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.

Statement: Support for the Mayor of Dakar, Khalifa Sall

United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Metropolis, as well as the International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF) are closely following events in Senegal surrounding the detention of the Mayor of Dakar and President of the Africa section of UCLG, Mr. Khalifa Sall.

Read more here

Do not miss the 5th Issue of UCLG Africa Newsletter!

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa, the voice of local governments of Africa, is happy to share with you its 5th issue of our monthly Newsletter.

The main story of the December issue is the adoption by our members of the organization’s new constitution during our latest statutory meetings we held in Marrakesh on 11, 12 & 13 November 2016.

You can also discover the latest news of our members from the all regions of Africa as well as the latest activities of our various partners from around the world.

You can sign up for our Newsletter to receive regular updates of Africa’s local governments and cities by adding your email address here

Click on here to find out all the news and stories of our December 2016 issue.

International Anti-corruption Day: Local Governments for Transparency

Today marks the International Anti-corruption Day, which is celebrated every 9thDecember of each year since 2013.

On the occasion of the Open Government Partnership Summit organized by the Government of France, the signatory institutions would like to express their commitment to work towards more transparent, accountable and participative cities and territories.

The UN Secretary General, Mr. Ban-ki-moon, seized this opportunity to address Local Governments of the world to insist that “Elected officials, mayors, governors and councilors are at the forefront of the battle for sustainable development. We need strong, capable and accountable local government if we are to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

On this International Anti-corruption Day, UCLG Africa firmly rejects all forms of corruption and supports all Africa’s Local Governments in their fight against this disastrous malpractice.

The Paris Statement on the occasion of this day is available here.

You can also find all the materials regarding the UN Anti-corruption day at

3rd Guangzhou Award: Two African Cities Shortlisted

The 3rd cycle of the Guangzhou International Urban Innovation Award will take place from 5 to 8 December 2016, in the city of Guangzhou, China.

This year, the hosts will organize the Guangzhou International Urban Innovation Conference and the Guangzhou International Innovation Festival seen as the ideal way to display the joint efforts of cities around the world to build a better future.


In fact, the conference aims to highlight innovative ideas and excellent practices of cities and local governments around the world and to bring all of them together to achieve mutual development and shared prosperity.

The shortlisted cities for the 3rd Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation (Guangzhou Award) were announced during the UCLG World Summit in Bogota and they include two African cities. Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) and Qalyubeya (Egypt) will try to follow the steps of Lilongwe (Malawi) and Dakar (Senegal), which won the Guangzhou Award respectively in 2013 and 2014.

The other shortlisted cities are Asuncion (Paraguay), Boston (United States), Brussels (Beem Belgium), Copenhagen (Denmark), Jakarta (Indonesia), La Paz (Bolivia), Luleburgaz (Turkey), Malang (Indonesia), Menashe (Israel), Ramallah (Palestine), Songpa-gu (Korea), Tampere (Finland) and Tlajomulco de Zuñiga (Mexico).

The winners will be announced during the Guangzhou International Urban Innovation Conference. Moreover, the conference will include an opening ceremony, seminars, thematic forums and several other happenings allowing participants to explore issues of urban innovation and development across the world.

The detailed agenda of the Guangzhou International Urban Innovation Conference and the Guangzhou International Innovation Festival is available here.

Furthermore, the Guangzhou Award is jointly hosted by the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries, United Cities and Local Governments, World Association of the Major Metropolises and the City of Guangzhou.

For more information, visit the event website here.