Sustainable Development Goals, which highlight that development should follow a more sustainable pattern, is now at the agenda of municipalities in Turkey.

Launched by UCLG-MEWA in July 2018 and financed by World Academy for Local Government and Democracy (WALD), the Workshops of the Pilot Project on Mapping the SDGs in Turkey are continuing at full speed. In the workshops conducted in all geographical regions in Turkey, the municipal staff are getting informed about the international agendas, and the municipal works are being aligned with the global goals. In addition to the previously organized workshops in Mezitli Municipality, and Mersin Metropolitan Municipality, 11 new workshops have been held in Zeytinburnu Municipality, Karesi Municipality, Seferihisar Municipality, Çanakkale Municipality, Ordu Metropolitan Municipality, Nilüfer Municipality, Sancaktepe Municipality, Pendik Municipality, Eyyübiye Municipality, Şişli Municipality, Gebze, and  Selçuklu Municipality.

Within the context of the workshops, municipal staff are also being informed about the background of the Sustainable Development Goals, the Habitat Process, the New Urban Agenda as well as the content and scope of the Global Goals. Firstly launched in Turkey and planned to be disseminated throughout the MEWA Region, the project aims to contribute to the Voluntary National Reviews prepared on Global Goals and presented to the United Nations. It further seeks to provide necessary knowledge for municipalities to frame their upcoming strategic plans in accordance with the 2030 Agenda.

In the Project Closing Meeting to be organized after the completion of workshops, key partners and stakeholders will come together and determine the road map for the period after the finalization of the Project.

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 UCLG CIB Annual Meeting 2020

UCLG’s Capacity and Institution Building (CIB) Working Group is a technical platform for professionals from Local Government Associations and individual local governments active in the field of capacity development and local government development cooperation.

 UCLG Executive Bureau 28-29 May 2020

In view of the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic and following the cancellation of the face-to-face meeting of the UCLG Executive Bureau, scheduled from 28 to 30 May in Rome, the UCLG Presidency proposes to convene a virtual Executive Bureau on the same dates

 Decalogue For the COVID-19 Aftermath

The UCLG network, its membership, secretariats and the community it represents have been living and working differently since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. Local and regional governments are ready to lead this discussion, and the UCLG Presidency has agreed on a Decalogue as the basis for future steps.

 UCLG-MEWA Local Government Talks Postponed

Due to the Novel Coronavirus(Covid-19) precautions, we have postponed our UCLG-MEWA Local Government Talks on 18 March 2020 with D-8 Secretary-General Mr. Amb. Dato‘ Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari, to a further date. We kindly submit for your information.


United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA) will organize another session of UCLG-MEWA Local Government Talks, with Ambassador Dato’ Ku Jaafar Ku Shaari, Secretary-General of Developing 8 (D-8), on 18 March 2020, at its General Secretariat in Sultanahmet, Istanbul


UCLG-MEWA Executive Bureau Meeting and Side Event of the Committee on City Diplomacy and Local Governance will be held from 10 to 12 March 2020 under the auspices of Nevşehir Municipality

 UCLG-MEWA is Discussing Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans

Sustainable Bus System for Smart Cities Conference will be co-organized by United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA), World Resources Institute for Sustainable Cities (WRI) Turkey Sustainable Cities, Busworld Academy, HKF Trade Fair, Association of Private Urban Public Bus Operators’ Union (TÖHOB), United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UN-CRD) and UN-Habitat on 5-6 March 2020 at Istanbul Expo Center, Turkey

 The Mediterranean Host Municipalities Learning Network 4th Annual Peer-to-Peer Learning Workshop

In the context of the Mediterranean Host Municipalities Learning Network (HMLN), the CMI is organizing the 4th Annual Peer-to-Peer Learning Workshop of the HMLN to take place in Amman, Jordan, on April 5-9, 2020

 UCLG-MEWA call for Solidarity for CORONA Virus

We stand with all cities of the world who are facing this outbreak, specifically Chinese members of UCLG

 World Urban Forum 10th Session

The 10th World Urban Forum (WUF10) will be hosted by Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, on 8-13 February 2020 in partnership with the United Nations Habitat, the Abu Dhabi Department of Municipalities and Transport, the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.