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

 III. MEETING OF THE UCLG-MEWA COMMITTEE ON ENVIRONMENT

The 3rd Meeting of the UCLG-MEWA Committee on Environment will take place on 7-8 August 2018, under the auspices of Selçuklu (Konya) Municipality.

 GREEN SPACE SUSTAINABILITY IN METROPOLISES

UCLG-MEWA is organizing Local Government Talks on the axis of Sustainable Development Goals since 2017. The Talks are continuing this month by hosting Mr. İsmail Gülal, Member of the Advisory Board of Istanbul Tulip Foundation!

 EXECUTIVE BUREAU IN STRASBOURG: REPORT ON KEY DECISIONS

Following the UCLG Executive Bureau held in Strasbourg, France, on 23-25 May 2018, we are pleased to enclose the Report on Key Decisions.

 UCLG Committee on Culture OBS: a global website on culture, cities and SDGs

Our network has accumulated fifteen years of specific practices and experiences. We have carried out a work of capitalization of these experiences and we are happy to announce that the Committee on Culture of UCLG recently launched a new website on “culture, cities and SDGs”, with good practices on culture and sustainable local development. The observatory, also called “OBS”, is a unique practical website in the world, it includes more than 120 good practices available in the 3 languages of UCLG (English, French and Spanish) that describe cultural projects, programmes and policies coming from cities and local governments from across the world.

 World Refugee Day Joint Event

On World Refugee Day, celebrated every year on June 20th since 2001, we commemorate and honor the people around the world, who had to flee their homes and to escape cruelty, due to violence and oppression they faced. Picking a different theme for each year, United Nations has set the theme of this year as "WithRefugees."

 MECHELEN DECLARATION ON CITIES AND MIGRATION

 UCLG WORLD FORUM ON INTERMEDIARY CITIES (I-CITIES), 5-7 JULY 2018, CHEFCHAOUEN-MOROCCO

UCLG World Forum on Intermediary Cities will take place on 5-7 July 2018, in Chefchaouen, Morocco, where participants will discuss many thematic areas such as global environmental agendas, citizens’ participation, local development strategies, providing a fair regional order, and prosperity culture in i-cities.

 UCLG-MEWA’S CALL FOR ACTION IN PALESTINE

“Jerusalem is More Than A City”

 14th ANNIVERSARY of UCLG-MEWA

 Energy Efficiency at Buildings and Design Principles

UCLG-MEWA Local Government Talks "Energy Efficiency at Buildings and Design Principles"

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