Today, on October 8, 2020, the enlarged UCLG Presidency meeting chaired by President Mohamed Boudra and Secretary General Emilia Saiz has taken place. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic all events have been held online.
On the agenda have been the report on the work done in 2020, updates on the activities of the World Council, support of members in the post-COVID era and priorities for further action. Thus, among the priorities are the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the local level, the enhancement of the UCLG’s place at the global table and the assessment of the organization’s health and its global performance.
UCLG-Eurasia has been represented by Secretary General Rasikh Sagitov, Minister of External Relations and Peoples’ Affairs of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) Gavril Kirillin and Vice-Mayor of Kazan Evgenia Lodvigova.
Following the statutory part, the consultation dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the United Nations under the theme “Future We Want, UN We Need” has been organized. Upon request of UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, UCLG has prepared the report on how local governments see the future of our planet in 25 years.
Highlights of the global report, which includes priorities for better recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as current priorities related to the SDGs have been presented by Under-Secretary-General of UN and Special Adviser on Preparations for the Commemoration of the Seventy-Fifth Anniversary of the United Nations Fabrizio Hochschild.
On behalf of local and regional governments of the Eurasian region, Vice-Mayor of Ufa Alina Suleimanova has taken the floor. In her speech she has noted that nowadays the number of global challenges is growing around the world, and their addressing requires the consolidation of efforts at all levels. “To achieve the sustainable future we and our colleagues from Eurasia consider that it is necessary to create a new model of global governance, where local governments take active part in the global decision-making process. Global agreements and agendas should be developed in partnership with local governments. There the role, powers and measures to support local governments should be identified,” Alina Suleimanova has highlighted in her speech.
Participants of the online consultation have included over 110 representatives of local and regional governments from all over the world.