The city of Bogotá, the capital of Colombia, is preparing to host the World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders, the 5th Congress of our World Organization, from 12 to 15 October 2015. For the first time in UCLG’s history, the World Congress will coincide with a United Nations Conference on Sustainable Urban Development – the Habitat III Conference – which will take place a few days after our Summit, from 17 to 20 October 2016, in Quito, Ecuador.
The event will bring together over 3,000 representatives of towns, cities, metropolises and regions, civil society, the business world and academia, to meet and interact with their international counterparts on a diverse range of topics. The Summit is also the occasion where all members of UCLG are able to exercise their rights, influence the global development agenda and guide the UCLG work plan for the next three years.
A place for public debates, the Summit will include several types of events, as well as plenaries, policy fora and networking activities open to the over 3,000 locally elected leaders and practitioners in attendance who will debate the most pressing issues in the field of local governance and urban sustainability.
On the goals of the 2016 World Summit, Mr. Kadir Topbaş, President of UCLG and Mayor of Istanbul, says:
“The Summit will enable us to promote the recommendations, practices and experiences of local and regional authorities and ensure they are brought to fruition. In the run up to Habitat III, we want to make the 5th Congress a leading political moment and a space for meeting and exchange among local and regional elected officials from all over the world, as well as among all of the communities that make up the global local and regional family.”
OUTPUTS OF THE 2016 WORLD SUMMIT
The 2016 World Summit will produce four major outputs:
- The Global Agenda of Local and Regional Governments for the 21st Century: The Global Agenda of Local and Regional Governments for the 21st Century will reflect the vision and legacy of local and regional authorities on the main challenges of the global development agendas (SDGs, Habitat III) and voice priorities that are not currently included in the global negotiations.
- The 4th Global Report on Local Democracy and Decentralization (GOLD IV): The Global Agenda will be accompanied by the 4th Global Report on Local Democracy and Decentralization (GOLD IV). This report will provide analysis, examples of local government innovation, and case studies from across the world to support the recommendations of the Global Agenda.
- The Bogota Statements: The Bogota Statements, concise and politically-driven, will reflect the major challenges that local and regional governments have identified over the course of the Summit, as well as its major outcomes.
- The Key Recommendations of Local and Regional Governments to Habitat III: The Key Recommendations, based on the outcomes of the Second World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments, are the main proposals that the constituency will take from Bogotá to the Habitat III Conference in Quito.
Program of the Summit: https://www.bogota2016.uclg.org/sites/default/files/programme_overview_world_summit_bogota_2016.pdf