Project Director), Mr Prai Pattano (President of Municipal League of Thailand and Mayor of Hat Yai), and Dr Paul Chamniern  Vorratchaiphan (Thailand Environment Institute Director) at the opening ceremony for  DELGOSEA Capacity Development Workshop for Local Coaches,  Pattaya, November 18-25. At this event, a token of solidarity and partnership from the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, was handed over to Mr Prai Pattano to support communications activities during disaster response in Hat Yai.
20/11/2010

Thailand

Dr Peter Köppinger (Country Representative of Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, Philippines and DELGOSEA Project Director) and Mr Prai Pattano (President of Municipal League of Thailand and Mayor of Hat Yai) welcomed the local coaches from DELGOSEA participating countries in Pattaya, Thailand on November 18. In the opening ceremony, they highlighted the importance of joint efforts in addressing the shared problems in the region in order to improve the welfare of the people.

In his opening speech, Dr Köppinger reminded that while the ASEAN countries are moving towards a more integrative collaboration in economics, development, and human rights, the fact remains that millions of people are still suffering from poor public services, security, transparency, and corruption. Many regions are severely affected by natural disasters every year. Therefore, national governments are not able to solve these problems alone – a regional approach is needed by involving local administrations and sharing experiences amongst each other. “This was the reason why the DELGOSEA project has been designed – to share experiences between cities and municipalities, to learn from each other and make a real difference for the life of the people,” said Dr Köppinger.

DELGOSEA has selected 16 local governance best practices from the five countries Cambodia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam and will share and replicate them with other cities and municipalities. In this aspect, the local government associations and local coaches will be the project’s key persons to ensure successful replication of local governance best practice in the pilot cities. The aim of this workshop it to equip local coaches with the skills and knowledge to facilitate the replication of best practices in the selected cities and municipalities, concluded Dr. Köppinger.

Mr Prai Pattano also stressed the importance of joint collaboration to cope with shared problems. “In order to achieve developed and sustainable cities, we need to have integrated approaches, to learn from each other and work on the most possible solutions to address shared problems.”

Five cities/municipalities in Thailand were selected as local governance best practices by DELGOSEA, namely Prik, Phuket, Muangklang, Khon Khaen, and Udonthani. Mr Pattano welcomed participating local coaches and wishes them a productive workshop on best practices replication.

At this event, a token of solidarity and partnership from the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) supported by the Rockefeller Foundation, was handed over to Mr Prai Pattano to support communications activities during disaster response in Hat Yai.