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2nd World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments

16 October 2016 | Quito, Ecuador

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The third session of the Second World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments took place on Sunday, 16 October 2016, in Quito, Ecuador. The Assembly was convened by the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments (GTF) coordinated by the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). The event brought together over 385 local and regional leaders, representing different global networks of local and regional governments, joined by representatives of local government organizations and partners, who came together to deliver the Second World Assembly’s statement to the Habitat III Conference and commit to contributing to the implementation of the New Urban Agenda (NUA), which will be adopted by Habitat III taking place in Quito from 17-20 October 2016.

The Assembly began with opening remarks by Mayor of Quito Mauricio Rodas, Minister of Urban Development and Housing of Ecuador María de los Ángeles Duarte, Secretary-General of Habitat III and Executive Director of UN Habitat Joan Clos, President of the UN General Assembly Peter Thomson and UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. This was followed by representatives of local and regional governments outlining their response to the NUA, along with their commitments going forward.

Participants celebrated, among others, the inclusion in the NUA of a reference to the Right to the City as part of a shared vision of “cities for all”; and UN Member States’ commitment to: ensure appropriate fiscal, political and administrative decentralization based on the principle of subsidiarity; promote participatory policy and planning approaches; and take measures to promote women’s full and effective participation at all levels of decision making, including in local governments. They expressed their commitment to lead local action for global sustainability by localizing international policy agendas, and called for harnessing the NUA to address the urban and territorial dimensions of all Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG 11 (Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable).

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OPENING CEREMONY

María de los Ángeles Duarte, Minister of Urban Development and Housing, Ecuador, and
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon


Mauricio Rodas, Mayor of Quito, Ecuador, delivering his opening address to the Second World Assembly
of Local and Regional Governments



María de los Ángeles Duarte
, Minister of Urban Development and Housing, Ecuador

Mauricio Rodas, Mayor of Quito, Ecuador



Peter Thomson
, President of the UN General Assembly

Joan Clos, Secretary-General of Habitat III and Executive Director of UN Habitat


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon delivering his welcoming remarks to the Second World Assembly of Local and
Regional Governments

LOCAL AND REGIONAL GOVERNMENTS' RESPONSE TO THE NEW URBAN AGENDA

Kadir Topbaş, Mayor of Istanbul, Turkey


Ada Colau Ballano
, Mayor of Barcelona, Spain

Khalifa Ababacar Sall, Mayor of Dakar, Senegal


Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal, Canada


Kinlay Dorjee, Mayor of Thimphu, Bhutan


Corina Creţu
, European Commissioner for Regional Policy

Miguel Ángel Mancera, Mayor of Mexico City, Mexico


Panel on the local and regional governments' response to the New Urban Agenda with (L-R): Miguel Ángel Mancera, Mayor of Mexico City,
Mexico
; Gustavo Baroja, Prefect of Pichincha, Ecuador; Tri Rismaharini, Mayor of Surabaya, Indonesia; Mohammad Baqer Qalibaf,
Deputy Mayor of Tehran, Iran; Eugénie Birch, General Assembly of Partners (GAP) of the World Urban Campaign; Denis Coderre, Mayor of
Montreal, Canada; Kinlay Dorjee, Mayor of Thimphu, Bhutan; Corina Creţu, European Commissioner for Regional Policy; Khalifa Ababacar Sall,
Mayor of Dakar, Senegal
; and Ada Colau Ballano, Mayor of Barcelona, Spain

LOCAL AND REGIONAL GOVERNMENTS' COMMITMENTS

Michael Müller, Mayor of Berlin, Germany


Dina Oyun
, Mayor of Kyzyl, Russian Federation

Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Mayor of Buenos Aires, Argentina


Daniel Martínez, Mayor of Montevideo, Uruguay


Emil Elestianto Dardak, Regent of Trenggalek Regency, Indonesia


Manuela Carmena
, Mayor of Madrid, Spain

Kumar Rai Bipin, Member of the Urban Shelter Improvement Board, Delhi, India


First panel on the local and regional governments' commitments with (L-R): Michael Müller, Mayor of Berlin, Germany; Horacio Rodríguez
Larreta
, Mayor of Buenos Aires, Argentina
; Kumar Rai Bipin, Member of the Urban Shelter Improvement Board, Delhi, India; Manuela
Carmena
, Mayor of Madrid, Spain
; Patrick Braouezec, President of Plaine Commune, France; Dina Oyun, Mayor of Kyzyl, Russian Federation;
Je-won Lee, Vice Mayor of Seoul, Republic of Korea; Mick Cornett, Mayor of Oklahoma City, US; Daniel Martínez, Mayor of Montevideo,
Uruguay; and Emil Elestianto Dardak, Regent of Trenggalek Regency, Indonesia


Vera Baboun, Mayor of Bethlehem


Libby Shaaf, Mayor of Oakland, US


Célestine Ketcha Courtes, Mayor of Bangangté, Cameroon

Mónica Fein, Mayor of Rosario, Argentina


Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Municipal President of Seberang Perai, Malaysia


Eddie Ngava, Councilor of Honiara, Solomon Islands

Clare Short, Chair of the Board, Cities Alliance


Second panel on the local and regional governments' commitments with (L-R): Mónica Fein, Mayor of Rosario, Argentina; Jean-Marie Bockel,
President, Communauté d'agglomération Mulhouse; Vera Baboun, Mayor of Bethlehem; Mahmoud Mohieldin, Senior Vice President of the
World Bank; Andreas Wolter, Mayor of Cologne, Germany; Célestine Ketcha Courtes, Mayor of Bangangté, Cameroon; Josep Rull, Minister
of Territory and Sustainability of Catalonia, Spain; Clare Short, Chair of the Board, Cities Alliance; Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Municipal President
of Seberang Perai, Malaysia; Carlos Martínez, Mayor of Soria, Spain; Federico Gutíerrez Zuluaga, Mayor of Medellín, Colombia; Libby Shaaf,
Mayor of Oakland, US; Peter Kurz, Mayor of Mannheim, Germany; and Eddie Ngava, Councilor of Honiara, Solomon Islands


Mercè Conesa, President of the Province of Barcelona, Spain


Abdessamad Sekkal, President of the Council of Rabat-Salé-Kéntira, Morocco

María Cecilia Alvarado, Vice Prefect of Azuay, Ecuador


Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor of Kitchener, Canada


Annemarie Penn-te Strake, Mayor of Maastricht, the Netherlands

Tae Young Yeom, Mayor of Suwon,
Republic of Korea


Roland Ries, Mayor of Strasbourg, France, delivering his intervention at the Second World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments


Mpho Parks Tau, UCLG President, Councilor of Johannesburg, South Africa, and President of South African
Local Government Association (SALGA)


Third panel on the local and regional governments' commitments with (L-R): Roland Ries, Mayor of Strasbourg, France; Mpho Parks Tau, UCLG
President, Councilor of Johannesburg, South Africa, and President SALGA; Berry Vrbanovic, Mayor of Kitchener, Canada; Luis Revilla, Mayor
of La Paz, Bolivia; Abdessamad Sekkal, President of the Council of Rabat-Salé-Kéntira, Morocco; Iñigo de la Serna Hernáiz, Mayor of
Santander, Spain; María Cecilia Alvarado, Vice Prefect of Azuay, Ecuador; Mercè Conesa, President of the Province of Barcelona, Spain; Marcio
Araújo de Lacerda
, Mayor of Belo Horizonte, Brazil; Annemarie Penn-te Strake, Mayor of Maastricht, the Netherlands; and Tae Young Yeom,
Mayor of Suwon, Republic of Korea


Participants from local and regional governments, and stakeholders


UCLG World Secretariat staff


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