United Cities and Local Governments
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Spain
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info@cities-
localgovernments.org

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localgovernments.org


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Elisabeth Gateau, Secretary General


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Unification of IULA and UTO creates largest
international local government association
By Guy Kervella, European Editor

The new, Barcelona-based, international local government association United Cities and Local Governments is the result of the unification of the two largest international local government associations, the International Union of Local Authorities (IULA) and the United Towns Organisation (UTO/FMCU). The new organisation, which has members in more than 100 countries and represents both associations and cities, brings together the national local government associations that formed the majority of IULA’s membership, and the individual city members of UTO.

The inspiration for creating a new world organisation of local government came from the 1996 United Nations Istanbul Conference on Human Settlements. Here, international recognition was given to the importance of decentralisation and the strengthening of local authorities.

Therefore, at the World Assembly of Cities and Local Authorities (WACLA) in Istanbul, participants called upon the international local government organisations to strengthen their coordination and create the basis for a unified world organisation.

Since then, IULA and UTO have been working together to create United Cities and Local Governments. In May 2001, the IULA-UTO Unity Congress took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where the decision to unify the two organisations was formally taken.

United Cities and Local Governments is a new world organisation dedicated to promoting the values, objectives and interests of cities and local governments across the globe. It is the largest local government organisation in the world, with a diverse membership that includes both individual cities and national associations of local governments.

United Cities and Local Governments promotes itself as the global voice of cities and the main local government partner of the United Nations. It promotes the policies and experiences of local governments in key areas such as poverty, sustainable development and social inclusion.

United Cities and Local Governments supports international cooperation between cities and their associations, and facilitates programmes, networks and partnerships to build the capacity of local governments. It promotes the role of women in local decision-making, and is a gateway to relevant information on local government across the world.

United Cities and Local Governments has members in over 100 countries in all world regions. Its membership includes cities, small and large, and national associations, which represent local government members in a single country. Local government members either join directly, or by becoming members of the regional or metropolitan sections.
This gives United Cities and Local Governments a broad, global membership which includes local governments of all types, as well as our international partners.

Organisations interested in becoming members of United Cities and Local Governments, can apply under one of the following categories:

Local government membership is open to individual cities and local governments, and national Local Government Associations

International organisation membership is open to international local government organisations which represent specific categories of local governments, and/or whose purposes relate to specific sectoral or thematic issues

Associate membership is open to organisations which, though not themselves local government organisations, are strongly concerned with or involved in local government matters

Local government members, international organisation members and associate members pay an annual membership fee. The membership fees for local government members take into consideration the number of inhabitants represented by the member, and the state of the country's economic development.


World Mayor 2014
26 mayors from across the world are competing for the 2014 World Mayor Prize
CHOOSE THE WINNER NOW


Support the Mayor you believe should win the 2014 World Mayor Prize



NORTH AMERICA
Mayor Naheed Nenshi
Calgary, Canada
Mayor Annise Parker
Houston, USA
Mayor Mick Cornett
Oklahoma City, USA
Mayor Kevin Johnson
Sacramento, USA



LATIN AMERICA
Mayor Marcio Lacerda
Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Mayor Álvaro Arzú
Guatemala City, Guatemala
Mayor Carlos Eduardo Correa
Monteria, Colombia
Mayor Carlos Ocariz
Sucre, Venezuela



EUROPE
Mayor Daniel Termont
Ghent, Belgium
Mayor Alain Juppé
Bordeaux, France
Mayor Albrecht Schröter
Jena, Germany
Mayor Yiannis Boutaris, Thessaloniki, Greece
Mayor Giusy Nicolini, Lampedusa, Italy
Mayor Nils Usakovs
Riga, Latvia
Mayor José Ramón García, Ribera de Arriba, Spain
Mayor George Ferguson, Bristol, UK
Mayor Joe Anderson, Liverpool, UK



ASIA
Mayor Tri Rismaharini (Risma)
Surabaya, Indonesia
Mayor Yona Yahav
Haifa, Israel
Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog
Iloilo City, Philippines
Mayor Hani Mohammad Aburas
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Mayor Park Won-soon
Seoul, South Korea
Mayor Aziz Kocaoglu
Izmir, Turkey



AUSTRALIA
Mayor Clover Moore
Sydney, Australia



AFRICA
Mayor Jacqueline
Moustache, Victoria, Seychelles
Mayor Thabo Manyoni
Mangaung, South Africa



Previous winners
and runners-up

Previous winners and runners-up include the mayors of Bilbao, Perth, Mexico City, Oklahoma City, Cape Town, Zurich, Melbourne, Amsterdam, Athens, Mississauga and Tirana. The World Mayor Project aims to show what outstanding mayors can achieve and raise their profiles nationally and internationally. MORE