United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA) organized the Retreat Meeting, on 18-19 January 2018, at Wyndham Grand Istanbul Europe hotel in Istanbul.

Taking place with a high-level of participation, UCLG-MEWA Retreat Meeting started with greeting speeches of Mr. Mehmet Duman, UCLG-MEWA Secretary General, Mr. Mevlüt Uysal Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality and Union of Municipalities of Marmara, Mr. Burhanettin Kocamaz Mayor of Mersin Metropolitan Municipality and Co-President of UCLG-MEWA.

After the greeting speeches, Introduction and Opening Session, UCLG-MEWA and Global Agendas, UCLG-MEWA 2018-2020 Strategic Priorities sessions were held. The sessions moderated by Ms. Zeynep Yurtoğlu Tetik, Academic in the Department of Local Governments of Medipol University and External Relations Expert at Kocaeli Metropolitan Municipality.

In the Introduction and Opening Session, UCLG introductory video was presented. Ms. Sara Hoeflich, Director of UCLG Learning Program, informed participants on the activities of UCLG. Following this, Ms. Randa Al Sabbagh, UCLG-MEWA Senior Project Officer, introduced the main activities of UCLG-MEWA. Lastly, Mr. Salim Korkmaz, UCLG-MEWA General Coordinator, presented the two-day program of the event.

In the second session of the meeting, titled UCLG-MEWA and Global Agendas, participants reviewed the activities of UCLG-MEWA carried out within the context of the HABITAT Process and New Urban Agenda, UCLG and Bogota Commitment, implementation of Sustainable Development Goals and UCLG’s role in the process.

In the last session of the day, the findings of UCLG-MEWA questionnaire were shared and evaluated with participating local governments. The session concluded with the presentation of UCLG-MEWA 2018-2020 Strategic Plan and general evaluation.

The second day of the Retreat Meeting started with the greeting speeches of Dr. Kadir Topbaş, President of UCLG for the period of 2010-2013 & 2013-2016 and Founder President of UCLG-MEWA, President of UNACLA and Mr. Mohamed Saadie, UCLG-MEWA Co-President and President of Union of Municipalities of Dannieh. In his speech, Mr. Topbaş addressed to the development process of UCLG World Organization and emphasized the importance of UCLG-MEWA for the region.

Following greeting speeches, the meeting continued with the session on Strengthening Institutional Relations. The issues including the expanding the membership base and membership fee collection, strengthening media and public relations, strengthening the relations with UCLG World Organization and Sections and strengthening  the relations with international organizations were evaluated with the contributions of the participants.

In the following session, participants discussed the issues on the capacity-building for members and strengthening institutional capacity and representation.

In the third session of the day, local government representatives focused on how to localize Global Agendas in the MEWA Region. Besides, committee activities, pilot projects and developing monitoring strategies were evaluated within the context of advocacy session.

In the last session of the meeting, participants discussed the common working areas together with the alignment of calendars of activities. The meeting ended up with the general evaluation of the contributions of the participants.



United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA) Executive Bureau and Council Joint Meeting and UCLG-MEWA Urban Mobility Şanlıurfa Summit will be held on 20-22 November 2018, under the auspices of Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality.


23 Ekim 2018 Salı günü saat 15.00’da UCLG-MEWA Genel Sekreterliği’nde gerçekleştireceğimiz söyleşimize sizleri de bekliyoruz.

 2018 UCLG World Council: Program and Agendas

As you know, the World Council will take place from 5 to 8 November in Madrid, back-to-back with the second edition of the World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace, at the kind invitation of Mayor Manuela Carmena.

 Save the date: UCLG-MEWA Urban Mobility Şanlıurfa Summit, 20-22 November 2018, Şanlıurfa, Turkey

As an activity of the UCLG-MEWA Committee on Urban Mobility, “UCLG-MEWA Urban Mobility Şanlıurfa Summit” will be organized on 20-22 November 2018, under the auspices of Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality, Turkey.

 Kartepe Summit 2018: “Migration, Refugees and Humanity”

After its first edition on "July 15th and Coups D'etat," the second edition of Kartepe Summit will be held with the theme "Migration, Refugees and Humanity", in Kartepe, Kocaeli, Turkey on 26-28 October 2018.


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.


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!


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."