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The Inter-City Intangible Cultural Cooperation Network (ICCN) is the only international organization of local governments and cultural organizations that aims to safeguard the world’s Intangible Cultural Heritage. The ICCN has been working to explore creative and effective policies for safeguarding the local Intangible Cultural Heritage and its inseparable relation to sustainable local development. Furthermore, we aim to make cultural peace based on mutual understanding formed through intercultural dialogue.
Worldwide living heritage celebrated and communities empowered
1) To co-operate with local authorities/cities for equal and friendly sharing of living heritage
2) To realize the wellbeing of communities with local culture
The Inter-City Intangible Cultural Cooperation Network (ICCN) established as a platform for the world-wide collaboration of mayors and local authorities for safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage as a vital component of sustainable development. The initiative for the creation of the ICCN was started at the first International Round Table of Mayors, in Gangneung City, Republic of Korea in 2004. As the following action, the participants of the 2008 Round Table of Mayors unanimously agreed to the official founding of the ICCN in Egypt.
The organs of the ICCN are: General Assembly, Executive Board, International Advisory Committee, and Secretariat.
The General Assembly, formerly called the Round Table of Mayors, serves as the highest decision-making body of the ICCN. It consists of the mayors and representatives of the member cities and meets every two years.
The Executive Board takes a leading-role in the ICCN’s strategy and administration. It prepares the agenda and annual action programs for the approval of the General Assembly. maximum ten(10) board members, including three(3) representatives from associate members by a majority of the ICCN members and meets annually.
The Secretariat serves as the principal coordinator of the network and Gangneung City is taking charge and financing its own operations in such a capacity. The Secretariat may be assumed by other full members on the condition that the hosting member must finance its own operations. (The Secretary-General may attend all ICCN meetings, carry out decisions of the General Assembly and Executive Board, and manage the Secretariat.)
Current Board Members (2014.10-2016.09)
Gangneung, Korea (Ex-oficio)
Esfahan, Iran (Ex-oficio)Advocacy (Policy Making)
The ICCN notes that Intangible Cultural Heritage is under threat from indiscreet globalization and unsustainable developmental policies.
Considering that local governments are the first actors at the forefront for the safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage, we are taking appropriate measures to develop strategies and working to explore creative and effective policies in this area.
Cultural Heritage, we are taking appropriate measures to develop strategies and working
1) General Assembly
General Assembly is the sovereign body of the ICCN. Sessions are held every two years. It determines the general policies and principle functions of the ICCN and approves annual action programs proposed by the Executive Board. It has special discussions of certain themes, which will inspire us to new approaches in cultural policies at the local, national and international level.
2) Thematic Workshop
Every workshop has its specialized themes and is held every two years and there are extra sessions on special occasions. It is open to not only members of the ICCN but also other experts and related organizations for sharing its expertise and experiences, and also deepening understandings in related issues of Intangible Cultural Heritage.
Sustainable Local Development
ICCN believes the crucial role of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in sustainable local development. A creative economy, which combines culture, represented as ‘sensibility’, with existing knowledge and technology, is the key for local development and competiveness. The ICCN is trying to maximize local cultural identity and to inspire local’s creativity through its Intangible Cultural Heritage. Eventually, this cultural identity and creativity will lead to sustainable local development and put locals in a leading role of the coming future.Cultural Exchanges
The ICCN has been always supportive for the cultural exchanges among our members. Through cultural exchanges, they are able to build mutual understanding on each other and this understanding becomes the strongest fertilizer of the ICCN’s spirit of cooperation and mutual assistance.
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UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities
The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities is an international policy-oriented network providing inspiration, know-how and best practice. Learning cities at all stages of development can benefit greatly from sharing ideas with other cities, as solutions for issues that arise as one learning city develops may already exist in other cities. The Network supports the achievement of all seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 4 (‘Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all’) and SDG 11 (‘Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’). The UNESCO GNLC supports and improves the practice of lifelong learning in the world’s cities by promoting policy dialogue and peer learning among member cities; forging links; fostering partnerships; providing capacity development; and developing instruments to encourage and recognize progress made in building learning cities.
Today, the network consists of around 200 cities from more than 40 countries; united in their determination to promote lifelong learning and, ultimately, achieve sustainable development in their cities.
What is a learning city?
A learning city promotes lifelong learning for all. UNESCO defines a learning city as a city that:
effectively mobilizes its resources in every sector to promote inclusive learning from basic to higher education;
revitalizes learning in families and communities;
facilitates learning for and in the workplace;
extends the use of modern learning technologies;
enhances quality and excellence in learning; and
fosters a culture of learning throughout life.
In doing so, the city enhances individual empowerment and social inclusion, economic development and cultural prosperity, and sustainable development.
Why learning cities?
Lifelong learning lays the foundation for sustainable social, economic and environmental development. The idea of learning throughout life is deeply rooted in all cultures. However, it is becoming increasingly relevant in today’s fast-changing world, where social, economic and political norms are constantly being redefined. Studies have shown that lifelong learners – citizens who acquire new knowledge, skills and attitudes in a wide range of contexts – are better equipped to adapt to changes in their environments. Lifelong learning and the learning society therefore have a vital role to play in empowering citizens and effecting a transition to sustainable societies.
While national governments are largely responsible for creating strategies for building learning societies, lasting change requires commitment at the local level. A learning society must be built province by province, city by city, and community by community.
Shiraz joint The UNESCO Global Network of Learning Cities in January 2017.
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WeGO is an international organization of cities and local governments based in Seoul, South Korea, that pursues sustainable urban development based on e-Government and ICT.
WeGO, as the world smart sustainable cities organization, makes contribution to promoting the use of ICT to advance public administration, bridging the digital divide through making networks among the cities to share their experiences and knowledge, enhancing cooperation between cities and other stakeholders, and discovering good practices of electronic government through providing the required platforms for member cities.
WeGO already has over 120 world cities including Barcelona, Spain; Frankfurt, Germany; Moscow, Russia; and Seoul, South Korea. According to the WeGO secretariat, Shiraz will be an associate member for one year. Then, in October 2018, the executive committee of WeGO shall hold a meeting in which the application of Shiraz will be reconsidered. Upon the approval the committee, Shiraz will be received as a full member of WeGO.
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) represents and defends the interests of local governments on the world stage, regardless of the size of the communities they serve. Headquartered in Barcelona, the organization’s stated mission 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’s work program focuses on:
Increasing the role and influence of local government and its representative organizations in global governance;
Becoming the main source of support for democratic, effective, innovative local government close to the citizen;
Ensuring an effective and democratic global organization.
United Cities and Local Governments supports international cooperation between cities and their associations, and facilitates programs, networks and partnerships to build the capacities of local governments. The organization promotes the role of women in local decision-making, and is a gateway to relevant information on local government across the world.
WORLD COUNCIL AND EXECUTIVE BUREAU
is the principal policy-making body of the World Organization. It decides the World Organization’s policies and ensures that general policies decided by the General Assembly are implemented.
is responsible for initiating proposals and carrying out the decisions of the World Council. It is in charge of the World Organization’s administrative and financial management. Composed of 115 members, it meets twice a year and usually gathers around 200 participants.
The UCLG network is a decentralized structure composed of 7 regional sections, 1 metropolitan section and 1 section for regional governments. Sections set their own policies and administer their own affairs while providing institutional support within their agreed geographical area. They also reinforce the policies and activities decided by the governing bodies of the World Organization and perform a policy, programming and administrative role.
COMMITTEES & WORKING GROUPS
At its meetings in Sao Paolo, Brazil, on 7-8 October 2004 and in Beijing, China, on 9-10 June 2005, the UCLG Executive Bureau agreed to establish Committees and Working Groups. During the 3rd UCLG World Congress in Mexico in November 2010, the mandate of the Committees and Working Groups was renewed. A list of recommended review was adopted by UCLG Executive Bureau, 26-27 April 2010, Chicago, USA.
The Committees prepare and implement policies within priority areas, as defined by the Executive Bureau and the work program for the current period. Each Committee can establish one or more Working Groups.
The Working Groups develop proposals and/or cooperation initiatives between local governments and their associations in order to enrich the discussions within UCLG. The Operation of the UCLG Committees and Working Groups sets out their terms of reference. Their mandate is for three years, until the next UCLG Congress in 2016.
CONSTITUTION AND RULES
The constitution of United Cities and Local Governments sets the framework for the functioning of the organization and its governing bodies. It sets out the overall mission and structure of the World Organization.
The League of Historical Cities
The League of Historical Cities
The City of Kyoto proposed the World Conference of Historical Cities in the hope of an exchange of precious experience and knowledge acquired by each of the Historical cities and exploring the roles which should be played by cities to encourage the well-being of human race and the enrichment of its culture as we head towards the 21st century.
On the occasion of the 4th World Conference of Historical Cities, held again in Kyoto in 1994, in order to further strengthen the foundation of the World Conference of Historical Cities it was decided to reorganize and develop the existing Council to form an expanded League of Historical Cities with new member cities.
The League was established with the unanimous approval of all participants.
The symbol mark for the League of Historical Cities was selected from 1,028 works from all over the world at General Assembly in Cracow in May, 1998.
This symbol mark was designed by Mr. Nobuyoshi Azuma (Kitakyushu city, Japan). The symbol implies:
A house is the beginning of the foundation of a city. A house represents historical cities on top of the globe which is the world. This mark symbolizes the realization of the world peace
the purpose of forming this League is to contribute to the realization of eternal world peace so desired for the future of mankind by all people everywhere; an organization which will deepen mutual understanding by transcending national boundaries and building on the common foundation of historical cities to strengthen affiliations between cities.
the aim is to make use of this coming together of cities for the World conference of Historical Cities in order to also establish a forum enabling further exchange between the participating cities; not only for the period during the conference, but on an ordinary, everyday basis as well; and not merely with respect to issues such as government, citizens' lifestyles, and so forth.
The League also aims to contribute to the further development of each historical city.
The league of historical cities has 116 members from the whole of the world and Shiraz has been a member of the league since 2014.
Silk Road Mayors Forum
Silk Road Mayors’ Forum
Silk Road was a network of trade routes, formally established during Han dynasty of china which links the regions of the ancient world in commerce. As the silk road was not a single thoroughfare from east to west , the term silk route has become increasingly favored by historians, though silk road is the more common and recognized name. The road is not only an ancient international trade route, but also a splendid culture bridge linking the cultures of china, India, Persia, Arabia, Greek and Rome.
Silk Road in recent years has become a source of inspiration to many international activities. Inspired by the philosophy of cooperation and interaction of ancient Silk Road, today in addition to areas that traditionally and historically had been part of the Silk Road, Other cities and countries from around the world have tried to create cultural, tourism and economy cooperation networks which have no geographical restriction for joining new members, while maintaining a focus on the Silk Road.
Silk Road mayors’ forum has been established by the World Customs Organization (WCO).
The object of this assembly is to promote the harmonious development of culture, tourism, economy and other social affairs among member cities.
Silk Road Initiative (SRI) can be known as the beginning of cohesive activities in this field. This program is an international project which is fulfilled by cooperation of United Nations Development Program (UNDP), UNDP Regional Office in China, United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCATD) with the aim of increasing cooperation and integration between China and Central Asian countries. Chaired by UNDP China and with the slogan of "a shared future based on tradition", this program began in January 2005. The resumption of widespread trade relations and attracting foreign investments are the most important objectives of the Silk Road program.
Since 2006, Silk Road convention has been held annually in different cities. In May 2010, Shiraz was the host of the 5
Silk Road Mayors convention.
Organization of Islamic Capitals and Cities
Organization of Islamic Capitals and Cities
The Organization of Islamic Capitals and Cities is an international non- governmental and non-profitable Organization founded in 1980 as an affiliate member of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC). Its members are capitals of Islamic countries and cities from all over the world. Its Headquarters is located in the Holly City of Mecca and the city of Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, respectively. The Organization has no political activity or involvement and does not interfere in the affairs of any State. Its activities are focused on the achievement of its goals within the framework of sustainable development of human settlements.
The Organization has 141 capitals and cities as active members, from 54 countries members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference. It also has eight member cities, as observers, from six non-OIC countries, and fourteen Associate members from ministries, commissions, organizations, universities, institutes, research centers and cultural centers from Islamic and non-Islamic countries in relation to the activities and goals of the Organization. The Organization approves the use of Arabic, English and French languages in its works.
The financial resources of the organization consist of members’ subscription fee and donations of members, individuals, organizations, municipalities, and governments, as well as revenues of Organization's investments
Metropolis, World Association of the Major Metropolises, is the largest association gathering the governments of major cities all over the world. As part of the global movement that advocates for democratic local self-government, Metropolis recognizes that local governments are the key actors to respond to the urban challenges of our century.
Created in 1985, Metropolis currently represents the authorities of 137 great cities and metropolitan areas in Africa, the Americas & the Caribbean, Asia & the Pacific, and Europe. Metropolis also manages the metropolitan section of
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)
For more than 30 years, metropolis has had the mission of accompanying cities in mutual learning, innovation, governance, technical and financial assistance, international presence and debate.
PEOPLE OF METROPOLIS:
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The Board of Directors is formed by at least 15 members representing metropolises from different continents. They are elected by the General Assembly and may be re-elected. The President of the Metropolis Women is an ex officio member of the Board of Directors.
PRESIDENT OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
The President of the Board of Directors represents the association in all civil acts and is invested with all the necessary powers to this end.
SECRETARY GENERAL AND SECRETARIAT GENERAL
A permanent Secretariat General is established, headed by a Secretary General and equipped with a dedicated staff. The Secretariat General is responsible for cultivating and coordinating relationships among members and for implementing the decisions of the General Assemblies, Board of Directors and Executive Committees.
The Regional Secretariats are responsible for representing the association and carrying out its activities locally. They are nominated by the President and approved by the Board of Directors.
EXCHANGES & SHARING
We promote collaborative projects and learning programs between the major cities of the world. The metropolis international training institute (MITI) is the learning network of metropolis and represents training centers from metropolis member cities around the world. MITI has the aim to strengthen the institutional and professional capacities of local and metropolitan authorities and their leaders, scaling them up to the global level. Today, MITI counts on headquarters hosted by Seoul, and regional centers hosted by Cairo, Mashhad, Mexico city and Paris Île-de-France.
We promote outstanding urban development experiences and recognize the key role of local decision makers in the international arena
We open paths for effective cooperation worldwide through networks that promote gender mainstreaming and empower young citizens in urban management.
Mayors for Peace
Mayors for Peace
In August 1945, atomic bombs instantaneously reduced the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to rubble, taking hundreds of thousands of precious lives. Today, more than seventy years after the war, thousands of citizens still suffer the devastating aftereffects of radiation and unfathomable emotional pain. To prevent any repetition of the A-bomb tragedy, the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki have continually sought to tell the world about the inhumane cruelty of nuclear weapons and have consistently urged that nuclear weapons be abolished.
On June 24, 1982, at the 2nd UN Special Session on Disarmament held at UN Headquarters in New York, then Mayor Takeshi Araki of Hiroshima proposed a new Program to Promote the Solidarity of Cities toward the Total Abolition of Nuclear Weapons. This proposal offered cities a way to transcend national borders and work together to press for nuclear abolition. Subsequently, the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki called on mayors around the world to support this program.
The Mayors for Peace is composed of cities around the world that have formally expressed support for the program Mayor Araki announced in 1982. As of February 1, 2017, membership stood at 7,219 cities in 162 countries and regions. We were registered as a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council in May 1991.
Asian Mayors Forum
Asian Mayors Forum
Asian Mayors Forum (AMF) is an international non-governmental and not-profit organization, with full legal and operational capacities, registered under the law of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
Asian Mayors Forum was established by the resolution of 89 mayors and representatives of Asian cities met in Tehran on November 18-20, 2008. The Charter of the Asian Mayors Forum was adopted in the 2nd Asian Mayors Forum Meeting held in Istanbul from 31st March to 02 April 2011 with a great participation of high level representatives of cities and international institutions. The General Secretariat of the Forum shall be based in Tehran, Iran.
The Forum has been established for an indefinite period of time and its coverage is the entire Asian continent. Regions strongly linked to Asia may also be covered.
The purposes of the Asian Mayors Forum are as follows:
To encourage cooperation among cities, municipalities and local governments throughout Asia⍮ in order to achieve further prosperity and improvement of quality of life for citizens;
To empower urban management through expansion of city-to-city cooperation and multi-lateral collaborations among cities;
To promote and facilitate citizen participation in achieving sustainable urban development;
To support benchmarking best practices in urban management among Asian cities to meet their common challenges;
To promote and facilitate networking among cities, municipalities and local governments for exchanging information and experience in areas related to urban management;
To foster interaction and cooperation among Asian cities and citizens in various areas including cultural, social, economic, political, environmental, and scientific fields.