At the 28th EAROPH World Congress which was held on 5-8 October 2022 in Surabaya, Dr. Ir. Bambang Susantono MCP, MSCE, Chairman of the New Capital Authority (IKN) was present as the main speaker delivering a presentation of the development plan of the Indonesian capital as a Sustainable Forest City.
IKN development is carried out after the Covid-19 pandemic, Nusantara development plan will also include an epidenomics model to support the city’s recovery after the pandemic.
The global pandemic has reduced human development and increased the number of extreme poverty. Thus, IKN is expected to become a future city that has aspects of digitalisation and adaptability to face climate change, narrow social inequality, and improve urbanisation infrastructure.
“In addition to building infrastructure, to plan Nusantara that has a soul to become liveable and loveable, the central government invites various government and private parties to work together in developing human settlements and IKN ecosystems that support economic development, environmental sustainability, and social inclusivity,” said Bambang Susantono.
On that occasion, Dr. Emil Elestianto Dardak, B. Bus., MSc., President of EAROPH 2022-2024 fully supports the development of IKN.
“EAROPH’s membership consists of international human settlement experts from private, public and academic sectors. We are committed to supporting IKN development in realizing Sustainable Forest City. I invite regional heads, experts, practitioners, and academics in the field of sustainable settlements who are present to share knowledge and exchange best practices to realise the archipelago as a modern and sustainable forest city.”
Ar. Yolanda D. Reyes, who was President of EAROPH in the previous period, called IKN a “Paradise in the Making” and expressed her support for the realisation of IKN as a green and modern city that is the dream of human settlement and regional planning practitioners.
In addition, Dr. Lee Sang Koon, Director of Global Development Partnership Center (GDPC) of the Korea Research Institute of Human Settlements (KRIHS), who is also a delegate from EAROPH Korea related to the experience of South Korea moving the government capital from Seoul to Sejong.
He expressed his interest in being part of the IKN development which is seen as very inspiring. Sharing the same view, Datin Tpr Hjh Noraida Saludin, President of the Malaysian Institute of Planners (Malaysian Planning Institute) also related to the development of the capital city in Putrajaya. She believes IKN will become a reference for practitioners and experts all over the world on settlements and regional planning.
Prior to his appointment as Chairman of the New Capital Authority (IKN), Bambang Susantono served as Vice President of Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development for the 2015-2022 period at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). In early September 2022, he together with ADB and the ADB Institute just launched the book “Informal Services in Asian Cities: Lessons for Urban Planning and Management from the Covid-19 Pandemic.”
The Eastern Regional Organisation for Planning and Human Settlements (EAROPH) is a multi-sectoral international organisation covering the private, public, and academic sectors. Since its founding in 1956, EAROPH has had a goal to consolidate the provision of a better quality of life and settlement planning in Asia, Australasia, and the Pacific.
For the 28th EAROPH World Congress, East Java was appointed as the host. The international congress has been held on 5-8 October 2022 and raises the theme the Future of Human Settlements: Accelerating Recovery and Ushering into a New Era of Sustainable Urbanisation Post Covid-19.
At the launch of this event, Emil Dardak was appointed to be the President of EAROPH for the period 2022-2024.
The main agenda at this event includes the ASEAN Mayors Forum (AMF) roundtable discussion in partnership with the United Cities and Local Government (UCLG) in the Asia Pacific. This organisation oversees regional heads and local government associations in the Asia Pacific region.
Various experts and practitioners in the field of planning and settlements from Asian countries and Australia were also present to fill various sessions discussing future cities and human settlements. International and multilateral organisations such as UNESCAP, UN Habitat, World Bank, and ADB.
This international congress was held in collaboration with the East Java Provincial Government and the Regional Infrastructure Development Agency (BPIW) of the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing (PUPR).