Our aim, as United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA) is to establish cooperation among the local governments in our region, to become the united voice of the democratic governance, through protecting the values, aims and interests of local governance.

It is quite important for an international actor to assume a strong role in the international arena. It will be our most important goal to raise the synergy which it has created to become an important power in its region, altogether, by means of fulfilling the duties  it has undertaken in the Middle East and West Asia Region.

UCLG-MEWA is currently carrying out various works in spheres such as “Climate Change, Millenium Development Goals, Eradication of Poverty, Local Finance, Decentralization, City Diplomacy and Ensuring Peace, Alliance of Civilizations, Social Inclusion and Participatory Democracy, Gender Equality, Culture, Urban Mobility, Urban Strategic Planning, Sustainable Development, Immigration, Water” and the like, which are among the most discussed issues in the world, at local, regional, national and international levels, on which strategies and projects are developed, and solutions sought. These works are powered by the active participation of the UCLG members.  The principles, strategies and programs developed thanks to these works are adopted by not only local governments, but also national governments and international organizations.

UCLG-MEWA also pursues its activities as a think-tank, which carries out researches in order to provide solutions to the problems that the societies face. In this regard, it coordinates the Turkish Local Agenda 21 Program, which is considered to be one of the best examples of participatıory-democratic “local governance” practices in the world; thereby contributing to the process of democratization in our region, within the context of local governments.

While we are aiming at informing you, our valuable visitors, through our website, on all of our present and future activities, within the body of our organization; I would like to invite all the local governments in the MEWA region to gather under the same roof with us, in our endeavor to strengthen local governance and democracy, and to become a UCLG-MEWA member. Your participation will further strengthen us.

Kind Regards,

Mehmet DUMAN
UCLG-MEWA
Secretary General

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 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.

 Meeting of UCLG-MEWA Committee on Tourism / 1-2 August, KONYA

The Meeting of UCLG-MEWA Committee on Tourism will be held on 1-2 August 2017 and hosted by Konya Metropolitan Municipality as the President of the Committee

  2017 UCLG World Council, 7-10 December, Hangzhou, China

we would like to confirm that the most suitable dates for the 2017 UCLG World Council meetings in Hangzhou, China, within possibilities, are from 7 to 10 December 2017. The World Council will be held at the invitation of Mayor Zhang Hongming, and in conjunction with the Forum on Smart City and Big Data organized by the City of Hangzhou and the Chinese People’s Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC).

 2017 International Video Production Competition - “My City, Our World Heritage”

The OWHC is proud to renew for a fourth time the International Video Production Competition entitled “My City: Our World Heritage”.

 INTERMEDIARY CITIES MIDDLE EAST AND WEST ASIA (MEWA) REGIONAL FORUM “Intermediary Cities: Key Actors of Sustainable Development”

UCLG-MEWA will organize the Intermediary Cities Middle East and West Asia (MEWA) Regional Forum in Nevşehir, on 21-22 September, 2017, under the auspices of Nevşehir Municipality

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