Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section
Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA)
is one of nine regional sections of United Cities and Local Governments,
with headquarters in Istanbul.
International Union of Local Authorities, Section for the Eastern Mediterranean
and Middle East Region (IULA-EMME) was the predecessor of UCLG-MEWA. It was
established in Turkey in 1987 as one of the regional sections of International Union of Local
Authorities (IULA). IULA-EMME changed into UCLG-MEWA in 2004, in
parallel with the creation and restructuring of the UCLG World Organization.
its establishment, UCLG-MEWA continues its activities for cities and local
governments from its Istanbul headquarters, serving its principles of democracy, human
rights, local self-government, international solidarity,
accountability and transparency, and sustainable development.
in the governing organs and the working groups of the UCLG World
global programs and campaigns conducted or supported by the UCLG World
Organization (such as GOLD, Alliance of Civilizations, Millennium Development Goals and Climate
to local government-related components of global meetings involving the
active presence of the UCLG World Organization (such as the World Water Forum and Alliance of
its members through activities including cooperation and collaboration,
exchange of experience and ideas, training and capacity building programs,
information and documentation, and project development.
- Involving and partnering with its members and
supporting the localization process of sustainable development with City
Councils after Turkey Local Agenda 21 Program.
- Preparing publications and documents concerning
local authorities, and supporting the preparation of such publications by