UCLG-MEWA Committee on Environment

UCLG for Environment                      

UCLG policies are developed through its committees that it has launched. These committees deal with policy preparations and implementation in priority areas and they set the next working program. They contribute to the works for enriching the discussions within UCLG by elaborating proposals and cooperation initiatives.

Within UCLG, environment is discussed through the committees below:

· UCLG Committee for Urban Health
· UCLG Committee on Strategic Urban Planning
· UCLG Committee on Urban Mobility
· UCLG Committee on Peripheral Cities

UCLG operates the advocacy and representation of the local and regional authorities in the issue of environment through four main subjects in its international agenda, and it ensures the participation of local authorities in policy making processes.

In this regard, UCLG develops implementation, action, and campaign methods and policies related to the topics in its agenda, and makes the announcement to the world.

  • Climate Change
    - Local Government Climate Roadmap
    - Compact of Mayors
  • HABITAT III:
    - Global Task Force
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Urban Sustainability Agenda and the publication The City of 2030: Our Manifesto

Why UCLG-MEWA established the Committee on Environment?

UCLG-MEWA Committee on Environment was established by the decision taken at UCLG-MEWA Executive Bureau and Council Joint Meeting held in Adana, Turkey on 19 December 2014.

This Committee, operates the works of local governments which are the main actors in the fight against environment problems in order to make them more active in this field and contribute to the solution, thus; mobilizes these institutions which have vital importance with regards to the future of the cities and societies.

As one of the 8 sections of UCLG World Organization, we adopt every headline in UCLG agenda as our priorities and we announce that we will operate the advocacy in global level for the interest of the local and regional governments in MEWA region.

In this regard, we have set the topics of climate change, renewable energy, urban agriculture areas, sustainable waste management and pollution (land, water, air, noise) as our major discussion topics of the local governments in the region.

Compact of Mayors, which is one of the most important initiatives of local authorities related to climate change issue, is an agreement by city networks and their members to undertake a transparent and supportive approach to reduce city-level emissions, to reduce vulnerability and to enhance resilience to climate change, in a consistent and complementary manner to national level climate protection efforts.

We are taking on the task of advocacy related to this agreement and working on its promotion, and we are working on our local and regional authorities’ climate related contributions to find a place in international arena through their commitments.

We are supporting many events on water and transportation, sharing them with our members, and with their participation in these events we are developing our relations for their maximum gains.

Through this new platform, we ensure the information and experience exchange between local governments and other relevant actors by carrying out cooperation activities.

Committee’s first meeting in which we follow up our activities and ensure coordination, took place in Malatya, Turkey on 13 November 2015, upon the request of Malatya Metropolitan Municipality.

UCLG-MEWA Committee on Environment

President and Secreteriat: İstanbul Metropolitan Municipality (Turkey)

Co-Presidents:   Dura Municipality ( Palestine)
                          Konya Metropolitan Municipality ( Turkey)
                          Malatya Metropolitan Municipality (Turkey)
                          San’a Municipality (Yemen)
                          Seferihisar Municipality ( İzmir, Turkey)
                          Tabriz Municipality ( Iran)

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 KÜTAHYA DECLARATION OF INTERMEDIARY CITIES HAS BEEN PUBLISHED

Kütahya Declaration places Intermediary Cities in an action-oriented agenda. The Declaration includes interesting details regarding the potential of these cities in the post-Covid recovery agenda!

 UCLG-MEWA NEWSLETTER-31

We present you, our esteemed readers, our 31th issue titled "From Implementation to Reporting: Cities Pioneering in SDG Localization", and wish you pleasant reading!

 UCLG-MEWA EXECUTIVE BUREAU AND COUNCIL TO CONVENE IN BALIKESİR, TURKEY

United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA) Executive Bureau and Council Joint Meeting and the Global Taskforce on Migration (GTFM) End-of-Year Reflection Meeting will be held on Thursday, 11 November 2021 under the auspices of Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality as UCLG-MEWA Co-President.y as UCLG-MEWA Co-President.

 THE 2ND WORLD FORUM ON INTERMEDIARY CITIES WAS HELD IN KÜTAHYA

Forum was held under the auspices of Kütahya Municipality in Turkey on 5-8 October 2021.

 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between UCLG-MEWA and Asian Mayors Forum (AMF)

Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between UCLG-MEWA and Asian Mayors Forum (AMF) to providing a general framework in promoting the localization of the Urban Global Agendas and increasing the membership base of both organizations.

 UCLG CULTURE SUMMIT IN IZMİR: REGISTRATION & PROGRAMME

The Summit will send strong messages on the role of culture in development, and its programme will emphasize that culture is an integral part of sustainable cities and communities.

 UCLG WORLD SECRETARIAT EXTENDS SOLIDARITY TO TURKEY

Saiz: “We would like to express our solidarity with the people and local governments of Turkey that are affected by the situation, in particular in the area of Marmaris.”

 CALL FOR SOLIDARITY

As UCLG-MEWA Presidency and members, we express our solidarity with the Turkish people and local governments over the ongoing wildfires, which have had devastating effects in particularly southern Turkey.

 CALL TO HOST UCLG-MEWA EXECUTIVE BUREAU AND COUNCIL MEETINGS

Our Organization is planning to hold UCLG-MEWA Executive Bureau and Council Meetings, which will last for two days between 25-30 October or between 17-20 November.

 WEBINAR ON RIGHT TO THE CITY UNDER OCCUPATION: THE CASE OF PALESTINE

Simultaneous interpretation will be provided in English, Turkish, Arabic, French and Spanish.

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