CIB news

The CIB secretariat has drafted a CIB work plan for 2020, based on the ideas and suggestions from members, gathered at the CIB annual meeting in Vienna and at the UCLG World Congress. You can find the document here. We invite...
CIB looks back on a very successful UCLG World Congress in Durban. The matrix of CIB members’ activities already showcased that various CIB members would be very active in Durban and this was indeed the case. Aside from...
At the end of November, two CIB members joined the evaluation team of the Flemish Association of Cities and Municipalities (VVSG) to Benin, for a peer evaluation of their ongoing programme with the Beninese association of...

Policy items & UCLG news

"The transformation that will need to be brought about in our development model will only be possible if it responds to the dreams and expectations of citizens and communities and if collective responsibility is taken to...
In the past few years, UCLG submitted a report on the voice and actions of local and regional governments on SDGs and their implementation at the yearly High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development. Between...
Within the framework of the UCLG Congress in Durban, Metropolis released the first of a series of regional reports: the African Metropolitan Report. As one of the fastest urbanising regions in the world, Africa...

LGA blog series

Localising SDGs in Germany Local governments play a crucial role in the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and municipalities concerned with sustainability are placing an increased focus on the SDGs....

News from members

The municipality of Red Lake, Ontario, was one of many Canadian municipalities that participated in the CISAL program, working with four local governments in Antioquia, Colombia. One of their most significant contributions...
UCLG, in partnership with FLACMA, CAMCAYCA, Costa Rica’s local government association “Union de Gobiernos Locales (UNGL)”, UN-Habitat and UNDRR, are organizing a 3-day peer learning in San Jose (Costa Rica) on Urban...
Arsal (Lebanon) is the winner of the 2019 UCLG Peace Prize! We would like to congratulate Arsal and its Mayor Mr. Basel Al Houjairy and we hope that many will follow suit in Arsal’s great efforts in peace-building and conflict...
Does your town or region contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals? Do you want to win a video to promote your development cooperation project?  Apply for the awards before 31 January 2020 and win free entrance...
In December, UCLG Africa, through its African Local Governments Academy (ALGA) and the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Communal Councils (AMPCC), through the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa in Morocco (REFELA-Morocco),...
This year, Gothenburg city and Nelson Mandela Bay municipality celebrates 20 years of partnership. It is one of the longest partnerships within ICLD and together the partners have carried out more than 10 different projects,...

Calendar of events

Publications

The Future of Cities: Opportunities, Challenges and the Way Forward

JRC (2019) In its report 'The Future of Cities: Opportunities, Challenges and the Way Forward' the JRC identifies key drivers affecting urban development. By highlighting both challenges as well as strengths, the report informs the discussion on the future of cities and offers alternatives to both scientists and policymakers. To increase momentum, the report is part of an online 'living' platform that makes use of additional analyses, discussions, case studies, comments and interactive maps. The platform serves as a permanent virtual space for researchers, practice and policymaking communities to exchange views and increase their knowledge on the future of cities.

A Local Governance Approach to Programming: Guidance for Achieving Multisectoral Results through Working with Local Governments

UNICEF (2019) The well-being of marginalised groups such as children and adolescents is frequently determined by decisions made at the local level. The important role of local government concerning access to goods and basic services is hence increasingly recognised in the humanitarian context. Cross-cutting programming that takes into account both local government as well as local stakeholders can therefore be very beneficial to development efforts, particularly in fragile contexts. This handbook summarises UNICEF’s experience concerning community engagement and support of local decision making in the areas of disaster risk preparedness, peacebuilding and humanitarian response. Thereby it provides guidance for stakeholders working in humanitarian contexts in rural and urban settings.

Supporting land reform in Haiti : Lessons from the Québec and international experiences (in French)

This study explores the importance of a land tenure system. It shows that a land tenure system easy to use and a cadaster adapted to the realities of the country of implementation are winning conditions for a successful cadastral renewal.

SDG Guide for Austrian cities for AACT (in German)

The Austrian Association of Cities and Towns and KDZ - Centre for Public Administration Research published a guide which serves as an orientation for Austrian cities on how to take first steps towards localizing SDGs. The guideline provides key information about the Agenda 2030, explains the role of cities in its implementation and explores different tools that can be used to bring SDGs closer to their communities. Different examples from the region and beyond illustrate what cities have done to promote, integrate and implement SDGs in a local context and gives ideas on how to monitor their progress. The guide is only available in German language.