INTERMEDIARY CITIES MIDDLE EAST AND WEST ASIA (MEWA) REGIONAL FORUM

“Intermediary Cities: Key Actors of Sustainable Development” 

Background

United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) Intermediary Cities Working Group was created in April 2014, in partnership with UNESCO Chair of Intermediary Cities and Global Urbanization.  The working group, which was chaired by Chefchaouen Municipality (Morocco) since it was founded, has been re-named as “Intermediary Cities Forum” during the UCLG Congress in Bogota, Colombia on 12-15 October, 2016. UCLG Intermediary Cities Declaration was adopted on the occasion of the UCLG Congress and the HABITAT III Conference that was held back to back with the Congress. Through this Declaration, intermediary cities which gathered under the UCLG umbrella committed to fulfilling their responsibilities for a more sustainable world and made their voices heard by all the stakeholders of the international development agenda.

Why Intermediary Cities Matter

According to the 4th Report of the Global Observatory for Local Democracy and Decentralization (GOLD IV), 30% of the global urban population live in cities, and by 2030, the ratio is expected to reach 50%. Intermediary cities have gradually assumed a stronger position in the global agenda, thanks to their urban development potential and their ideal human scale, and they are recognized as a natural partner in implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals. The current urbanization trend in the world makes it a necessity for intermediary cities to design their own agendas. In this framework, it was decided that a series of preparatory regional fora will be organized in 2017, before the Intermediary Cities World Forum in 2018.

Intermediary Cities MEWA Regional Forum

UCLG-MEWA will organize the Intermediary Cities Middle East and West Asia (MEWA) Regional Forum in Nevşehir, on 21-22 September, 2017, under the auspices of Nevşehir Municipality. The MEWA Region Intermediary Cities Declaration will also be signed during the Intermediary Cities MEWA Regional Forum, which will guide intermediary cities in the region in designing their own agendas, in line with the global urban agenda.

Detailed information on the agenda and the official invitation letters will be sent to our members in the upcoming period. You may contact us through icities@uclg-mewa.org for further information.


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ANNOUNCEMENTS

 UCLG-MEWA EXECUTIVE BUREAU AND COUNCIL JOINT MEETING & UCLG-MEWA URBAN MOBILITY ŞANLIURFA SUMMIT

United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA) Executive Bureau and Council Joint Meeting and UCLG-MEWA Urban Mobility Şanlıurfa Summit will be held on 20-22 November 2018, under the auspices of Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality.

 RELATION OF SUSTAINABILITY – EDUCATION AND WAQFS

23 Ekim 2018 Salı günü saat 15.00’da UCLG-MEWA Genel Sekreterliği’nde gerçekleştireceğimiz söyleşimize sizleri de bekliyoruz.

 2018 UCLG World Council: Program and Agendas

As you know, the World Council will take place from 5 to 8 November in Madrid, back-to-back with the second edition of the World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace, at the kind invitation of Mayor Manuela Carmena.

 Save the date: UCLG-MEWA Urban Mobility Şanlıurfa Summit, 20-22 November 2018, Şanlıurfa, Turkey

As an activity of the UCLG-MEWA Committee on Urban Mobility, “UCLG-MEWA Urban Mobility Şanlıurfa Summit” will be organized on 20-22 November 2018, under the auspices of Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey.

 Kartepe Summit 2018: “Migration, Refugees and Humanity”

After its first edition on "July 15th and Coups D'etat," the second edition of Kartepe Summit will be held with the theme "Migration, Refugees and Humanity", in Kartepe, Kocaeli, Turkey on 26-28 October 2018.

 III. MEETING OF THE UCLG-MEWA COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT

The 3rd Meeting of the UCLG-MEWA Committee on Environment will take place on 7-8 August 2018, under the auspices of Selçuklu (Konya) Municipality.

 GREEN SPACE SUSTAINABILITY IN METROPOLISES

UCLG-MEWA is organizing Local Government Talks on the axis of Sustainable Development Goals since 2017. The Talks are continuing this month by hosting Mr. İsmail Gülal, Member of the Advisory Board of Istanbul Tulip Foundation!

 EXECUTIVE BUREAU IN STRASBOURG: REPORT ON KEY DECISIONS

Following the UCLG Executive Bureau held in Strasbourg, France, on 23-25 May 2018, we are pleased to enclose the Report on Key Decisions.

 UCLG Committee on Culture OBS: a global website on culture, cities and SDGs

Our network has accumulated fifteen years of specific practices and experiences. We have carried out a work of capitalization of these experiences and we are happy to announce that the Committee on Culture of UCLG recently launched a new website on “culture, cities and SDGs”, with good practices on culture and sustainable local development. The observatory, also called “OBS”, is a unique practical website in the world, it includes more than 120 good practices available in the 3 languages of UCLG (English, French and Spanish) that describe cultural projects, programmes and policies coming from cities and local governments from across the world.

 World Refugee Day Joint Event

On World Refugee Day, celebrated every year on June 20th since 2001, we commemorate and honor the people around the world, who had to flee their homes and to escape cruelty, due to violence and oppression they faced. Picking a different theme for each year, United Nations has set the theme of this year as "WithRefugees."

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