About Us

UCLG-MEWA About Us

As one of the nine sections of UCLG World Organization, representing more than 100 years of experience in building cooperation among local governments and gathering the local governments of the world under one roof; United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA) is continuing its efforts to ensure the effective representation our local governments at international platforms, to establish strong governance structures and to follow up the localization of international agendas in the MEWA region.

Our aim as UCLG-MEWA is to establish multi-tier partnerships and to be the international voice and advocate of local governments in our region, transcending the national borders, by protecting the values, goals and interests of local governments.

With its intense global agenda, this era has put a historic responsibility on us,
to make the best of “the era of local.” And this responsibility, in its most general terms, is the localization efforts to ensure the applicability of international agendas in our cities, without delay.

Containing action plans for achieving the goals set on the basis of the 1992 Rio Earth Summit where "sustainable development" was identified as the common goal of humanity; the document titled "Agenda 21" has been embraced by all UN member states. Following this step, in the year 2000, the UN Millennium Development Goals were adopted, bringing together basic issues on development such as a fair world order, equality of access to opportunities and protection of the environment, under 8 main titles. Within this framework,
 UCLG-MEWA assumed the coordination of the Localization Program of the Millennium Development Goals in Turkey, through the Local Agenda 21 Network.

Following the expiration of Millennium Development Goals, more inclusive and universal Sustainable Development Goals were adopted in 2015, with an aim to create decent living conditions for all by 2030. This new process provided an important opportunity to localize the Sustainable Development Goals within our region, based on our experience from the Local Agenda 21 Program.

New Urban Agenda, which was adopted during the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urbanization held in Quito, Ecuador in 2016; is also an important reference document for us, providing a framework for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals in urban settings. Based on our experience and abovementioned reference works, we, as UCLG-MEWA, will continue to reflect the synergy that we create with our members, to our works for creating sustainable and innovative cities in our region.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 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."

 MECHELEN DECLARATION ON CITIES AND MIGRATION

 UCLG WORLD FORUM ON INTERMEDIARY CITIES (I-CITIES), 5-7 JULY 2018, CHEFCHAOUEN-MOROCCO

UCLG World Forum on Intermediary Cities will take place on 5-7 July 2018, in Chefchaouen, Morocco, where participants will discuss many thematic areas such as global environmental agendas, citizens’ participation, local development strategies, providing a fair regional order, and prosperity culture in i-cities.

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