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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)
Association of Local Governments of Nigeria
South Africa
South African Local Government Association - SALGA
Urban Councils Association of Zimbabwe

In Asia-Pacific
Australian Local Government Association
Australian State and Territory Local Government Associations
The Chinese People's Association for Friendship with Foreign Countries (CPAFFC)
Korean Local Authorities Foundation for International Relations (KLAFIR)
Municipal Association of Nepal (MUAN)
New Zealand
Local Government New Zealand
League of Municipalities of The Philippines (LMP)
The League of Provinces of the Philippines
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)
Federación de Municipios del Istmo Centroamericano (FEMICA)
Municipal Association of the Republic of Honduras (AMHON)
Municipal Association of the Republic of Nicaragua (AMUNIC)
Association of Municipalities of Panama (AMUPA)

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

In Europe
Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)
Austrian Association of Cities
Austrian Association of Municipalities
Best Practices Hub
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
National Association of Municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria
Union of Cyprus Municipalities
Czech Republic
Union of Towns and Communities of the Czech Republic (SMOCR)
Association of County Councils Denmark
Local Government Denmark
Association of Estonian Cities
Association of Finnish Local and Regional Authorities
French section of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions
Association of Municipalities of Germany
German Association of Towns and Municipalities
German Counties Association
German Section of CEMR
Central Union of Local Authorities of Greece (KEDKE)
Hungarian National Association of Local Authorities
Association of Local Authorities of Iceland
Italian Association of Municpalities and Regions (AICCRE)
National Association of Italian Communes (ANCI)
Union of Local and Regional Governments of Latvia
Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG)
Association of Provinces of the Netherlands
Norwegian Association of Local and Regional Authorities
Association of Polish Cities (ZMP)
National Association of Portuguese Municipalities (ANMP)
Slovak Republic
Association of Towns and Communities of Slovakia (ZMOS)
Association of Municipalities and Towns (ZRCALO)
Federation of Spanish Municipalities and Provincies (FEMP)
Joint Swedish Associations International Secretariat
Swedish Association of Local Authorities
Swedish County Council Association
Swiss Association of Cities
United Kingdom
Local Government Association (LGA)
Local Government International Bureau (LGIB)

In South America
Argentinian Federation of Municipalities (FAM)
Brazilian Associations of Municipalities
Chilean Association of Municipalities (CAM)
Federation of Colombian Municipalities (FCM)
Association of Ecuadorian Municipalities (AEM)
Paraguayan Organisation for Intermunicipal Co-operation (POIC)

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

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