Decentralisation Newsletter nº 50

News
01/10/2014
This September, the first Habitat II Preparatory Committee (PrepCom1), for the Third United Nations Conference of Housing and Sustainable Urban Development was held in New York. At this event, the members and associates of the Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments for the Post-2015 Development Agenda and Habitat III discussed the expectations...
01/10/2014
Since the 1985 General Assembly of the United Nations, World Habitat Day has been celebrated every first Monday of October, with the main aim of reflecting on the state of human settlements and the basic right to adequate shelter for all.This year it will fall on Monday 6 October and the central theme will be ‘Voices from Slums’, the aim being to highlight...
01/10/2014
Last August, the Third African Ministerial Conference on Decentralisation and Local Development (AMCOD) was held in Cotonou, Republic of Benin. The sessions coincided with Africa Day of Decentralisation, Local Governance and Local Development on 10 August. The central topic of this meeting was ‘Strengthening Local Governance for Security, Peace and Local...
01/10/2014
The European Commission recently published its Sixth Report on Economic, Social and Territorial Cohesion, which highlights how European Union cohesion polices are complying with the objectives for growth in the Europe 2020 Strategy, thanks to job creation and a reduction in inequality throughout Europe. Locally and regionally, the report analyses the state...
Compact of Mayors
01/10/2014
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and UN Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change Michael R. Bloomberg announced the launch of a global Compact of Mayors, an agreement that represents a big effort for cities to fight climate change. This agreement commit the cities to deep GHG emissions reductions; make existing targets and plans public; and...
Activities of the Committee
01/10/2014
As in previous years, the UCLG Committee on Decentralisation and Local Self-Government, in conjunction with GOBERNA (Ortega i Gasset University Research Institute, School of Politics and Government) launched the 5th Online Course on Decentralisation and Local Governability. This course, which runs from 25 September to 21 December 2014, is mainly aimed at...
Agenda
October 30, 2014
On 30 and 31 October, a seminar is to be held in Bologna (Italy) to explore the impact of the economic crisis on the administrative organisation of Europe, specifically, on the resource rationalisation process affecting local and regional levels. The event, entitled ‘Simplification of local administration in Europe: levels and dimensions’ is organised...
November 06, 2014
On 6-7 November, the UCLG Committee of Digital and Knowledge-based Cities, chaired by the city of Bilbao, is organising the working meeting ‘SMART LOCAL GOVERNANCE: The challenge of good governance in local administrations’.The aim of this meeting is to promote knowledge exchange and collaboration between cities and, above all, focus the work at the...
November 24, 2014
The UCLG World Council is taking place in November 2014, this year in Haikou (China). The statutory meetings will be held on 24-26, including those of the Executive Bureau and the World Council, while on the 27-28 the learning event will be held, relating to the second Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation. On 27, the candidates for the Guangzhou...