Neither a modern man can live without a telephone or the Internet, nor a modern city looking to the future and working for the benefit of citizens can be excluded from global processes or working with international organizations. Established in 2004, the World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments has become a powerful and influential institution in the field of interaction of municipalities of different countries, and this is no accident. The need of local authorities to share best practices and represent them at the international level is constantly growing.
If two hundred years ago only 2% of the world population lived in cities, today the half of the world's population lives in cities. Researchers predict that urbanization will cover 84% of the population of developed countries by 2030. And it is very important to make a city a place where you want to live and spend time, where there is a sense of uniqueness of place and where you feel you belong there and it is secure and comfortable.
Any city is a complex sum of interactions and relationships, problems and opportunities, history and new approaches. Of course, every city is unique. But today almost all metropolitan cities face the same problems: transport, environment, safety, urban planning and social policy. And, in my view, the role of the United Cities and Local Governments is to promote the development of every town, to find such ways of international cooperation and exchange of best practices which would be useful for all members of UCLG. The status of member of UCLG gives an opportunity to gain access to international experience, become a part of the global community of cities, as well as present towns` socio-cultural and industrial potential.
Sharing best practices as well as the constant process of interaction and mutual enrichment of cities are very important conditions for the development of any modern city. Organization of a modern system of exchange of best practices between municipalities at the global level is a way to find solutions to many problems of urban development. This should become one of the key activities of the World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments.
UCLG represents 5 billion people across the world, 70% of the world’s total population. The network extends to every corner of the globe and covers over 240.000 towns, cities, regions and metropolises and over 175 associations of local and regional governments in 140 countries.
The headquarter of UCLG-Eurasia
Kazan (Tatarstan, Russia)
23 692 002SQ.KM
289 100 000people
Members of UCLG-Eurasia: