The constituency of local and regional governments worldwide responds to the call of UN75

In the framework of the United Nations General Assembly, local and regional governments worldwide are launching their vision, laid out in the Report to UN75 on how Local and Regional Governments Envision the Global Future.




In 2020, on the occasion of the United Nations 75th anniversary, at a time of great challenge and in the midst of the “Decade of Action”, Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called for unity and accelerated action for all the peoples of the world, convening a global dialogue to discuss human priorities and how we can build a better future for all. The international municipal and regional movement, convened by the Global Taskforce facilitated by UCLG, joined the UN75 global conversation to ensure that the voices of cities and regions around the world are represented.

Our constituency has responded to the call with a report on what the state of multilateralism will be like in 2045, envisioning the future of the world achievable through the renewal of the multilateral model that responds to the dreams and expectations of our communities.

The report that our constituency of local and regional governments is presenting is the result of the vision and the leadership of cities and regions from all over the world, who envision a world that leaves no one and no place behind in the recovery from the pandemic and that considers everyone in the decision-making process.

Our constituency has also addressed the important role of local and regional governments leading the way during the pandemic in a session hosted at the UN SDG Action Zone in which President of UCLG and Mayor of Al-Hoceima Mohamed Boudra, Copresident of UCLG and Mayor of Polokwane Thembisile Nkadimeng, and Vice President of UCLG Mohamed Saadieh, along with Mayor of Quelimane Manuel de Araújo and Mayor of Oss Wobine Buijs-Glaudemann laid out the aspirations of local governments for the recovery. UCLG Treasurer and Mayor of Kitchener Berry Vrbanovic took part in another session, titled “Alliances for action: What the world wants” highlighting the results of the Report.

We need to bring about a next generation of multilateralism that integrates local democracy at the core of peaceful societies

The current COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on some of the shortcomings of our current multilateral model and recalls the need for cooperation between different spheres of governance and between different actors. Local and regional governments are willing to be a part of the future of the multilateral system and ensure that the future livelihoods of our communities are drivers of global policies, and that the dreams and expectations of people all over the world truly shape actions and decisions.

Our collaboration with UN75 is now more relevant than ever, as our recommendations is an integral part of how we envision the future of our planet by putting communities at the center of the transformation of a renewed multilateralism. A world that ensures the provision of public services, that promotes local consumption and production patterns and an inter-city system that builds on the strength of cities and regions will be key to developing the next generation of multilateralism that our communities demand.

Local and regional governments ready to co-create the future that we want

2020 is, in spite of the worst of the pandemic, still an opportunity for dialogue. An opportunity to gather all stakeholders and ensure that their views are considered, that shared priorities are discussed, and that, together, we find ways to build a better future for all.

UCLG, on behalf of the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments is convening a meeting on the 8th of October dedicated to discuss the findings of our report and the UN75 report and how best to take them forward at the local, regional and global level. The session will gather representatives from local and regional governments, as well as the presence of the highest level from the United Nations to debate the priorities for “recovering better” after the pandemic, debate our long-term priorities for the future, and what a renewed and networked multilateral system will look like.

The time for action is now. Our unique position as the constituency of local and regional governments is one that harnesses inclusion and co-creation, one that embraces the structural shift needed to move us towards “community-driven multilateralism”. It is the moment to establish a governance model based on making decisions following patterns of collaboration and not competition.

The greatest global challenges that the SDGs respond to need to be addressed at the territorial and local level and owned by the communities. Only then will we ensure that citizens can be part of the change that we need.


Source: UCLG 

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Renewal process of the UCLG Policy Councils

As you know, the UCLG Policy Councils provide an opportunity for political representatives to participate in the Organization’s policymaking and to have their views raised before the UCLG’s governing bodies.

The Policy Councils usually meet twice a year, in the framework of the UCLG statutory meetings (Executive Bureau in the first half of the year / World Council in the second half).

Four Policy Councils are currently active:

The Policy Council has carried out its mandate to place the focus on shifting the narrative around Migration, as well as debating views on how to support the realization of the right to adequate housing for all.

The Policy Council has brought the views on Culture as the Fourth Pillar of Sustainable Development, protecting its core value, and fostering city diplomacy and dialogue as a way to promote peace.

How to carry out an integrated territorial approach to development and, in particular, how to promote local governments’ access to finance by rethinking and strengthening subnational financing in order to better provide basic services for the citizens has been the main focus of the Policy Council.

The Policy Council has promoted the role of local governments in creating the Global Alliance on Urban Crises, and has worked to highlight the role local and regional governments can play in carrying out an ecological transition. The Declaration on Humankind Rights was recommended to be adopted at the Executive Bureau in Montevideo after being debated by the Policy Council.

The above themes are the results of the priority axes of our Organization and reflect key issues covered by the global agendas for development. It is clear that the work of the above Councils remains very relevant and that they will need to adapt their focus to the post-COVID reality.

The Executive Bureau also validated the need, expressed by the membership, to develop a 5th Policy Council dedicated to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda, which could pay special attention to the work of local government associations in the country wide implementation plans.

[For more information on how the Policy Councils function, you can read the Terms of Reference adopted by the Executive Bureau in Madrid in 2017]

How to express your interest in actively participating in the Policy Councils

Should you be interested in becoming a member of a Policy Council, we invite you to send an email to by 10 September at the latest, indicating in the subject of the email “Policy Councils renewal” and the name of the Policy Council you would be interested in.

If you are already involved in a Policy Council and wish to continue your work, please also write to, following the same indications.

Next steps

  • All the expressions of interest will be put to the consideration of the Presidency during its next meeting in September (date to be confirmed).
  • The Committee on Statutory Affairs will conduct a final revision and will present the proposals to the World Council in November.
  • Renewed priorities for the work of the Councils are expected to be developed until the Executive Bureau of 2021 following initial discussions at the World Council.

Should you have any questions on the process, the statutory affairs team remains at your disposal at the same email (

4th International Award UCLG –Mexico City -Culture 21: Segou (Mali) winner, special mention for Yopougon (Ivory Coast)

The results of the fourth edition of the International Award UCLG –Mexico City -Culture 21 were made public on 29 May 2020 during the Executive Bureau of UCLG.  Two African cities are among the laureates, Ségou from Mali and Yopougon from Côte d’Ivoire.

In the “city” category, 81 81 bids from cities and local governments from across the world  were received between 15 November 2019 and 18 March 2020.

The Jury analysed all the nominations submitted in each of the two categories and decided to award the Prize to the nominations of (in alphabetical order) “Network of Arts and Cultural Practices in  Medellín”, submitted  by the City of Medellín (Colombia), and “Ségou: A Creative City”, submitted  by Ségou (Mali).  Each candidature will receive EUR 25,000.

The project “Ségou: A Creative City” started in 2015 as an initiative by the Festival on the Niger Foundation. In partnership with the municipality of Ségou, the initiative has provided the city with a sound cultural policy focused on sustainable development. The implication and commitment of all cultural actors together with the local government and civil society in the implementation process of this solid initiative has helped unfold its main objectives, providing access for everyone to culture and enhancing the value of Ségou’s cultural identities -music, design and fashion, visual arts, heritage and gastronomy- and artistic and cultural creation, by putting art and culture at the centre of local development. “Ségou: A Creative City” has contributed to professionalize the cultural sector as well, improving the working conditions of cultural and creative actors and creating synergies among cultural organisations, stakeholders and citizens. Furthermore, “Ségou: A Creative City” constitutes a suitable framework for collaboration with other African cities, and promotes the implementation of projects based on co-creation, co-production, exchange of experiences and sharing of good practices.More details on the Segou project here.

The International Jury decided  to award 2 cities, give 7 special mentions, and award 2 individuals. Among the special mentions, the city of Yopougon was selected for its project ”  “Yopougon: Becoming an educational and creative city through social cohesion”. This is a sound and complete initiative that demonstrates the willingness of the local government to place culture as a pillar of local sustainability policies. The initiative has a clear inclusive and participatory component, with specific lines on the integration of youth into the cultural and creative sector, which has resulted in the improvement of the well-being of citizens. More details here.

All the details about the 4th edition of the UCLG International Prize – City of Mexico -Culture 21 here.

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

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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.