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World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders - Local Voices for a Better World and
5th United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) World Congress

12-15 October 2016 | Bogotá, Colombia

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Mpho Parks Tau, Councilor of Johannesburg, South Africa, and President,
South African Local Government Association, is elected as the new UCLG President

Kadir Topbaş, outgoing UCLG President and Mayor of Istanbul,
congratulates Mpho Parks Tau on his election as the new UCLG President


Highlights for Saturday, 15 October 2016

The 2016 World Summit convened for its final day on Saturday, beginning with the launch of the 4th Global Report on Local Democracy and Decentralization (GOLD IV), which provides analysis, innovative examples and case studies from around the globe to support the recommendations of the Global Agenda of Local and Regional Governments for the 21st Century. Throughout the morning, participants attended sessions on civic culture and happiness.

A meeting of the UCLG World Council, which is the network’s policymaking body, also took place in the morning. The Council elected the new UCLG President, Mpho Parks Tau, Councilor of Johannesburg, South Africa, and President, South African Local Government Association, for the 2016-2019 period. The Summit came to a close at 12:38 pm.

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The dais during the GOLD IV Report Launch


Photo of the group involved in writing the GOLD IV Report


Mpho Parks Tau, Councilor of Johannesburg, South Africa, and President, South African Local Government Association

Ilsur Metshin, Mayor of Kazan, Russian Federation


Participants casting their votes for president

Manuela Carmena, Mayor of Madrid, Spain, during the voting


Kadir Topbaş, outgoing UCLG President and Mayor of Istanbul, announcing Mpho Parks Tau as the new UCLG President


A group photo following the election’s outcome


Highlights for Friday, 14 October 2016

On Friday morning, the 2016 World Summit began its third vibrant day of forums, meetings, policy dialogues, and workshops, focusing on: the spirit of solidarity; the right to the city at the heart of the New Urban Agenda; local finance, participation and inclusive governance; city-to-city and South-South and triangular cooperation for decent work; how local climate action will deliver on the Paris Agreement; and local resources and public investments. The permanent working platform dedicated to co-creating the city examined the right to the diverse city, experimental cities and the right to the fair city.

In the afternoon, the second session of the Second World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments adopted a joint statement on the New Urban Agenda to deliver to Habitat III.

Following the Assembly, participants joined evening sessions on financing the new agenda, cities in crisis, public spaces, urban innovation and governing with the citizen. The day was also filled with opportunities for networking and connecting, including a social event in the evening.

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Panel speakers of the event on Community Forum - Regional Governments


The dais during the event on Community Forum - Locally Elected Women (L-R) Moderator Emilia Saiz, Deputy Secretary General, UCLG; Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, France; Sally A. Lee, Mayor of Sorsogon City; Manuela Carmena, Mayor of Madrid, Spain; Fatimetou Abdel Malick, Mayor of Tevragh Zeina, Mauritania; Fatma Şahin, Mayor of Gaziantep, Turkey; and Cristina Vélez, Secretary for Women, City of Bogotá


Sally A. Lee, Mayor of Sorsogon City, Philippines

Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris


A view of the room during the event on Permanent Working Platform - Co-Creating the City: Future of Cities — Experimental Cities


Panel speakers of the session on Policy Dialogue - The Right to the City at the Heart of the Urban Agenda


Alison Brown, Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing (WIEGO)

Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona, Spain


A view of the dais during the Second Session of the Second World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments with an intervention with Rosa M. Ribera i Mitjavila, Mayor of Terrassa, Spain


Highlights for Thursday, 13 October 2016

On Thursday morning, 2016 World Summit participants attended parallel workshops, policy dialogues and learning forums covering: culture and urban transformation; Latin American decentralization; a model city council; strategic facilitation; bottom-up national development; affordable housing, gentrification, accessibility and urban development; local economic development for social cohesion; mobility; and the ‘Handbook on International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning.’ The permanent working platform on co-creating the city continued throughout the day.

In the afternoon, a plenary on ‘Linking up the 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda’ convened, followed by a meeting of the UCLG Executive Bureau. Afternoon workshops explored: the UCLG City of Bogotá Peace Prize Finals; territorial governance for food security; SDGs localization; and the HIV threat in cities. A policy dialogue addressed territories for the promotion of sustainable local economic and environmental policies, while a learning forum emphasized the importance of learning for professionals and leaders, specifically in local governments.

Throughout the day, attendees could also explore new topics through films at the cinema forums and 30-minute talks in the presentations corner. Constituencies held community forums and other groups met, including the metropolitan and peripheral cities constituency, CEOs of local government associations, the UN Advisory Committee on Local Authorities (UNACLA), the Metropolis Executive-Financial Committee, and the preparatory meeting of the 1st World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace to be held in April 2017.

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Participants engaged in discussions through Google Hangouts during the session on Permanent Working Platform - Co-Creating the City: Right to the City of Learning


Michel Vallée, Director of Culture, Vaudreuil-Dorion, Canada, addressing participants during the Policy Dialogue - Culture as a Dimension in Urban Transformation

Karim Hendili, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), during the Policy Dialogue - Culture as a Dimension in Urban Transformation


Participants listening to panelists during the Community Forum - Metropolitan and Peripheral Cities


Participants listen to the remarks from Sogen Moodley, Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE), eThekwini, South Africa, during the Learning Forum - Practical Sessions: The Art of Strategic Facilitation


The dais during the Workshop - Laying the Path for Inclusive Cities: Affordable Housing, Gentrification, Accessibility and Urban Development (L-R) Josep Roig, UCLG Secretary General; Angel Gurría, Secretary General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); Ana Marie Argilagos, Ford Foundation; Federico Gutiérrez, Mayor of Medellín, Colombia; Manuela Carmena, Mayor of Madrid, Spain; and Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montréal, Canada, UCLG North America President and Metropolis President


An overview of breakout groups discussing success factors for better urban mobility


Participants listen to panel speakers during Plenary - Links Between the 2030 Agenda and the New Urban Agenda


Highlights for Wednesday, 12 October 2016

The 2016 World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders began on Wednesday morning in Bogotá, Colombia, with an official opening ceremony featuring welcoming speeches from President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos, Bogotá Mayor Enrique Peñalosa, President of United Cities and Local Government (UCLG) and Mayor of Istanbul, Turkey, Kadir Topbaş, and UN-Habitat Executive Director Joan Clos.

Following the ceremony, Summit attendees took part in parallel sessions, including: an urban journalism academy; workshops on public transport, drug policies, Seoul’s policies and best practices for inclusive and transparent city development, and operationalizing culture in sustainable cities; and a permanent working platform on co-creating the city.

In the afternoon, an opening plenary addressed the theme of ‘The Era of Strong Local Government: Recalling the Spirit of Habitat II.’ Following it, participants attended workshops on: migration and mobility; the role of local governments in effective national development; and local governments as decision makers in world affairs. Another session focused on the Lancet Series on urban design, transport and population health, and a policy dialogue convened around the topic of stronger, more accountable local and regional governments.

The World Summit is also providing forums for participants belonging to a single constituency or a decision making body to exchange views and advance their agendas. On Wednesday, presidents of local government associations met in a community forum, as did the intermediary cities constituency. In addition, the Board of the Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV) convened in the morning and UCLG committees and section caucuses met throughout the day.

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Enrique Peñalosa, Mayor of Bogotá, welcomes participants to the World Summit


Joan Clos, UN-Habitat Executive Director, addresses attendees at the opening ceremony


Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, addresses participants via a video message


Juan Manuel Santos, President of Colombia


The Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra performed at the end of the opening ceremony


The dais during the session on Urban Journalism Academy (L-R) Fernando Casado, Towards the Human City, Seres Urbanos, El País; Neal Peirce, Citiscope; Fatimetou Mint Abdel Malick, Mayor of Tevrah-Zeina, Mauritania; Jeanneth Cervantes, Radialistas Community Radio, Ecuador; Moderator Hélène Papper, UN Information Centre for Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela; and Jennifer Lenhart, urban blogger with Guardian Cities


Neal Peirce, Citiscope

Jennifer Lenhart, urban blogger with Guardian Cities


The dais during the Opening Plenary - The Era of Strong Local Government: Recalling the Spirit of Habitat II





Your IISD team at the 2016 World Summit (L-R) Nancy Williams, US; Tasha Goldberg, US; Nicole de Paula, Brazil;
Diego Noguera, Colombia; Virginia Wiseman, US; and Dina Hestad, Norway


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