The 5th Asian-Pacific City Summit

Duration of the Conference

  • August 30-September 1, 2002

Host City

  • Fukuoka, Japan

Main Theme

  • New Approach to City Planning for the 21st Century

Subsession Themes

  • 1. City Planning with Citizen Involvement
  • 2. Customer-Based & Results-Oriented Governmental Reform
  • 3. e-Governance --IT & City Planning--
  • 4. Collaboration among Industry, Academia and Local Government

Keynote Speeches

    • Keynote Speech 1
    • Transforming Public Bureaucracies: Five Strategies to Record Your Organizational DNA
    • Mr. David Osborne
    • Keynote Speech 2
    • Information Renaissance City in the Era of Ubiquitous Networking
    • Mr. Kouji Ohboshi


Aug. 30Morning
    • Opening Ceremony
    • Keynote Speech
    • Sub-session
Aug. 31Morning
    • Keynote Speech
    • Sub-session
    • Plenary Session
    • Adoption of Joint Declaration
    • Closing Ceremony
Sep. 1Morning
    • Administrative inspection trip (Island City)


    • Hotel New Otani Hakata
    • 1-1-2 Watanabe-dori, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka City 810-0004 Japan


  • 24 Cities from 12 Countries and Regions


  • UN-HABITAT Regional Office


  • Ministry of Government Administration and Home Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Representative of Participating Cities

  • Auckland (New Zealand) / Councillor (Chairman of Strategy and Governance Committee) / Mark Donnelly
  • Bangkok (Kingdom of Thailand) / Deputy Permanent Secretary / Nathanon Thavisin
  • Brisbane (Australia) / Councillor / Leslie D Bryant
  • Busan Metropolitan City (Republic of Korea) / Mayor / Ahn, Sang-young
  • Dalian (People's Republic of China) / Mayor / Li Yongjin
  • Fukuoka (Japan) / Mayor / Hirotaro Yamasaki
  • Guangzhou (People's Republic of China) / Vice Mayor / Su Zequn
  • Ho Chi Minh City (Socialist Republic of Viet Nam) / Vice Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee / Vu Hung Viet
  • Hong kong (People's Republic of China) / Deputy Director of Planning (Territorial & Sub-Regional) / Ava NG
  • Ipoh (Malaysia) / Secretary General / Hj. Zainal Abidin bin Omar
  • Jakarta (Republic of Indonesia) / Assistant City Secretary for Community Welfare / Achmad Harjadi
  • Kagoshima (Japan) / Mayor / Yoshinori Akasaki
  • Kitakyushu (Japan) / Deputy Mayor / Koji Ebata
  • Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) / Director of Economic Planning and Development / Salleh Yusup
  • Kumamoto (Japan) / Mayor / Yasuyuki Misumi
  • Manila (Republic of the Philippines) / Councilor / Eduardo P. Quintos XIV
  • Miyazaki (Japan) / Mayor / Shigemitsu Tsumura
  • Nagasaki (Japan) / Deputy Mayor / Hiroshi Inuzuka
  • Oita (Japan) / Mayor / Keinosuke Kinoshita
  • Saga (Japan) / Mayor / Toshiyuki Kinoshita
  • Shanghai (People's Republic of China) / Deputy Secretary General / Wu Nianzu
  • Republic of Singapore / Chief Executive Officer of Urban Redevelopment Authority / Tan Yong Soon
  • Urumqi (People's Republic of China) / Deputy Mayor / Ma Saimin
  • Vladivostok (Russian Federation) / Vice Mayor / I. V. Abrosjkin

Language Used

  • 4 Languages (Japanese, English, Chinese and Korean)

Joint Declaration : Fukuoka Declaration

The 5th Asian-Pacific City Summit was held in Fukuoka City during the period August 30 to September 1, 2002, co-organized by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). With the admission of Vladivostok, the Russian Federation, leaders of 24 cities from 12 countries joined here in Fukuoka.

At present, almost half of the world's population lives in urban areas. The ratio is predicted to reach 60% in the next two decades. The 21st century is undoubtedly the "Era of Cities." A city government is positioned closest to people living in communities. It responds to citizens' needs by working directly with them to bring about solutions to various urban issues in such fields as environment, transportation and water resources. While its role and responsibility have become remarkably significant, the city administration needs to have clear focus on the increasingly enhanced awareness of the public, as well as their demand for more effective and efficient financial resource allocation.

Under the general theme, "New Approach to City Planning for the 21st Century ~ from Governing to Good Governance ~," we, at the Summit, discussed better governance as our common agenda, shared our approaches for ensuring good city management in collaboration with citizens. The possibility of inter-city cooperation was also a major issue of our deliberations.

In consequence, we have the common recognition that, in the city management, it has become increasingly important to accurately grasp citizens' needs, promote the customer-based and result-oriented administration and establish a new public management system in which a government can share information with citizens so as to better ensure citizens involvement in the decision making process.

Furthermore, at the 4th Asian-Pacific City Summit held in Busan, Korea in 2000, it was proposed to establish a new organization to develop the tourist industry in the Asian Pacific region. We had further discussions on this subject and reached an agreement to its foundation.

At the closing of the 5th Asian-Pacific City Summit, we hereby adopt the following "Fukuoka Declaration", for the sake of promoting joint efforts for continued development of Asian Pacific cities:

1. In order to further promote good governance, we are determined to reflect a number of advanced approaches shared at this Summit meeting on our own city management and to continue to have similar opportunities to learn experience and expertise from each other, with the cooperation of the United Nations, UN-Habitat, and other relevant organizations. We also encourage the utilization of Information Technology in sharing our approaches.

2. We have established the Tourism Promotion Organization for Asian-Pacific Cities (TPO), aiming at the regional development of tourism and economy as a whole in the Asian Pacific cities. We will work together to enrich and promote the function of TPO.

3. We will hold the 5th Working Level Conference in Kumamoto City, Japan in 2003 and the 6th Mayors Conference in Bangkok, Thailand in 2004.

August 31, 2002 Fukuoka City, Japan