Strasbourg 2018 - Executive Bureau

The UCLG Executive Bureau is taking place from 23 to 26 May 2018 in Strasbourg in the headquarters of the European Parliament, under the kind invitation of Roland Ries, Mayor of the city and Co-President of UCLG.

Under the theme “Inclusive and Safe Cities: Key for Sustainable Development” this 2018 Edition of the Executive Bureau constitutes an unprecedented moment as for the first time is organized together with UN-Habitat and will provide a space for dialogue between all levels of government. The 2018 edition of the Executive Bureau focuses on the key priorities of local and regional governments for the global goals.

The debates in Strasbourg will create an unique opportunity to share experiences at local and national level and to pave the way for a greater structural dialogue between different spheres of government, essential to achieve the implementation of Agenda 2030.

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 Day 1: 23.05.2018
 Day 2: 24.05.2018
 Day 3: 24.05.2018

DAY 1: 23.05.2018

The first day of the Executive Bureau was marked by preparatory working sessions. The UCLG Executive Bureau kicked off with a meeting of the UCLG Secretaries General to revise the work programme of the network as a whole and identify priorities and synergies for action.

The day followed with a meeting of the Working Group on Territorial and Management of Crises where members defined the agenda for 2018. Firdaous Oussidhoum, Coordinator of the Forum introduced the upcoming 1st World Forum of Intermediary Cities to take place on 5-7 July in Chefchaouen, Morocco. For his part, Mohamed Sefiani, Mayor of Chefchaouen and President of the UCLG Forum on Intermediary Cities presented the objectives and programme of the Forum together with Nassénéba Touré, Mayor of Odienné. Roland Ries, Mayor of Strasbourg and Co-President of UCLG concluded the session of the Steering Committee of the Forum on Intermediary Cities. The Community of Practice on Transparency and Accountability also met under the presidency of Carlos Martínez, mayor of Soria and Vice-President of UCLG for Europe.

The Community of Practice on Mobility met for the first time after the UCLG World Council in Hangzhou and was presided by Roland Ries, Mayor of Strasbourg and Yousef Shawarbeh, Mayor of Amman. Participants highlighted the role of urban transport in the sustainable development of cities and the reporting of SDG 11.2 in view of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF). A meeting of the Financial Management Committee and a working session of the Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV) also took place on the same day.

Tomorrow the second day of the Executive Bureau will be dedicated to the UCLG Policy Councils and the UCLG Strategy on Local Finance. Follow #Listen2Cities and #UCLGMeets for live updates!

Highlights of the programme

  • The Business session of the Executive Bureau will be held on 25 May from 14:30 to 18:30.
  • The four UCLG Policy Councils will host the dialogues between Ministers and Local Governments in collaboration with UN-Habitat on 24-25 May.
  • With the support of UN-Habitat and UNACLA, two high-level events will also gather national delegations and local government representatives:
    • Country implementation of SDG 11, a meeting of national delegations organized by UN-Habitat on 24 May, with the presence of the new Executive Director of UN-Habitat, Ms Maimunah Mohd Sharif.
    • A high-level dialogue on the links between the Global Goals and the New Urban Agenda implementation, a session organized in partnership with UNACLA on 25 May.

Several UCLG consultation mechanisms are planning meetings in Strasbourg as well:

  • Working Group on Territorial Prevention and Management of Crises on 23 May
  • Community of Practice on Mobility on 23 May
  • Community of Practice on Transparency and Accountability on 23 May
  • Forum of CEOs of Local Government Associations on 26 May
  • Committee on Local Economic Social Development on 26 May

Inclusive and safe cities, key for sustainable development

On the 25th of May a high level dialogue will take place bringing together Ministers, Mayors, Governors and other governmental representatives. The session organized in partnership with the United Nations Advisory Committee of Local Authorities (UNACLA) aims at linking the global goals with the implementation of the New Urban Agenda and contributing to the upcoming assessment of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11 to the upcoming High Level Political Forum (HLPF) that will take place on 9-18th July in New York.

The outcomes of this event will be brought to the HLPF in the form of practical experiences of implementing and monitoring the SDGs at local level with special focus on SDG11.

The day will conclude with the business session of the UCLG Executive Bureau and will the meetings will conclude on Saturday morning with a session on the Forum of CEOs of Local Governments Associations.

Note: The UCLG Executive Bureau meetings are closed meetings. Members of UCLG are welcome to contact the World Secretariat for additional information through the following email address:

The Executive Bureau is responsible for initiating proposals and carrying out the decisions of the World Council and for any other matter delegated to it by the World Council. It is in charge of the World Organisation’s administrative and financial management. It prepares the meetings of the World Council and of the General Assembly.