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.