Results of the UCLG Executive Bureau in Porto Alegre

The UCLG Executive Bureau 2015 took place in June. The main topics dealt with were the preparation for the main meetings for 2016, the role of local governments in the International Agenda, and the strengthening of cohesion in UCLG’s global network.

Preparations for the major international meetings for local governments in 2016 include those of the Third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), which will be held in Quito in October 2016, and the Second World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments, organised by UCLG through the Global Task Force in Quito, but which forms part of the UCLG Congress to be held in Bogotá. Habitat III will assess the commitments made at Habitat II (Istanbul, 1996), which was a significant landmark for the global internationalist movement, since this is when it was decided to create UCLG.

With regard to the role of local and regional governments in the Global Agenda, the results of consultations carried out in intermediary, metropolitan and peripheral cities were presented, in order to provide information for the preparation of the GOLD IV report. Moreover, members of the Bureau expressed their support for the work being done to organise debates on the localisation of the Post-2015 Agenda, as well as the plans to put together a high-level delegation to participate in the UN Summit on Sustainable Development Goals to be held in New York.

With regard to improving cohesion in UCLG’s network, the need to consolidate the role of a ‘network of networks’ was stressed, with a view to increasing the organisation’s resilience, diversifying sources of income and reinforcing links with strategic allies, civil society and the private sector. Porto Alegre also represented an opportunity for UCLG to revitalise its Latin American members' involvement in the network. Moreover, the commissions’ and task forces’ activities were presented within the context of the Bureau.  Finally, the decision to hold the next UCLG Executive Bureau in Kazan, Russia, in June 2016 was approved.