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
The World Council 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.
The Executive Bureau 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.