Municipalities and regions contribute to development cooperation

Development Cooperation

What is the added value of local and regional governments in development cooperation?

What does the European Year for Development represent to towns, cities and regions? Several mayors, local elected representatives and the CEMR secretary general explain you why local government ensures the success of development cooperation projects:


  • Kadir Topbaş, Mayor of Istanbul and President of United Cities and Local Governments (video);
  • Lazaros Savvides, Mayor of Strovolos (Cyprus) and Board member of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (video);
  • Khalifa Sall, Mayor of Dakar and President of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (video);
  • Annemarie Jorritsma, Mayor of Almere (Netherlands) and CEMR President, representing PLATFORMA (video);
  • Richard Kemp, Councillor of Liverpool (video);  
  • Frédéric Vallier, CEMR secretary general (video)

Source: Council of European Municipalities and Regions CEMR/CCRE