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

 UCLG-MEWA Executive Bureau and the Committee on Culture and Tourism Convene in Izmir

As per the Article 35 of UCLG-MEWA Constitution and the Article 9 of UCLG-MEWA Bylaws, UCLG-MEWA Executive Bureau is convened twice a year. Therefore, the first meeting of the renewed Executive Bureau (renewed on 9-10 July in Amman, Jordan) will be held on 6 December 2019 under the auspices of Izmir Metropolitan Municipality.

 Cultural Policies: a vector for migrants’ inclusion in urban context

 PRESIDENCY OF UCLG-MEWA COMMITTEE ON CULTURE AND TOURISM TO GATHER IN KYRENIA

 6TH UCLG CONGRESS WILL GATHER IN DURBAN

From 11 to 15 November 2019, the city of Durban, South Africa, will host the UCLG Congress, organized every three years to renew the Presidency of the UCLG World Organization. The UCLG Congress, which will be holding its 6th edition this year, will elect the Presidency for the 2019-2022 period and will discuss the global agendas of the cities with the participation of local and regional government leaders from all around the world.

 International Forum on Local Solutions to Migration and Displacement

International Forum on Local Solutions to Migration and Displacement, currently being co-organized by United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia section (UCLG-MEWA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality (Turkey) and World Academy for Local Authorities and Democracy (WALD), will be held in Gaziantep, Turkey from 26 to 27 November 2019.

 Tehran Golden Adobe Global Award 2019

The 4th Edition of Tehran Golden Adobe Global Award will be held on 02 November 2019 coinciding with the commemoration ceremony of World Cities Day by Municipality of Tehran with the rich presence of the honorable mayors, city leaders, local and urban officials and representatives of diplomatic corps and international organizations.

 International Idealkent Awards

 URBAN ECONOMY FORUM 29-30 OCTOBER 2019 TORONTO, CANADA

 UCLG-MEWA COMMITTEES AND PRESIDENCY

UCLG-MEWA Congress was held on 9-10 July 2019 under the auspices of Greater Amman Municipality. In addition to the governing bodies of the Organization for the 2019-2022 Period, Presidencies of the UCLG-MEWA Committees were determined as well.

 4th UCLG Culture Summit 2021: Call for candidacies

Since the founding Congress of Paris, culture has been at the heart of UCLG’s policy agenda

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