November 30, 2021     cib    

2022 will be yet another exciting year for world organisation United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), as it is a world congress year. UCLG organises its world congress every three years; the 2022 edition will take place in Daejeon, Korea, from 10-14 October. At this milestone event with 3000 representatives from local governments worldwide, UCLG will present its 'Pact for the Future' - a renewed strategy for the organization and its members. Working on ecological transition and resilience is one of the pillars of this Pact, under the heading of 'Planet'. Read more on the Pact for the Future and the other climate action work of UCLG in 2022 below.

Planet as one of the pillars of Pact for the Future
UCLG was mandated to develop a Pact for the Future of Humanity, a new long-term strategy for the organisation, at the UCLG World Council in 2020. The development of this Pact started in 2021 and will be finalised in 2022, in the run-up to the World Congress. The axes of the Pact - People, Planet and Government - will be the guiding force on the key themes that UCLG delivers on during the year.

Various other actions towards ecological transition and resilience in UCLG work plan 2022
As the recently published UCLG work plan 2022 shows, ecological transition and resilience remain key topics for the world organisation. Plans and activities for 2022 include:

Core action

  • Implement the cooperation agreement with UN-Habitat on Urban Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction

Enhanced actions

  • Foster the political mobilization of the constituency for COP27 defining the post-2020 era of climate agreements and LRG Day together with COSLA
  • Race-to-Zero Dialogues and workstream on climate governance and vertical integration.
  • Drafting of a UCLG Position Paper on Ecological Transition.
  • Continue the joint work with sister organisations on Ecological Transition and Biodiversity towards the second part of COP15 of Convention on Biological Diversity.
  • Support and ensure political mobilisation and coordination with ICLEI and Regions4, preparations of the UN Oceans Conference.
  • Continue the implementation of the agreement with the International Union of Public Transport to develop innovative policies on mobility that will contribute to social inclusion and the ecological transition.
  • Continue building on the work of the Community of Practice on Mobility to facilitate knowledge and best practice exchange among local and regional government members.
  • Engage in potential trainings and advocacy activities with UITP and targeted communications campaign on promoting trust for citizens in taking public transport as part of the #CitiesAreListening.
  • Continue to facilitate the implementation of the Global-Regional Coherence Project, in close coordination with UCLG Regional Sections and ICLEI, and to strengthen the leading role of UCLG in the Global- Regional Coordination Coherence Working Group (GRC group) of the Global Covenant of Mayors (GCoM) and bilateral implementation with the Regional focal points and counterparts.
  • Preparations of the 7th Global Platform on Disaster Risk Reduction, implementation of the partnership with UNDRR, participation to the Global Alliance of Urban Crisis (GAUC) and followup of CUF Solidarity Fund.
  • Preparations of the 9th World Water Forum and participation to the Pilot Group on implementation the right to water and sanitation.
  • Continue the engagement in the Urban Food Systems Working Group and other mechanisms developed around the UN Food Systems Summit, for the preparations of the FAO Nutrition4Growth Summit and towards enhancing the food democracy agenda in the world organization, including through the Forum of Regions.

Enhanced action via UCLG partnership with SIDA (Sweden)

  • Aid African and Latin-American cities in implementing the Sendai Framework for action at the local level, building on the experience of UCLG-Africa.

Find the entire UCLG work plan 2022 here. CIB will feature other elements and aspects from the work plan on the CIB website soon.