The GOLD V Report is now available

The 5th Report of the Global Observatory on Local Democracy and Decentralization (GOLD V), The Localization of the Global Agendas, was presented in Durban at the UCLG World Congress, on November 14 , 2019.

The report is the result of a participatory process which brought together the expertise of researchers from different regions, the work and feedback of all UCLG Regional Sections, Committees and partners, as well as the direct contribution of local and regional governments and their national associations and networks. The Report is the outcome of a collective effort by UCLG and its membership, and it marks a new milestone of collaboration and commitment for our constituency as a whole.

The report showcases local and regional governments’ efforts to achieve the global sustainable agendas, and analyses the evolution of institutional frameworks for local, metropolitan and regional governments in each world region.

The full report (currently available in English only) and the Executive Summaries are now available at the following link.

To consult the Africa chapter of the report, please click here

Photo UCLG World Congress – Durban 2019

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#UCLGCongress #Durban2019 :Notre Journée du 12 novembre en images

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#UCLGCongress #Durban2019 :Le REFELA en Action le 14 novembre

#UCLGCongress #Durban2019 : Notre journée du 14 novembre

#UCLGCongress #Durban2019 : Notre journée du 15 novembre

Durban2019- Réunion club fondateur Agence Afrique Territoriale (11 novembre 2019)

Durban 2019: Session -Façonner des villes résilientes (11 novembre 2019)

Durban 2019- Session des jeunes élus locaux africains (11 novembre 2019)

Comité de pilotage LEDNA (10 novembre 2019)

Réunions statutaires CGLU Afrique -Durban 2019 (9 novembre 2019)



Motion to support mayors and leaders of local and regional governments representatives victims of arrest and detention in the performance of their duties

In view of the increasing situations in which the integrity of local government and its representatives are undermined around the world and in which the fulfilment of the duties of local and regional governments is becoming increasingly difficult and continuously challenged:

We call on national governments all over the world and the international community to pay particular attention to the protection of the rights of local and regional elected officials and leaders of local and regional governments in the performance of their duties, and to ensure that contexts of fragility do not undermine local democracy.

Local and regional governments gathered in Durban at the UCLG Congress acknowledge and pay tribute to their colleagues and former members of the UCLG Governing Bodies Iván Arciénaga, former mayor of Sucre and former Vice President of UCLG for Latin America; and Paola Pabón, Prefect of Pichincha, and further acknowledge and join the motion of support from our colleagues of UCLG-Africa to Adama Sangare, Mayor of the District of Bamako.


Read the Motion of support from the Pan African Councill of UCLG Africa to Mr. Adama Sangae , Mayor of The Bamako District

Online Course in Decentralised Cooperation ( registration open until 15 September)

The Observatory of Decentralised Cooperation EU-LA is launching the fourteenth edition of the online training course in Decentralised Cooperation.

The online training offered by the Observatory will be taught in English, Spanish and French. This will lead to a broader diversity of visions and experiences that will unquestionably result in a richer training.

This course aims to provide local governments with the tools to tackle the challenge of finding opportunities to improve the well-being of their citizens through decentralised cooperation relations. This is a specialisation within international relations and cooperation, closely linked to development and local governance.

Target audience:

The programme primarily targets technical and political decision-makers in international relations and development cooperation at local and regional governments. Similarly, it encourages the participation of applicants from other spheres of government, who guide and manage decentralised cooperation programmes.

The course will run in Spanish, English and French, at the same time, so that candidates from all countries in the world speaking either of those two languages may apply.

Training goals:

·         Pinpoint the benefits of international projection.

·         Highlight the difference between the logic of international cooperation and development in decentralised cooperation actions.

·         Identify the challenges of decentralised cooperation.

·         Embrace the culture of partnerships and agreements.

·         Acquire notions of the management of decentralised cooperation initiatives and instruments: planning, establishment of partnerships, project management and communication management.

·         Learn the rules of cooperation: appropriation, harmonisation, alignment, sustainability, etc.

·         Share various real experiences of decentralised cooperation.



Lesson 1: The international action of local and regional governments

Lesson 2: General framework of development cooperation

Lesson 3: Decentralised cooperation

Lesson 4: Modalities of decentralised cooperation

Lesson 5: Management and evaluation of cooperation projects



The training is designed specifically for experts with a professional activity. It is NOT compulsory to be connected to the Campus at any specific time, so each participant may adapt the learning hours to their own agenda.

Furthermore, this online course is clearly designed to be practical.  Accordingly, there is a strong bias towards activities, most notably those that generate an underlying debate or that are conducted in groups and in relation to practical cases.

Before starting the training as such, the course includes a Module 0 that introduces students to the dynamics and strategies of online training; enabling them to become familiar with the virtual environment and its main tools for communication and interaction with the group.

There will be a teacher and a reference tutor to walk the group through the course materials and the activities linked of each topic.

Applications and admissions:

A total of 35 places are offered for each of the three language modalities (English, Spanish and French). The course carries no cost for participants since the training is offered entirely through scholarships sponsored by the Barcelona Provincial Government.

Once all the applications have been received, the evaluation committee will review the various profiles and select the 35 successful applicants for each of the two language modalities. The selection process will take into account the applicant’s suitability in connection with the target audience profile described above, and will seek to ensure a balanced intake, with participants from as many countries as possible.

The course takes place over 3 months and has a total of 60 equivalent class hours. Participants. 

Key dates:

15 September 2019: Registration period closes.

23 September 2019: Course starts.

15 December 2019: Course ends.

Pre-inscriptions: Application form

Observatory contact email:


Extraordinary meeting of the Executive Committee of UCLG Africa: Morocco chosen as Africa’s candidate for the presidency of UCLG World

Libreville, the capital of Gabon, hosted an extraordinary meeting of UCLG Africa’s Executive Committee on 26 July 2019.  The meeting, convened on the initiative of the President of UCLG Africa, Mr. Léandre Nzue, Mayor of Libreville, was officially opened by the Prime Minister of Gabon: His Excellency Mr Julien Nkoghe Bekalé.

The sole purpose of the Executive Committee meeting (Extraordinary) was the Designation of candidates of Africa for the Presidency of the United Cities and Local Governments – World within the framework of the World Congress that will be held from 11 to 15 November 2019 in Durban, South Africa

For the nomination of the candidate for the position of UCLG World President, the members of the Executive Committee present used a vote to choose between the Moroccan candidature put forward by the Association of Presidents of Moroccan Communal Councils (AMPCC) and the South African candidature put forward by the National Association of South African Local Authorities (SALGA).  At the end of the vote, the Moroccan candidate obtained a majority of votes.

Thus, the President of the AMPCC, Mr. Mohamed Boudra will be Africa’s candidate for the position of UCLG World President.

Concerning the nomination of Africa’s candidate for the post of UCLG Vice-President for Africa, the only candidate in the running was the Association of Municipalities of Burkina Faso (AMBF), represented by its President, Mr. Armand Béouindé.

Elections for the renewal bodies of UCLG are scheduled from 11 to 15 November 2019 in Durban, South Africa during the World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders.

The President of UCLG Africa, Mr. Léandre Nzue, invited all members to mobilise and support Morocco’s candidacy for the position of President of the world organization UCLG.

In Durban, Africa’s mission will be to repeat the achievement of 2016 in Bogota (Colombia), where it was first taken to the head of the world organization through its candidate Park Tau, then president of the National Association of Local Authorities of South Africa (SALGA).


The presentation of the Executive Committee of UCLG Africa is available here





UCLG Congress | Durban 2019 – Registration is now open!


We look forward to welcoming you to the World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders, our triennial UCLG Congress, which will be held from 11 to 15 November in eThekwini-Durban, South Africa.


Signing of an MoU between the Government of Morocco, UN Habitat, UCLG and UCLG Africa

The first World Forum of Intermediary Cities held from 5 -7 July , 2018 in Chefchaouen (Morocco)  was marked by the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Moroccan Government, UN Habitat, the World Organization of Local Governments, UCLG and the umbrella organization for local governments in Africa, UCLG Africa.

This partnership agreement marks the launch of a specific national strategy for intermediary cities: A strategy that will erect these cities as a development and growth catalyst and will set a roadmap for a sustainable development agenda.

The MoU was signed on behalf of:

  • The Moroccan Government, by Mr. Abdelahad Fassi Fihri, Minister of National Planning, Urban Planning, Housing and Urban Policy and  Mr. Khalid Safir, Wali, Director General of Local Governments (DGCL) of Interior Ministry,
  • UN Habitat, by Ms Zena Ali Ahmed, Director of the Regional Office of Arab Countries at UN Habitat,
  • UCLG, by Ms Emilia Saiz, Secretary General of UCLG,
  • UCLG Africa, by Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa.

Mr. Mohamed Sefiani, President of the First World Forum of Intermediary Cities and Mayor of Chefchaouen, expressed his pleasure at witnessing the materialization of this act in his city. “This gathering aims to give more support to intermediary cities. It will help to establish national strategies for intermediary cities. It is true that we started with Morocco, but there will be other countries in the world and especially in Africa,” he said.

Intermediary Cities adopt the Chefchaouen Declaration-Charter of the Intermediary Cities of the World

The specific character and challenges of intermediary cities have, until recently, received limited attention. Their pivotal role in the achievement of more balanced and sustainable urban development processes, and the reduction of territorial inequalities, makes it imperative that Intermediary Cities become more prominent within the localization processes of all Global Agendas.

In this framework, the UCLG Forum on Intermediary Cities, consolidated as a consultation and policy development process, has adopted the Declaration-Charter of the Intermediary Cities of the World at the first UCLG World Forum of Intermediary Cities – held in the city of Chefchaouen on 5–7 July – which gathered more than 250 participants from 40 different countries.

This first World Forum hosted a dialogue between representatives of governments of Intermediary Cities and other key stakeholders, from a range of international organizations to national and regional governments, and representatives of other types of cities.

Building on the values of solidarity, responsibility and transparency that characterize our century-old world movement, Intermediary Cities committed to contribute to the Global Agendas.

To respond to the challenges raised, Intermediary Cities, with the support of a diverse range of partners, identified a series of strategies and concepts that include a strong recognition of the culture of “good living”, as a key factor to achieve sustainable development. Another important aspect is the inclusion of participatory strategies, with particular emphasis on the participation of women, to acknowledge the needs of the citizenship as the basis of the implementation of the SDGs and other Global Agendas; as well as the creation of mechanisms to enable the development of basic services and infrastructure at the local level to face the growing pressure on Intermediary Cities, making citizens the engine of economic growth at the local level.

Intermediary Cities, and their partners, commit to develop concrete actions in this regard and to work towards a second edition of the UCLG World Forum of Intermediary Cities.

For more information visit the website of the event

Local and Regional Governments Ready for Action to Achieve the Global Goals

UCLG calls on partners to join campaign highlighting the role of local and regional governments in the localization of the SDGs and New Urban Agenda.

Local and regional governments were active in the consultations on the 2030 and New Urban Agendas, bringing the priorities, experiences and perspectives of local and regional governments to the global table. Our successful #Listen2Cities campaign called on the international community to take our perspectives into account in the development of the global agendas.

Thanks to the efforts of our members and partners, we achieved the inclusion of SDG 11 on sustainable cities and human settlements in the 2030 Agenda, and a robust framework for the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, which includes priorities such as subsidiarity, the Right to the City, multilevel governance and integrated territorial development.

Now it’s time to make the global goals a reality from the bottom up.

Local and regional governments will be on the front line of localizing the 2030 and New Urban Agendas in their communities. UCLG will be fostering local and regional government action through the #Local4Action and #Regions4Action campaigns.

Over the coming years, UN Member States will report on their progress towards the achievement of the SDGs at the UN. UCLG and the Global Taskforce will complement these reports with #Local4Action and #Regions4Action, providing vital information about how action by local and regional governments is contributing to the achievement of the SDGs.

#Local4Action and #Regions4Action will use the direct experiences of local and regional governments to tell the story of the SDGs from the point of view of towns, cities, regions and communities.

#Local4Action and #Regions4Action will fill in a vital piece of the puzzle for those wanting information on how the SDGs can be achieved on the ground.

#Local4Action aims to inspire partnerships with everyone involved in the achievement of the global goalsand show that we are ready to act at local level and to demonstrate the vital role that local actors need to play.

#Local4Action and #Regions4Action will share effective local policies and practices for achieving the SDGs and promote peer to peer learning within networks of local governments.

#Local4Action and Regions4Action will seek synergies between civil society, communities and sub-national governments. Promoting policies, accountability and showcasing experiences.

If you are active at local level and you want to contribute to our global voice follow us and contribute to the #Local4Action and #Regions4Action hashtags

You can follow UCLG’s and the Global Taskforce’s work on localizing the global goals at these upcoming events:

  • •ECOSOC Forum, Financing for Development, 22-25 May 2017, New York City
  • •”Major cities facing the localization of the global agenda” Metropolis Congress, 19-22 June 2017, Montréal
  • •5th High-Level Policy Forum on Sustainable Development, 10-19 July 2017, New York City

UNACLA’s Plea for a Growing Influence of Local Governments on UN System

On the invitation of Dr Kadir TOPBAS, Mayor of Istanbul and President of UNACLA (United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities (UNACLA), UNACLA members held a working meeting on 24 April 2017 at “Le Grand Tarabya” hotel of Istanbul.

On this occasion, Dr Kadir TOPBAS was surrounded by Mr. Joan CLOS, Executive Director of UN-Habitat and representatives of major umbrella organizations of local governments including UCLG and UCLG Africa, members of UNACLA.

UNACLA took the opportunity of this meeting to present the strategic actions that the institution has to implement over the coming months, following the HABITAT III conference held in Quito in Ecuador from 17 to 20 October 2016.

The main focus areas of UNACLA are based on ‘dialogue’ and ‘political Influence”.


In 2017, UNACLA hopes that local governments will put all their weight to influence the big events and meetings of the United Nations system, including, first of all, the Board of Directors of UN-Habitat which will be held from 08 to12 May 2017, in Nairobi, in order to remind the UN Member States of their commitments to subsidiarity, governance, and fiscal, political and administrative decentralization.

This influence must play on the framework of actions for the implementation of the new urban Agenda, which is being prepared, as well as on the 2030 Agenda.

During the proceedings, a particular emphasis was placed on the need for dialogue between the local and central Governments. UNACLA is trying to promote the opportunities and challenges of implementing the global agendas for local governments.


In this regard, UNACLA is willing to promote the organization of targeted dialogues, promoted by Local Governments in order to raise awareness of specific issues and to support them in the development of indicators on the localization of SDGs and for their contribution to the review of SDG 11 in 2018.

The participants were informed that UNACLA liaison office is open at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. This liaison office has three major missions:

– Produce substantial reports on the implications of the global programs in the actions of local governments in the world (UN meetings and ensure reporting to the members of UNACLA),

– Support delegations of mayors and other representatives of local governments during their stay in New York,

– Contribute to animate the network, via Social Media and generate a monthly newsletter and other communication tools to improve communication, information and analysis on the United Nations to the members of UNACLA network.

UCLG Africa was represented at the meeting by Mr. Léhady SOGLO, Mayor of Cotonou in Benin and Mr. Joachim A. M. HUNLEDE, Director of Programs at the UCLG Africa West Africa Regional Office.