UCLG-MEWA Committee on Social Inclusion

Objectives and Priority areas

During its Executive Bureau and Council Joint Meeting in Adana, Turkey on 19 December 2014, UCLG-MEWA established a committee on Social Inclusion. This committee aims to strengthen local social policies, to identify best practices and to foster collaboration and knowledge-sharing among UCLG-MEWA members.

The Committee aims to be a regional platform of collaboration and exchange enabling its members to strengthen their capacities and to build a common vision of social services for local authorities of the MEWA region. This will enable our city members to fully participate in the elaboration of national and international development agenda and to implement efficient policies towards on-going social issues. During its first year of work, UCLG-MEWA Committee on Social Inclusion identified 3 key issues that will require our attention: refugees and migration; children; and participative democracy.

Refugees and Migration

The current refugees and forced migration crisis taking place in the MEWA region is among worldwide greatest concerns. However and although refugees and migrants are proven to be highly present in urban areas, the role of local authorities in managing such a crisis remains under estimated by United Nations organizations, international development actors and donors. The UCLG-MEWA Social Inclusion Committee activities will pave the way towards the World Humanitarian Summit to be held in May 2016 in Istanbul, a major event for the Committee members to present a common vision and to advocate for the role of local authorities.

UCLG-MEWA not only assumes the duty of representing its members before the UN and similar organizations and advocating their rights and interests, but also develops projects and guides its members in implementing these projects. To this end UCLG-MEWA has launched a research project simultaneously in Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon on Middle Eastern Urban Forced Migrants Social Inclusion Policies. The research gathers knowledge on local governments’ budgets dedicated to Middle Eastern forced migrants’ social inclusion as well as national and international budgets strengthening municipalities capabilities’ as migration management actor. The data collected point out the lack of recognition of local authorities as actors in the current migration crisis that affects the MEWA region.

UCLG-MEWA has partnered a project led by UN-Habitat office for Lebanon, with the support of the Ford Foundation to the Cities Alliance Catalytic Fund to develop knowledge of decision makers and the capacity of city staff in the field of migration management. The project has been accepted and it will last 18 months and be implemented in 4 Lebanese cities: Beirut, Tripoli, Zahle and Saida.

Children

Children and the young generations are at the heart of vibrant and inclusive cities. All along the year 2015, UCLG-MEWA Committee on Social Inclusion has collaborated with UNICEF-Turkey on the Child-Friendly Cities Initiatives, implemented in 10 municipalities of Turkey. The results of the project will be displayed by the end of the year in order to identify the best practices that can be disseminated and implemented among other municipalities of the region.

Participative democracy

In order to continue the development of projects, inclusive of vulnerable populations, migrants, refugees, children, elderly and disabled persons and developing a common vision of social inclusion, the UCLG-MEWA Social Inclusion Committee strongly wishes to increase and strengthen its members’ participation. We believe that your organization will provide significant contributions to this Committee and, on the purpose of taking your precious opinions and suggestions.

UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights

The Committee aims to contribute to articulating a common voice for cities in UCLG on social inclusion, participatory democracy and human rights, and to advise local governments on the design of these policies.

To that end, the Committee fosters political debate, exchange of experiences and the collective generation of new knowledge in order to establish guidelines for designing and implementing innovative local policies on social inclusion, participatory democracy and human rights.

To date, the main outputs of the Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights have been:

-         The document For a world of inclusive cities, which is now the UCLG's political position on social inclusion.
-      The Inclusive Cities Observatory, a virtual platform that contains 65 case studies on innovative policies for community development, access to public services, gender equality, environmental protection and poverty eradication, among other issues.
-        The Global Charter-Agenda for Human Rights in the City, adopted by UCLG in 2011 at the World Council in Florence (Italy).
-         The political promotion of the European Charter for Human Rights in the City, adopted in Saint-Denis (France) in 2000

President and Secretariat: Mersin Metropolitan Municipality (Turkey)

Co-Presidents:
Beylikdüzü Municipality (Turkey)
Greater Irbid Municipality (Jordan)
Saida Municipality (Lebanon)
Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality (Turkey)

Committee Documents

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 WEBSITE ON GOOD PRACTICES OF SUSTAINABLE TOURISM

You can submit your municipalities’ good practices to the website which will collect projects on sustainable tourism. The web site will be led by UCLG-MEWA Committee on Culture and Tourism and opened by late 2020.

 MOHAMAD SAADIE WILL BE THE GUEST OF UCLG-MEWA LOCAL GOVENRMENT TALKS

UCLG-MEWA will organize an online session of UCLG-MEWA Local Government Talks with Mohamad Saadie, President of Union of Dannieh Municipalities-Lebanon, President of UCLG-MEWA

 MAHMUT ÖZÇINAR WILL BE THE GUEST OF UCLG-MEWA LOCAL GOVENRMENT TALKS

 RASIM ARI WILL BE THE GUEST OF UCLG-MEWA LOCAL GOVENRMENT TALKS

Birleşmiş Kentler ve Yerel Yönetimler Orta Doğu ve Batı Asya Bölge Teşkilatı (UCLG-MEWA) Yerel yönetim söyleşileri kapsamında Nevşehir Belediye Başkanı ve UCLG-MEWA Saymanı Rasim Arı’yı konuk ediyor.

 UCLG CIB Annual Meeting 2020

UCLG’s Capacity and Institution Building (CIB) Working Group is a technical platform for professionals from Local Government Associations and individual local governments active in the field of capacity development and local government development cooperation.

 UCLG Executive Bureau 28-29 May 2020

In view of the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and following the cancellation of the face-to-face meeting of the UCLG Executive Bureau, scheduled from 28 to 30 May in Rome, the UCLG Presidency proposes to convene a virtual Executive Bureau on the same dates

 Decalogue For the COVID-19 Aftermath

The UCLG network, its membership, secretariats and the community it represents have been living and working differently since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Local and regional governments are ready to lead this discussion, and the UCLG Presidency has agreed on a Decalogue as the basis for future steps.

 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.

 D-8 SECRATARY GENERAL KU JAAFAR WILL BE THE GUEST OF UCLG-MEWA LOCAL GOVERNMENT TALKS

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 TO CONVENE SOON

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

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