UCLG-MEWA Committee on Smart Cities and Urban Mobility

According to OECD, %70 of the world’s population will live in cities by 2050. Due to the intense population increase experienced in cities, the services of the local governments may fail. The UCLG-MEWA Committee on Smart Cities and Urban Mobility generally adopts a citizen-centered approach using technology facilitation. They are smart cities that are sustainable, transparent and accountable, produce solutions, adopt innovative and value-creating principles and carry out their activities with a holistic approach of urban policy and services.

Current Situation and Challenges in the MEWA Region

When we look at the region in general, the difference in income level is reflected in the smart city applications of the local governments and the citizens using these applications. In addition, the fact of war in some countries of the MEWA region is a very important fact that keeps investors from investing in these countries. Besides, the problem of finding human and material resources for the planned investments is also a problem reflecting the fact of the region.

Policy of the UCLG-MEWA Committee on Smart Cities and Urban Mobility 

The Smart Cities and Urban Mobility Committee adopts the Smart City Wheel classification developed by Boyd Cohen in order to follow a systematic method and methodology in its work. With the help of this classification, the needs of local administrations are manifested quite clearly. Two different approaches have been developed to manifest needs. The first is to develop solution-oriented actions, and the second is to propose transformative approaches and be the driving force in its implementation. As a requirement of the citizen-centered approach adopted as the UCLG-MEWA Smart Cities and Urban Mobility Committee, a permeable Smart Cities Service Model is adopted in the provision of urban services by moving away from the conventional service provider model.


  • Sustainability
  • Transparency
  • Solution oriented
  • Accountability
  • Innovative and Value Generating


  • Universities: City Planning, Data Science, Engineering Departments
  • Technology Companies: Companies that respond to the needs of local governments and produce and design transformative products
  • Cooperatives: Cooperatives operating in software, technology
  • International Organizations and Platforms: International organizations and platforms related to the subjects in the six-layer classification
  • Public Institutions: UCLG-MEWA members and their affiliated public institutions and organizations
  • Think tanks and non-governmental organizations: Think tanks operating at local, regional and international levels

Field of Work

  1. Vision Studies for Local Governments
  2. Solution-Oriented Actions

The committee is chaired by Mousa HADID, the Mayor of Ramallah.

The Committee has 6 co-chairs. These:

  1. Greater Amman Municipality - Jordan
  2. Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality - Turkey
  3. Nablus Municipality - Palestine
  4. Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality - Turkey
  5. Asira Al Shamalia Municipality - Palestine
  6. Tabriz Municipality - Iran
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.