Committee on City Diplomacy and Local Governance


The strong relations and good governance established between cities in the MEWA region have an integral role in solving economic and social problems which is part of the cities’ agenda. UCLG-MEWA Committee on City Diplomacy and Local Governance was established with the aim of strengthening this crucial role of the local governments in line with its other role in establishing cooperation on global agendas, such as the United Nations’ Agenda 21 and subsequent Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals.

Aiming to establish and strengthen the relations among cities in the MEWA region and advocate for good local governance practices, the UCLG-MEWA Committee on City Diplomacy and Local Governance operates in line with the following priorities:

  • Advocating for building strong project-based sister city relations, or strengthening the existing ones
  • Facilitating and advocating for sustainable and long-term decentralized cooperation initiatives
  • Advocating for participation in the local decision making mechanisms through good local governance
  • Supporting the activities for local monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (VLRs)
  • 🇵🇸 Association of Palestinian Local Authorities (APLA)President
  • 🇹🇷 Ankara Metropolitan MunicipalityCo-President
  • 🇮🇷 Asian Mayors Forum (AMF)Co-President
  • Union of Turkish Municipalities of CyprusCo-President
  • 🇹🇷 Mersin Metropolitan MunicipalityCo-President
  • 🇹🇷 Union of City Councils of TürkiyeCo-President
Member List
No. Institution Country
1. Aazki Municipality Lebanon
2. Bakhoun Municipality Lebanon
3. Beit El Faqs Municipality Lebanon
4. Beitunia Municipality Palestine
5. Beylikdüzü Municipality Türkiye
6. Btormaz Municipality Lebanon
7. Büyükçekmece Municipality Türkiye
8. Çanakkale Municipality Türkiye
9. Dura Municipality Palestine
10. Eyyübiye Municipality Türkiye
11. Gaziantep Metropolitan Municipality Türkiye
12. Gebze Municipality Türkiye
13. İzmir Metropolitan Municipality Türkiye
14. Kahramanmaraş Metropolitan Municipality Türkiye
15. Karesi Municipality Türkiye
16. Kfarchellan Municipality Lebanon
17. Marmara Municipalities Union Türkiye
18. Mezitli Municipality Türkiye
19. Mrah Sraj Municipality Lebanon
20. Nemrine Wa Bazuka Municipality Lebanon
21. Pendik Municipality Türkiye
22. Ramallah Municipality Palestine
23. Salfeet Municipality Palestine
24. Sancaktepe Municipality Türkiye
25. Syr Municipality Lebanon
26. Union of Albeqaa Alawsat Municipalities Lebanon
27. Union of Chark Zahleh Municipalities Lebanon
28. Union of Dannieh Municipalities Lebanon
29. Union of Dreib Awsat Municipalities Lebanon
30. Union of Jabal Akroum Municipalities Lebanon
31. Union of Jabal El Sheikh Municipalities Lebanon
32. Union of Naher El Owstan Municipalities Lebanon
33. Union of Sahel El Qaytaa Municipalities Lebanon
34. Union of Sahel Municipalities Lebanon
35. Union of Turkish World Municipalities Türkiye
36. Urla Municipality Türkiye
37. World Academy for Local Government and Democracy (WALD) Türkiye
38. *Abasan Al-Kabira Municipality Palestine
39. *Al Buraij Municipality Palestine
40. *Antalya Metropolitan Municipality Türkiye
41. *Asira Al-Shamaliya Municipality Palestine
42. *Bağcılar Municipality Türkiye
43. *Baninaim Municipality Palestine
44. *Karatay Municipality Türkiye
45. *Ordu Metropolitan Municipality Türkiye
46. *Selçuklu Municipality Türkiye
47. *Sier Municipality Palestine
48. *Sultanbeyli Municipality Türkiye
49. *Şanlıurfa Metropolitan Municipality Türkiye
Committee Focal Point

International Relations Department