UCLG-MEWA Committee on Cooperation Development and City Diplomacy

In a global world where competition between territories is increasing Local Governments are to play a greater role than ever. With growing competencies in the fields of Economic Development, Culture Management and Research and Development, Local Governments have become key actors to strengthen the attractively of their city. UCLG-MEWA Committee on Cooperation Development and City Diplomacy provide UCLG-MEWA members a platform to share their experience in these fields. 

Being the closest level of governance to citizens, Local Governments are well positioned to adopt the most adapted policies to their needs and therefore increase Democracy within International Relations. UCLG-MEWA Committee on Cooperation Development and City Diplomacy promote Local Democracy as a rampart against violence and tool for development.

Following its role to be the united voice of Local Governments in the international arena UCLG-MEWA made its main mission to localize the New Development Agenda adopted by the United Nations in 2016. In this regard the Committee on Cooperation Development and City Diplomacy is particularly interested in the localization of the Sustainable Developments Goals 11, 16 and 17, respectively related to Sustainable Cities, Peace, Justice, Strong Institutions, and Partnerships.

The Committee is also in charge of supporting UCLG-MEWA reflection on the importance of Local Governments in international debates on development such as the Policy Forum on Development, and the Civil Society Forum of Neighbourhood South, respectively related to DG DECVO and DG NEAR of the European Commission.

UCLG-MEWA Cooperation Development and City Diplomacy:

President and Secreteriat: 
Union of Municipalities of Turkey

Adana Metropolitan Municipality
Ankara Metropolitan Municipality
Konya Metropolitan Municipality

Committee Documents


 UCLG-MEWA Local Government Talks Postponed

Due to the Novel Coronavirus(Covid-19) precautions, we have postponed our UCLG-MEWA Local Government Talks on 18 March 2020 with D-8 Secretary-General Mr. Amb. Dato‘ Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari, to a further date. We kindly submit for your information.


United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA) will organize another session of UCLG-MEWA Local Government Talks, with Ambassador Dato’ Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari, Secretary-General of Developing 8 (D-8), on 18 March 2020, at its General Secretariat in Sultanahmet, Istanbul


UCLG-MEWA Executive Bureau Meeting and Side Event of the Committee on City Diplomacy and Local Governance will be held from 10 to 12 March 2020 under the auspices of Nevşehir Municipality

 UCLG-MEWA is Discussing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans

Sustainable Bus System for Smart Cities Conference will be co-organized by United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA), World Resources Institute for Sustainable Cities (WRI) Turkey Sustainable Cities, Busworld Academy, HKF Trade Fair, Association of Private Urban Public Bus Operators’ Union (TÖHOB), United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UN-CRD) and UN-Habitat on 5-6 March 2020 at Istanbul Expo Center, Turkey

 The Mediterranean Host Municipalities Learning Network 4th Annual Peer-to-Peer Learning Workshop

In the context of the Mediterranean Host Municipalities Learning Network (HMLN), the CMI is organizing the 4th Annual Peer-to-Peer Learning Workshop of the HMLN to take place in Amman, Jordan, on April 5-9, 2020

 UCLG-MEWA call for Solidarity for CORONA Virus

We stand with all cities of the world who are facing this outbreak, specifically Chinese members of UCLG

 World Urban Forum 10th Session

The 10th World Urban Forum (WUF10) will be hosted by Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, on 8-13 February 2020 in partnership with the United Nations Habitat, the Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Transport, the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.


 A greeting message from Mr. Mohammad SAADIE

Yeni yıl vesilesiyle sizlere saygılarımı ve iyi dileklerimi sunuyorum. 2020 yılının tüm dünya ve özellikle MEWA bölgesi için esenlik, refah ve her kademede ilerleme ile dolu bir yıl olmasını diliyorum.


Tourism Media Group is organizing the 7th edition of ACE of M.I.C.E. Exhibition by Turkish Airlines from 22 to 24 January 2020 at Istanbul Congress Center - ICC fairground.