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

 WE HAVE OPENED AN E-CONDOLENCE BOOK FOR OUR FOUNDING PRESIDENT DR. KADİR TOPBAŞ

We have opened an e-condolence book for our Founding President who made unforgettable contributions to the local government community.

 UCLG Retreat - Session on "MEWA Priorities"

Within the context of the UCLG Retreat UCLG-MEWA will organize a session on "MEWA Priorities", on Thursday, February 18 from 10.00 to 11.30 am CET.

 MESSAGE OF CONDOLENCES

We are deeply saddened to receive the news that Architect Dr. Kadir Topbaş, UCLG-MEWA Founding President has passed away

 UCLG-MEWA NEWSLETTER-29

29th issue of UCLG-MEWA Newsletter has been published! Have a good read.

  CALL FOR SOLIDARITY WITH TRIPOLI MUNICIPALITY IN LEBANON

As UCLG-MEWA family, we express our solidarity with the Lebanese people and local government officials about the sad events that happened in the city of Tripoli on 29 January 2021.

 THE GLOBAL TASK FORCE ON MIGRATION (GTFM) WEBINAR ON “THE IMPORTANCE OF MULTI-LEVEL GOVERNANCE TO ENSURE EFFECTIVE LOCAL RESPONSES TO MIGRATION AND DISPLACEMENT”

 The Role of Local Governments in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage-Turkey

Heritage is heritage only within its own context, have a good read!

 The Anthology of Culture 21 Documents

This book you are holding is a compilation of four different documents highlighting the role of culture in sustainable development.

 THE ADMINISTRATIVE MEETING OF UCLG-MEWA COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT AND "CLEANER AND GREENER RECOVERY: CLIMATE PRIORITIES IN THE POST-COVID-19 ERA" EVENT

UCLG-MEWA Committee on Environment is virtually organizing its Administrative Meeting and Cleaner and Greener Recovery: Climate Priorities in the Post-Covid-19 Era Program on Thursday, January 21, 2021.

 UCLG-MEWA COMMITTEE ON CULTURE AND TOURISM GATHERS ONLINE

The meeting aims to bring together all of the members and the stakeholders and also to demonstrate a vivid exchange of ideas between the actors of the cultural ecosystem on the axis of the MEWA region.

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