A Regional Overview on Local Governance in the Light of Sustainable Development Goals

Together with the World Organization of the United Cities and Local Governments, UCLG-MEWA is a key actor for strengthening the role of local authorities in sustainable development. UCLG and UCLG-MEWA are members of the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments which played an active role in the adoption of the Goal 11 on making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, in the process of definition of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda (NUA). On the eve of the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and the New Urban Agenda, UCLG-MEWA believes that having a regional overview of the state of local authorities in the Middle East and West Asia (MEWA) region will be a useful tool and reference for the endeavors of localizing the SDGs.

A New Version of the Report Is Being Prepared by Our Academic Team

In line with its mission of being the regional and worldwide source of key information regarding local governments, UCLG-MEWA published a research on Local Governments Systems in the MEWA region in 2013. Due to the sweeping changes thereafter in the MEWA region; UCLG-MEWA has started an initiative to revise the aforementioned research.

Within the scope of the research, an academic team consisting of two short-term senior consultants, Prof. Adem Esen, former Mayor of Selçuklu, and Dr. Maan Chibli, former Mayor of Aleppo, are conducting a comprehensive research on the local government systems in the countries of the MEWA region, namely: Afghanistan, Amman, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

The report aims at providing a well-rounded reference document in the end of an on-site study and first-hand data compilation process, which will result in a more up-to-date and accurate knowledge on the local government systems of the counties within the scope of the research.

Call for Contribution

UCLG-MEWA invites its members to share any relevant documents regarding the current situation of local governments in their respective countries, including but not limited to the national legislations, and all the other data that may be of use within the context of the research.


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