From December 6 to 9, was held the World Council of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) in the city of Hangzhou, China, together with the Smart Cities and Big Data Forum. In addition to the meetings of the governing bodies and the statutory sessions of the organization, this World Council hosted the inaugural sessions of the new Political Councils: Multilevel Governance, Right to the City, Opportunities for all and Resilience. Political Councils are consultative bodies of UCLG that aim to increase the political commitment of the leaders of the organization to face the great global challenges. The president of the Barcelona Provincial Council, Mercè Conesa, was named co-president of the Political Council on Territorial Multilevel Governance and Sustainable Financing. In the inaugural session of this political council, Mercè Conesa appealed to a multilevel governance model based on decentralization, the principle of subsidiarity and local autonomy, with dialogue as one of its pillars. This political council will be co-chaired by Mercè Conesa and Mónica Fein, mayor of Rosario and vice-president of UCLG for Latin America.
In the plenary session of the World Council, UCLG's new strategic priorities were presented, and an appeal was made to the G7 leaders to reaffirm their commitment to promote the participation of women in local decision-making, in addition to other statements such as the motion on the Status of Jerusalem, the declaration of Hangzhou on the occasion of the anti-corruption day, and the declaration of UCLG at the One Planet 2017 Summit.
In addition, the outgoing General Secretary of UCLG, Josep Roig, welcomed the new General Secretary, Emilia Saiz. The candidacy of the city of Durban to host the 2019 World Congress was also presented.