Intermediary cities consultations

 Background on UCLG’s work with intermediary cities 

The UCLG Urban Strategic Planning Committee has been consulting local leaders on the role and challenges of intermediary cities since 2013. In 2014, the Committee published a Policy Paper, ‘Building the New Urban Agenda for Intermediary Cities’, and it is currently drawing up a Frame Document on Planning for Sustainable Urban Development of Intermediary Cities. UCLG also has a strong network of intermediary cities that are working together on peer-learning projects related to local economic development, territorial management and the labour market.  What is an intermediary city?
UCLG uses a flexible definition of intermediary cities, based on population (generally fewer than one million inhabitants), and their role in the mediation of flows (of goods, information, innovations, and administration, etc.) between the rural and the urban territories within their areas of influence and in relation to other cities and regions.



In March of 2015 we held a consultation on the role of intermediary cities in the Global Agenda of Local and Regional Governments for the 21st Century, using the UCLG Strategic Toolkit. The results of these consultations will guide our ongoing work on the Global Agenda and Gold IV.

We have published reports on the consultations with the aim of opening up the debates to an audience beyond those who directly participated.

We invite local governments and our partners to reflect on the ideas and proposals in these reports, and to build on them with their own inputs using the Strategic Toolkit.

To send us your ideas, to share your practices, or to join our consultation group on intermediary cities, write to [email protected].