Although local governments are at the forefront of responding to pressing challenges, such as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, they often face constraints limiting their ability to respond to peoples’ needs. The UCLG Policy Councils aims to help local governments overcome some of these challenges.
The 2021 meeting of the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) Policy Councils advanced discussions on key priorities for their 2021 mandates. These included enhancing the shift in the narrative on mobility and migration, and empowering cities and regions for a green, fair, and equal recovery.
The five Policy Councils are:
- Right to the City and Inclusive Territories
- Opportunities for All, Culture and City Diplomacy: Keys to Sustainable Development and Peace
- Territorial Multilevel Governance and Sustainable Financing
- Safer, Resilient and Sustainable Cities, Capable of Facing Crises
- Implementation of the New Urban Agenda
The UCLG Policy Councils are consultation mechanisms created by the UCLG World Council to advance and develop policy recommendations in relation to strategic topics. They are composed of officials with a political mandate and represent UCLG members.
UCLG is a global organization of cities and local governments and their associations that represents and defends the interests of local governments on the world stage. It also provides a platform to advance dialogue, cooperation, and knowledge sharing to empower communities at the local level.
IISD, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin Meeting Coverage, provided daily digital coverage and a summary report of the UCLG Policy Councils Meeting 2021.