UCLG-MEWA Committee on Local Governance

Local Governance                              

Governance is made up of the political and institutional processes through which decisions are taken and implemented. Governance is most effective when these processes are participatory, accountable, transparent, efficient, inclusive, and respect the rule of law. Good governance is particularly important at local level, where governments interact with citizens and communities on a daily basis.

Improving local governance is a vital tool to guarantee peace, boost economic development, maximize administrative efficiency, and ensure social inclusion and environmental sustainability. United Cities and Local Government’s work on improving local governance across the world includes research and advocacy on decentralization and local democracy, local finances, urban planning and access to basic services, all of which are essential elements of good local governance.

Why UCLG-MEWA established Committees?

The progress of decentralisation in recent decades has been remarkable in almost all regions of the world. Local and regional governments have led the way in accepting and implementing new responsibilities as a result of decentralisation.

There is, therefore, a wide range of successful decentralisation initiatives led by municipalities, cities, provinces, departments and regions and their associations. Together, these initiatives represent extremely valuable know-how both for local and regional governments as well as for central governments, UN agencies and international organisations in general. UCLG-MEWA Committees are the platform to share knowledge and define and implement policies within their priority areas.

 UCLG-MEWA Committee on Local Governance 

UCLG-MEWA established a Committee on Local Governance to strengthen local authorities in the MEWA region. The committee will be a platform to gather voices of local authorities, to share knowledge and experience.

This committee also aims to be the bridge between UCLG-MEWA members and Committees of the World Organization.

UCLG Committee on Decentralisation and Local Self-Government

The main objective of UCLG Committee on Decentralisation and Local Self-Government is to strengthen decentralisation and local self-government in order to contribute to local good governance in all regions of the world.  To reach this goal the committee aims to:

1. Improve local self-governments capacities to the strengthening of democracy, decentralisation and local self-government
2. Create discussion forums
3. Observe and analyse current initiatives
4. Foster research in decentralisation and local self-government
5. Strengthen political impact

UCLG  Committee on Local Finance and Development

Local finances, essential to the implementation of the various local public policies, are, in fact, at the heart of the debate on decentralisation, local autonomy and applying the principle of subsidiarity. Chaired by the city of Rabat in Morocco since 2009, the Committee on Local Finance and Development (CFLD) has the mandate of encouraging the exchange of information and experience in the key areas of fiscal decentralisation.

UCLG Committee on Urban Strategic Planning

Urban Development is the key responsibility of local governments and has to respond to trends and dynamics of high complexity. The fight against poverty, improving the quality of life, management of urban growth and administrative reforms are constant challenges for urban development.

Within this context, the UCLG Committee on Strategic Urban Planning, co-chaired by Cllr. James Nxumalo, Mayor of Durban - eThekwini and Jose Fortunati, Mayor of Porto Alegre, aims at promoting worldwide experiences related to strategic planning and urban development.

 Priorities

  • Accountability/Transparency
  • Local Finances/Economic Development
  • Participative Democracy
  • Multilevel Governance
  • Urban Planning 

UCLG-MEWA Committee on Local Governance

President and Secretariat: Zeytinburnu Municipality

Co-Presidents: 
Nilüfer Municipality ( Bursa, Turkey)
Union of Dannieh Municipalities ( Lebanon)
Salfeet Municipality (Palestine)

Project Officer for UCLG-MEWA Committee on Local Governance : Melis ŞAHİN

m.sahin@uclg-mewa.org  Tel: 0 212 511 10 10 (127)      Fax: 0 212 519 00 58


UCLG-MEWA Committee on Local Governance Membership Form
Members of UCLG-MEWA Committee on Local Governance

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 2nd Meeting of UCLG-MEWA Committee on Culture

 2017 UCLG WORLD COUNCIL - UPDATED PROGRAM AND AGENDAS - 6-9 DECEMBER 2017, CHINA

2017 UCLG Dünya Konseyi, 6-9 Aralık 2017 tarihlerinde Hangzhou, Çin'de gerçekleştirilecek.

 TRANSIST 2017 INTERNATIONAL ISTANBUL TRANSPORT CONGRESS AND EXHIBITION and 5TH MEETING OF UCLG-MEWA COMMITTEE ON URBAN MOBILITY

TRANSIST 2017 International Istanbul Transport Congress and Exhibition, will take place on 2-4 November 2017 at Istanbul Congress Center & Lutfi Kirdar Rumeli Building.

 UCLG-MEWA PANEL ON SOCIAL INCLUSION AND UCLG-MEWA COMMITTEE ON SOCIAL INCLUSION MEETING

United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA) Panel on Social Inclusion and UCLG-MEWA Committee on Social Inclusion Meeting will vbe held on 17 October 2017, under the auspices of Beylikdüzü Municipality, the President of UCLG-MEWA Committee on Social Inclusion.

 Climate Chance World Summit, 11-13 September 2017, Agadir/MOROCCO

Distinguished UCLG-MEWA Members, Following COP22 (22nd Annual Conference of the Parties) held in Marrakech/Morocco which aimed to take important steps about the tackling of climate change, Climate Chance World Summit, organized to gather climate actors, will take place between 11th - 13th September 2017 in Agadir, Morocco.

 TEHRAN GOLDEN ADOBE GLOBAL AWARD 2017

It is a great pleasure to invite you to participate in the Tehran 4th Golden Adobe Global Award, which will be held on October 31st, 2017, coinciding with the World Cities Day.

 The 2nd Int'l Conference on Urban Economy

Sizleri; Tahran Belediyesi, İran Şehir Ekonomisi Bilimi Derneği ve City Bank işbirliğinde, 11 Ekim 2017 tarihinde Tahran’da gerçekleştirilecek olan İkinci Uluslararası Şehir Ekonomisi Konferansı hakkında bilgilendirmekten memnuniyet duyarız.

 INTERMEDIARY CITIES MIDDLE EAST AND WEST ASIA (MEWA) REGIONAL FORUM

United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) Intermediary Cities Working Group was created in April 2014, in partnership with UNESCO Chair of Intermediary Cities and Global Urbanization.

 UCLG-MEWA COMMITTEE ON DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION AND CITY DIPLOMACY PRESIDENCY COUNCIL MEETING

UCLG-MEWA Committee on Development Cooperation and City Diplomacy Presidency Council Meeting was held on 10 July 2017, hosted by Union of Municipalities of Turkey (UMT) in Ankara.

 APPLY FOR THE DUBAI INTERNATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST PRACTICES TO IMPROVE THE LIVING ENVIRONMENT

Organized by Dubai Municipality and UN-Habitat, the Dubai International Award for Best Practices to Improve the Living Environment has been recognizing excellence in urban best practices for 21 years.

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