Strategic meeting of UNACLA members, 24th April, Istanbul 2017. UNACLA members met in Istanbul under the theme "The global development agendas, implications for local governments" upon the invitation of Kadir Topbaş, Mayor of Istanbul. This meeting provided inputs for the Local Government Delegation to the Governing Council of UN-Habitat that took place in Nairobi from 8 to 12th May 2017.
The meeting contributed to advance in the local implementation of the global development agendas and to further explore the real implications for local and regional governments and the role of UNACLA to support these processes. Thirty-five participants from 11 of the 20 UNACLA members were present at the event that was key to approve the new strategic priorities for the 2017 – 2019 period.
Sustainable Cities Dialogue, Strasbourg, 24 – 25th May 2018
Strategic meeting of UNACLA members, 24th April, Istanbul 2017
UNACLA co-organized the "Sustainable Cities Dialogue" that took place in Strasbourg on 24 – 25th May 2018 within the framework of the UCLG Executive Bureau. The Dialogue brought representatives from 25 central governments to debate with ministers and mayors for the first time about joint implementation of Agenda 2030. The final report "Urban governance at the core of the implementation of SDG 11" informed the High-Level Political Forum review of SDG 11 in 2018. This was the first time that central and local governments came together to address SDG 11 jointly in a global event. It was also the first time that central governments from different line ministries were able to participate in a UCLG Executive Bureau. The participants exchanged views over the following themes: Right to the city and inclusive territories, opportunities for all, culture and city diplomacy, multi-level governance, resilience and linking the global goals with the New Urban Agenda implementation.
First local and regional government forum at the HLPF, New York, 16th July 2018
UNACLA supported the first edition of the Local and Regional Government Forum during HLPF in New York New York on 16th July 2018. The event was co-organized together with UNDESA and the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments. The meeting gathered 250 representatives from local and regional governments present at HLPF for the first time the same day as member states of the UN started presenting their Voluntary National Reports (VNR). The debate showcased how cities are at the frontline of implementing the SDGs, including monitoring progress and aligning budgets and political priorities with those of Agenda 2030.
UNACLA also supported the organization of the Venice City Solutions – Financing the SDGs at the local level that took place in Venice on 16-17th November 2018. Co-organized by UN-Habitat, UNDP, UNCDF and UCLG with its Italian member, AICCRE. The event brought together representatives from 25 member states to discuss how funding Agenda 2030 at local level is key to achieve it globally. The debate was organized around the following themes: National strategies for financing the achievement of the SDGs at local level; Measuring impact at local level: the importance of data on budget alignment and tracking indicators; City Solutions, how local governments are making the Agenda 2030 a reality at local level; Dynamic local economies to achieve the 2030 Agenda.
Venice City Solutions 2030: Financing the SDGs at local level, Venice, 16-17th November 2018
Ilsur Metshin, Mayor of Kazan, Russian Federation (right), elected as President of the UN Advisory Committee of Local Authorities (UNACLA) with Mohamed Boudra, Mayor of Al Hoceima, Morocco (left), elected as the new President of the UCLG, Durban, November 2019
1st Session of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) with the assistance of UNACLA, UCLG and UN-Habitat, Nairobi, 27-31st May 2019. This event replaces the former governing Council of UN-Habitat and has a universal membership in which all UN members will be represented. The theme of the Assembly was "Innovation to improve the quality of life in cities and communities".
World Congress of United Cities and Local Governments and World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders, Durban, South Africa, 11-15th November 2019. Convened by the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the Summit was the first to coincide with the implementation phase of global agendas such as the New Urban Agenda (NUA), the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the Sendai Framework, and the UNFCCC Paris Agreement on climate change. During the Congress Ilsur Metshin, Mayor of Kazan, was elected as President of the United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities (UNACLA). For the first time such a high position is held by a representative of the Russian Federation.
1st Session of the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) in Nairobi, 27-31st May 2019
Panel Speakers during the session 'Localizing sustainable development: gearing up to the implementation decade', Durban, November 2019