This blog is a space for knowledge-sharing, opinion, advocacy and debate, both between UCLG members and the wider international local and regional government community. Contributions and comments are welcome from anyone who is interested in how sub-national governments can make the world a better place for their citizens.

Read on to discover the most varied, up-to-date and innovative initiatives of local governments and their partners from across the globe.

Inspiring debates at the YRN Autumn Plenary in Cascais 2018!
LocalizingSDGs, Youth - 03/12/2018
By Andrés Muñoz Rojo– Programmes' coordinator AER ( Assembly of European Regions). From 16 to 18 November 2018, the YRN had the great pleasure to celebrate its Autumn Plenary Meeting in the framework of the 2018 Cascais: European Youth Capital. The event brought together young representatives from various regional youth councils and parliaments in Europe to discuss hot topics at the top of the EU Agenda in the beautiful municipality of Cascais (PO).  (+)
By  Esteban Leon – Chief a.i. Risk Reduction Unit Head, City Resilience Profiling Programme (CRPP) UN-Habitat. Urbanisation continues to be the defining megatrend of our time and shows no sign of slowing down. While cities can be centres of innovation, growth, and prosperity, if poorly managed they can quickly become the backdrop for increased inequalities and unsustainable practices, and even a detriment to life. (+)
It Takes Two to Tango: Modalities and benefits of the collaboration between universities and local governments
By Kelly Henao – Columbus Association,  Daniel Samoilovich – Columbus Association, Sara Hoeflich - United Cities and Local Governments. This article stresses the main results of a study on the modalities and benefits of collaboration between universities and local governments. It... (+)
Welcoming Bologna : un parcours de deux ans pour renforcer l’inclusion des migrants dans la ville métropolitaine de Bologne
Migration - 28/09/2018
By Flore Thoreau La Salle, Project Manaher of Welcoming Bologna for Africa e Mediterraneo Une rencontre dans une paroisse dans un quartier du centre-ville, une projection de courtmétrages suivie d’un débat dans une association qui défend les droits des personnes LGBTQI, un reading théâtral sur l’histoire du peuple Sinti et les persécutions subies ou encore une école de légalité pour demandeurs d’asile tenue par l’unité locale de la gendarmerie : ce sont quelques exemples des 18 initiatives réalisées sur le territoire métropolitain de Bologne, en Italie, dans le cadre du projet « Welcoming Bologna – une expérience pilote de villes Européennes accueillantes ». (+)
Kazan was Mentioned Specially by the Lee Kuan Yew World City Prize
- 13/07/2018
Kazan is the first Russian city, which has received a special mention of the jury of the World City Prize of Lee Kuan Yew, a prestigious world award in the field of urban development. The award ceremony took place in Singapore at the 6th World Cities Summit. (+)
- 12/03/2018
By Mieck Vos, CEO VVSG For many municipalities in Flanders (Belgium) sustainable development is not an empty term. That’s clear from the firm commitment to climate neutrality in Leuven, smart mobility through cycling in Bonheiden and embracing of diversity in Malines. These are only a few... (+)