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International advocacy of Local Governments


As key players in world’s massive urbanization process, local governments and their citizens claim for greater participation in the definition of the New World Urban Agenda to be adopted at the Habitat III Summit in Quito, 2016.

Local governments as actors in the world’s urbanization process

Cities and their citizens are the first concerned by the challenges of increasing urbanization and the first affected by the negative consequences of the global crisis. As a result, they claim effective participation in the definition and implementation of the New Urban Agenda. Therefore, UCLG has established a global advocacy strategy, so associations and global networks of local authorities are recognized as indispensable partners in defining and, particularly, in implementing the New Urban Agenda.

Such advocacy is based on the clustering of international networks of local authorities within the framework of the Global Task Force (GTF), coordinated by UCLG’s World Secretariat. This political influence work arises from a collective reflection of UCLG’s local governments and their partners in order to formulate concrete proposals and build the Global Agenda of Local and Regional Governments for the 21st century. This Agenda will gather different local points of view on current global challenges, and will develop strategies to address them. Then, the document will be presented alongside with Habitat III’s Agenda, during the Second World Assembly of Local and Regional authorities, organized by the Global Task Force (as was the case in 1996 in Istanbul).

Promoting the Right to the City in the New Urban Agenda

Local government members of the Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights, committed to ensuring the Right to the City through its public policies, and also Civil Society, which is actively present at the Global Platform for the Right to the City, work together to develop specific proposals for the New Urban Agenda.