UCLG-MEWA’S CALL FOR ACTION IN PALESTINE

As United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA), our main vision is to be the united voice and world advocate of democratic local self-government, promoting its values, objectives and interests, through cooperation between local governments, and within the wider international community.

We believe that the cities are living organisms just like human beings, which grants them rights, just like that of human beings. However, at present time, we unfortunately many witness that Palestinians have been lacking decent life standards in their own cities, and they are facing forced migration, unfortunately. As it the residents that build a city, the current situation is doubtlessly full of violations of rights of not only Palestinians, but also their cities.

More than 60 Palestinians have lost their lives in the recent attacks executed by Israeli forces, and almost 3000 have been injured. We are strongly condemning these violent acts towards the people of the State of Palestine, one of the countries of our region; and underscore that these kinds of incitements create irrecoverable damages for our cities.

As UCLG-MEWA, we will continue to carry out our works for ensuring better living conditions for all, throughout our region, with a reference to the Motion on Jerusalem, adopted during the World Council that United Cities and Local Governments World Organization (UCLG) held in Hangzhou, China, in December 2017. Accordingly;

United Cities and Local Governments, gathered on the occasion of its World Council meeting in Hangzhou on 9 December 2017, affirms:

  • The recognition of the status of Jerusalem, defined by international law and conforming to different resolutions;
  • The conviction that the rights of the Palestinian people should be upheld and comprehensive solutions should be sought;
  • That any solution proposed should foster peace and cohesion for the inhabitants, and should not feed hate or division;
  • That the peace process should be protected peace process and any measure that would put it in jeopardy should be avoided;
  • That no decision on this topic should be taken unilaterally.

We, local and regional governments gathered in UCLG, reaffirm the supremacy of international law to stabilize international relations, put an end to conflict and maintain the special status of Jerusalem.

As UCLG-MEWA, in line with the principles put forward in this motion adopted by UCLG World Organization, we believe in the vital importance of preserving the unique identity of Jerusalem, the shared heritage of humanity.

We call all leaders of local governments, NGOs, international relief foundations and the relevant agencies of the UN to act in solidarity with the people of Palestine and to stop this human tragedy, in parallel with the international framework built up with the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular the Goal 16 on promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, providing access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

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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