INTERNATIONAL / GLOBAL AGENDAS

RELATIONS WITH INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

Within the context of following-up international agendas and international relations, some of the works of UCLG-MEWA are as follows;

  • Conducting institutional relations with UCLG World Organization
  • Following and managing the relations with the international partners, specifically the UN and the EU
  • Informing members and other departments about the international agendas
  • Steering the signing processes of cooperation protocols and memoranda of understanding for strengthening cooperation with other UCLG sections, international organizations, and non-governmental organizations

INTERNATIONAL AGENDAS WE ARE FOLLOWING-UP

Sustainable Development Goals

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by all United Nations Member States in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, now and into the future. At its heart are the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. They recognize that ending poverty and other deprivations must go hand-in-hand with strategies that improve health and education, reduce inequality, and spur economic growth – all while tackling climate change and working to preserve our oceans and forests.

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Paris Climate Agreement

The Paris Agreement builds upon the Convention and for the first time brings all nations into a common cause to undertake ambitious efforts to combat climate change and adapt to its effects, with enhanced support to assist developing countries to do so. As such, it charts a new course in the global climate effort.

The Paris Agreement central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius. Additionally, the agreement aims to strengthen the ability of countries to deal with the impacts of climate change.

To reach these ambitious goals, appropriate financial flows, a new technology framework, and an enhanced capacity-building framework will be put in place, thus supporting action by developing countries and the most vulnerable countries, in line with their own national objectives. The Agreement also provides for enhanced transparency of action and support through a more robust transparency framework.

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New Urban Agenda

The New Urban Agenda was adopted at the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) in Quito, Ecuador, on 20 October 2016. It was endorsed by the United Nations General Assembly at its sixty-eighth plenary meeting of the seventy-first session on 23 December 2016.

The New Urban Agenda represents a shared vision for a better and more sustainable future. If well-planned and well-managed, urbanization can be a powerful tool for sustainable development for both developing and developed countries.

The New Urban Agenda has been translated to more than 30 languages, including the six United Nations official languages, as well as the most widely spoken languages in the world such as Hindi, Bengali, or Portuguese. These translations reach more than eighty percent of the world’s total population calculating the languages by the total number of speakers.

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Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction

The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 (Sendai Framework) is the roadmap for how we make our communities safer and more resilient. As the first major agreement of the post-2015 development agenda, it provides Member States with concrete actions to protect development gains from the risk of disaster.

The Sendai Framework works hand in hand with the other 2030 Agenda agreements, including The Paris Agreement on Climate Change, The Addis Ababa Action Agenda on Financing for Development, the New Urban Agenda, and ultimately the Sustainable Development Goals.

UNDRR has been tasked to support the implementation, follow-up and review of the Sendai Framework and coordinate action within the UN system around disaster risk reduction to make this happen.

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OTHER INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND INITIATIVES

Policy Forum on Development

High-Level Political Forum

UN-HABITAT

UNDP

UNDP IICPSD

UNACLA

UN WOMEN

UNICEF

National Democratic Institute

Association of Netherlands Municipalities VNG

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)

Arab Towns Organization (ATO)

Organization of Islamic Capitals and Cities (OICC)

Asian Development Bank

Islamic Development Bank

D-8 Organization for Economic Development

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 THE DEADLINE TO APPLY FOR THE UNITED NATIONS PUBLIC SERVICE AWARDS 2021 HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 24 NOVEMBER 2020

The United Nations has extended its deadline for accepting nominations for the 2021 United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA) to 24 November 2020.

 D-8 SECRETARY GENERAL WILL BE THE GUEST OF UCLG-MEWA LOCAL GOVERNMENT TALKS

On Wednesday, 25 November 2020 at 11.00 (GMT+3).

 TEHRAN GOLDEN ADOBE GLOBAL AWARD 2020

 UCLG-MEWA LOCAL GOVERNMENT TALKS HOST ENG. ALAADDİN M. AL BATTA

On Monday, 26 October 2020, at 14.00 (GMT+3)

 UCLG-MEWA EXECUTIVE BUREAU AND COUNCIL TO CONVENE

On 22 October 2020

 WEBINAR ON EMPOWERING LOCAL COMMUNITIES FOR INCLUSIVE COVID-19 RECOVERY

UCLG-MEWA and UN-Habitat Regional Office for the Arab States (ROAS) are organizing a webinar on “Empowering Local Communities for Inclusive COVID-19 Recovery” and it will be held via Zoom on Monday, 26 October, 2020 at 10:00 (CEST).

 UCLG-MEWA EXECUTIVE BUREAU AND COUNCIL TO CONVENE

Within the scope of the biannual UCLG-MEWA Executive Bureau (April/May - October/November) and annual UCLG-MEWA Council (October/November), a thematic session entitled "Evaluation of City Government Strategies for the Post-COVID-19 Era from the Perspective of UCLG-MEWA Committees" will be organized virtually on 22 October 2020.

 UCLG-MEWA LOCAL GOVERNMENT TALKS HOST MUSA HADID

On Wednesday, 7 October 2020, at 13.00 (GMT+3).

 UCLG-MEWA LOCAL GOVERNMENT TALKS HOST NEŞET TARHAN

On Thursday, 1 October 2020, at 15.00 (GMT+3)

 UCLG-MEWA LOCAL GOVERNMENT TALKS HOST ALİ YILDIRIM SEZER

On Wednesday, 30 September 2020, at 15.00 (GMT+3).

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