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This is an archived article published in June 2003 Updated article
IULA promotes democratic
local governments worldwide

The International Union of Local Authorities (IULA) is the oldest and largest global local government association. Founded in 1913, IULA has local government members in over 100 countries in all regions of the world.

IULA plays a leading advocacy role, representing local government and promoting its interests to the United Nations and other key international agencies. IULA works closely with the other international local government associations to ensure that local government has a voice on the international stage. IULA develops policies and positions on issues of interest to local government, for example, in poverty alleviation, sustainable development and involving women in local decision-making.

IULA supports a unique network of local governments and their national associations, which facilitates the exchange of experience and information between local governments across the world. Through this network, IULA has developed ground-breaking programmes to build the capacity of its member local government associations through ‘Association Capacity Building (ACB)’ partnerships between associations. IULA provides an opportunity for its members to come together through its meetings, seminars, electronic networks and World Congresses.

IULA’s mission is to promote and unite democratic local governments worldwide. The mission translates into four strategic objectives.
1. To develop and maintain a strong democratic political organisation, managed to high professional standards in a global setting;
2. To be the worldwide advocate and voice of democratic local government;
3. To be the worldwide source of key information and intelligence regarding democratic local government; and
4. To be the worldwide source of learning, exchange and capacity-building programmes for democratic local government.

IULA's work is based on a decentralised regional structure. Presently IULA has seven regional sections in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central America, Europe, Latin America, the eastern Mediterranean and Middle East, and North America. These regional sections are independent legal entities, which conduct their own regional activities.


National member organisations
In Africa
The African Union of Local Authorities (AULA)
Nigeria
Association of Local Governments of Nigeria
South Africa
South African Local Government Association - SALGA
Zimbabwe
Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe

In Asia-Pacific
IULA-ASPAC
Australia
Australian Local Government Association
Australian State and Territory Local Government Associations
China
The Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC)
Korea
Korean Local Authorities Foundation for International Relations (KLAFIR)
Nepal
Municipal Association of Nepal (MUAN)
New Zealand
Local Government New Zealand
Philippines
League of Municipalities of The Philippines (LMP)
The League of Provinces of the Philippines
Russia
Union of Russian Cities

In Central America
La Federación de Municipios del Istmo Centroamericano (FEMICA)
Costa Rica
Municipal Association of Guatemala (ANAM)
National Union of Local Governments (UNGL)
El Salvador
Association of Municipalities of the Republic of El Salvador (COMURES)
Guatemala
Federación de Municipios del Istmo Centroamericano (FEMICA)
Honduras
Municipal Association of the Republic of Honduras (AMHON)
Nicaragua
Municipal Association of the Republic of Nicaragua (AMUNIC)
Panama
Association of Municipalities of Panama (AMUPA)

In the eastern Mediterranean & Middle East
IULA-EMME
Israel
Union of Local Authorities in Israel
Palestine
Association of Palestinian Municipalities (APLA)

In Europe
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
Austria
Austrian Association of Cities
Austrian Association of Municipalities
Best Practices Hub
Belgium
Association of the City and Municipalities of the Brussels Region
Flemish Association of Towns and Municipalities
Union of Belgian Cities and Municipalities
Union of Walloon Cities and Municipalities
Bulgaria
National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria
Cyprus
Union of Cyprus Municipalities
Czech Republic
Union of Towns and Communities of the Czech Republic (SMOCR)
Denmark
Association of County Councils Denmark
Local Government Denmark
Estonia
Association of Estonian Cities
Finland
Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities
France
French section of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions
Germany
Association of Municipalities of Germany
German Association of Towns and Municipalities
German Counties Association
German Section of CEMR
Greece
Central Union of Local Authorities of Greece (KEDKE)
Hungary
Hungarian National Association of Local Authorities
Iceland
Association of Local Authorities of Iceland
Italy
Italian Association of Municpalities and Regions (AICCRE)
National Association of Italian Communes (ANCI)
Latvia
Union of Local and Regional Governments of Latvia
Netherlands
Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG)
Association of Provinces of the Netherlands
Norway
Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities
Poland
Association of Polish Cities (ZMP)
Portugal
National Association of Portuguese Municipalities (ANMP)
Slovak Republic
Association of Towns and Communities of Slovakia (ZMOS)
Slovenia
Association of Municipalities and Towns (ZRCALO)
Spain
Federation of Spanish Municipalities and Provincies (FEMP)
Metropolis
Sweden
Joint Swedish Associations International Secretariat
Swedish Association of Local Authorities
Swedish County Council Association
Switzerland
Swiss Association of Cities
United Kingdom
Local Government Association (LGA)
Local Government International Bureau (LGIB)

In South America
IULA-FLACMA-CELCADEL
Argentina
Argentinian Federation of Municipalities (FAM)
Brazil
Brazilian Associations of Municipalities
Chile
Chilean Association of Municipalities (CAM)
Colombia
Federation of Colombian Municipalities (FCM)
Ecuador
Association of Ecuadorian Municipalities (AEM)
Paraguay
Paraguayan Organisation for Intermunicipal Co-operation (POIC)

In North America
IULA-North America
Canada
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
International Council for Local Envinronmental Initiatives
Mexico
Association of Municipalities of Mexico (AMMAC)
USA
International City/County Management Association (ICMA)
National Association of Counties (NACO)
National League of Cities (NLC)
US Conference of Mayors




International city organisations to merge
A new world organisation, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), has been created as a result of the unification of IULA and the United Towns Organisation (UTO). It has commenced operations on 1 January 2004 and is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain.

The mission of UCLG is ‘To be the united voice and world advocate of democratic local self-government, promoting its values, objectives and interests, through cooperation between local governments, and within the wider international community.’

UCLG plans to be the effective political representation of local government to the international community. It will aim to promote international cooperation between local governments and their associations, and will be the worldwide source of key information regarding local government.

Some key decisions have already been taken about UCLG:
• UCLG will have an elected President and two Senior Vice-Presidents
• Its governing bodies will be the General Assembly, World Council, and Executive Bureau
• UCLG will have a decentralised structure based on seven world regions; Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Russia and the Newly Independent States (NIS), Middle East and West Asia, Latin America and North America
• Membership will be open to, among others, individual cities, national associations of local government and organisations involved in local government matters

The Founding Congress of UCLG will be held in Paris, in May 2004, with the theme ‘Cities, Local Governments: the Future for Development’. The Founding Congress signals a new era for cities and local governments and the strengthening of the local voice at international level. More