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       On behalf of Bangkok citizens, I have a pleasure to mention that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is privileged and honoured to host the 3rd General Assembly of Asian Mayors Forum.

     “Local Governance: Urban Initiatives for Progress and Justice” has been agreed upon to be the theme of the forum, aiming the leaders of Asian cities to share their visions and stimulate networking on progress of the policy, promoting justice on the administration among Asian cities and upholding the interest of all citizens in Asia.

    The forum would very well be regarded as being an excellent opportunity for distinguished Mayors and participants to exchange and share experiences on the improvement and initiatives on the processes of having city administration and development more transparent and just in all aspects. We are planning to have a special session on related topics of common challenges of city management of Asian cities, intra-city cooperations and local governance and public participation.

       Bangkok, as a host city, is utmostly pleasured to welcome the distinguished Mayors and delegations attending this international event. While participating the forum, we would like to cordially invite you to discover the charms of Bangkok’s renowned attractions, cultural heritage and vibrancies. In addition, since the Forum will be coinciding with our renowned Loy Krathong Festival, we have the pleasure and are delighted to schedule the cruising along Chao Phraya River so the serenity of the festival would be witnessed and impressed.

       I am certain that your visit to Bangkok and attend the 3rd General Assembly of Asian Mayors Forum will be very fruitful event and unforgettable memories. 




Background of Asian Mayors Forum

          The first meeting of the Asian Mayors Forum was organized in November 19, 2008 in Tehran by an initiative and at the host of Mr. Mohammed-Baqer Qalibaf, the distinguished Mayor of Tehran, as well as Tehran Municipality which was attended by mayors and municipal authorities from 89 Asian and Non-Asian countries. The participants chose “Asia for Citizens: Integration for a Better Life” as the motto of the meeting and they also welcomed an initiative of the Tehran Mayor for the establishment of the Permanent Secretariat of the Asian Mayors Forum in Tehran. The Forum was established based on the provisions of Article 63 of the 2007 Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) Final Declaration with the purpose of establishing sustainable peace, promoting constructive cooperation among Asian governments and people, enhancing friendly relations among Asian countries as well as providing required ground for sustainable development of all Asian countries in different economic, social, scientific and technological fields. Therefore, one year later, in a meeting attended by 46 Asian mayors or their representatives it was decided that the Asian Mayors Forum meeting shall be organized every two year in one of the Asian cities and accordingly Istanbul was selected as the host to the Second meeting of the Asian Mayors |Forum on April 1-2, 2011.


The second meeting of the Asian Mayors Forum

          The meeting was held in Istanbul, Republic of Turkey on April 1-2, 2011 and was attended by 51 Asian and European mayors, 128 senior experts from Asian municipalities, members of Asian city councils as well as representatives of 10 international bodies and organizations. The meeting was focused on “Impacts of the Global Financial Crisis on the Economies of Asian Cities” as the main subject, with numbers of secondary subjects discussed in different specialized working groups. In addition, three main commissions of the meeting were established and held workshops based on the following topics: 1) Common challenges facing Asian cities; 2) Urban diplomacy and city to city cooperation; 3) Local governments and citizen participation.

          The second meeting of the Asian Mayors Forum ended its work by selecting Dr. Kadir Topbas, Mayor of Istanbul, as the new President of the Asian Mayors Fotum for a two-year term (2011-2012) as well as announcing the 21 member cities of the AMF Executive Board which are Aleppo (Syria); Baalbek (Lebanon); Baghdad (Iraq); Bangkok (Thailand); Beijing (China); Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan); Busan (South Korea); Doha (Qatar); Gaza (Palestine); Gaziantep (Turkey); Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam); Istanbul (Turkey); Kabul (Afghanistan); Karachi (Pakistan); Kazan (Russia); Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia); Kuwait City (Kuwait); Samsun (Turkey); Shiraz (Iran); Surabaya (Indonesia); and Tehran (Iran).

          The Second Meeting of the Asian Mayors forum ended successfully with a fruitful mutual agreement as reflected in the Istanbul Declaration and a commitment of future cooperation by participating cities.


The First Executive Board of Asian Mayors Forum Meeting

Bangkok as one of the Executive Board member cities has been selected to host the first AMF Executive Board Meeting in February 2012. The meeting is a crucial step in laying a solid cooperative framework of the organization where 21 mayors and representatives of the member cities of the Executive Boards join in a discussion on various topics as well as exchanging views and experiences on the relevant issues.




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by Dr. Radut