Decentralisation Newsletter nº 53

News
30/12/2014
From 1 to 12 December, Peru’s capital Lima played host to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The Conference of the Parties (Lima COP 20) was held to define the route map for achieving a global accord to the Kyoto Protocol next year in Paris, at the COP 21.Local and regional governments are constantly participating in climate...
30/12/2014
The 19th Mercociudades Summit, held in Rosario, Argentina, from 3 to 5 December, saw the passing of the Rosario Declaration, which emphasised extending human rights and the taking of positions on matters affecting local, regional and global issues. The declaration lent its support for cities, as spaces for coexistence, developing with equality and diversity,...
30/12/2014
The regional report The State of African Cities – Re-imagining Sustainable Urban Transition, was recently published, offering a holistic view of the challenges and changes affecting the continent’s urban areas. This is the third issue of The State of African Cities, first published in 2008. This number is divided into different sections, arranged by...
30/12/2014
On 10 November, Mexico City played host to theSeminar on Local Government Action in Latin America, organised by the AL-LAs Project (Euro-Latin-American Alliance of Cooperation among Cities), together with the Mexican Government’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The chief goals of the seminar were to analyse the challenges and opportunities associated with...
30/12/2014
On 11 and 12 December, the Moroccan city of Marrakesh hosted the REsolutions Africa Conference, under the slogan ‘Financing African Cities: agenda, alliances and solutions’. The event focused on encouraging exchanges between different interest groups to go beyond existing results to progress towards new proposals for action.The conference, organised...
30/12/2014
Last November saw the creation in Montreal, Canada, of the Network of Metropolitan Areas of the Americas (RAMA, in its Spanish, French and Portuguese initials), with the presence of representatives of the metropolitan authorities of South, Central and North America.The initiative stems from conversations taking place over the course of the last year between...
30/12/2014
On 5 December, the World Bank published an exhaustive review of the efforts made over the course of more than a decade to bolster social cohesion and give more power to local authorities (or ‘communes’) in Burundi, via an ambitious decentralisation programme begun after the civil war that affected the country.The study highlights the fiscal challenges...
Activities of the Committee
30/12/2014
During the UCLG World Council, held last November in Haikou, China, UCLG members analysed and debated the areas that would define the future global agenda for local and regional governments.The World Council also provided an opportunity for exchanges on numerous matters including local economic and social development, the provision of local public services...
Agenda
January 01, 2015
The leading international association for cities and metropolitan regions of more than a million inhabitants, METROPOLIS, has announced a call for candidatures for the position of Secretary General, after the current holder of the position, Alain Le Saux, retires during the third quarter of 2015.The selection process is already open, and potential candidates...