United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA) hosted a delegation from Azerbaijan on October 9, 2021.

During the meeting held at the General Secretariat building of UCLG-MEWA in Istanbul, Mehmet Duman, UCLG-MEWA Secretary General, met with Fatma Yıldırım, Member of the Azerbaijani Parliament; Sadıq Halilov, Mayor of Berde; Tofiq Hesenov, Secretary General of the Union of Azerbaijan Municipalities, and the accompanying delegation.

During the meeting, ideas were exchanged to strengthen relations with local governments in Azerbaijan.  Mehmet Duman informed the delegation about the structure of the organization, its fields of work, committee activities, and the efforts made for the localization of the Sustainable Development Goals and presented the current publications of the organization. The Azerbaijan delegation showed a particular interest in the book titled “Local Government Systems in the Middle East and West Asia,” which is one of the most popular publications of UCLG-MEWA.

The delegation was also informed about the MELA Training Program organized by UCLG-MEWA on 16-17 February 2021 with the support of UNDP IICPSD, UCLG-Eurasia, UTWM and private sector representatives and in cooperation with the Union of Azerbaijan Municipalities.

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