At its meetings in Sao Paolo, Brasil, on 7-8 October 2004 and in Beijing, China, on 9-10 June 2005, the UCLG Executive Bureau agreed to establish Committees and Working Groups. During the 3rd UCLG World Congress in Mexico in November 2010, the mandate of the Committees and Working Groups was renewed. A list of recommended review was adopted by UCLG Executive Bureau, 26-27 April 2010, Chicago, USA.
The Committees prepare and implement policies within priority areas, as defined by the Executive Bureau and the work programme for the current period. Each Committee can establish one or more Working Groups.
The Working Groups develop proposals and/or cooperation initiatives between local governments and their associations in order to enrich the discussions within UCLG. The Operation of the UCLG Committees and Working Groups sets out their terms of reference. Their mandate is for three years, until the next UCLG Congress in 2016.