What are UCLG Policy Councils?

The UCLG policy councils drive and develop the 2017-2019 priorities and work programme to enhance policy ownership and political participation, facilitate networking and support the sharing of expertise among UCLG members on specific themes identified as priorities of the global agenda of the World Organization.

Policy Council objectives

The Policy Councils develop policy recommendations in relation to strategic topics.
Committees can refer topics for broad discussion, reports and documents to the Policy Councils to be tabled during the Executive Bureau meetings.

Key elements

The Policy Councils shall be composed of up to 15 representatives with a political mandate, including at least one member of the Presidency.

UCLG Policy Councils report at each session of the Executive Bureau.

The World Secretariat facilitates the work of the Policy Councils in collaboration with other parts of the membership relevant to the issues to be covered.

The Terms of Reference for UCLG Policy Development and Consultation Mechanisms

Policy Councils

Right to the City and Inclusive Territories

This policy council will bring to the debate views on how to support inclusive housing policies and ensure the full and progressive realization of the right to adequate housing for all, work with communities to upgrade slums and regenerate poor neighborhoods, and support the social production of habitat.


Opportunities for All, Culture and City Diplomacy: Keys to Sustainable Development and Peace

This policy council will debate how to protect the core values of culture, foster city diplomacy and cooperation through capacity development, and promote solidarity and peace as the bases for sustainable development.


Territorial Multilevel Governance and Sustainable Financing

This policy council will debate how to boost effective territorial and multilevel governance, and re-think and strengthen sub-national and public financing systems to reconcile financing with sustainability. The discussion will further feed the work of GOLD geared towards the establishment of follow-up and reporting by local and regional governments on the implementation of the global agendas. It will also contribute to the recent call by UCLG to establish an International Panel on Sustainable Financing for Cities.


Safer, Resilient and Sustainable Cities, Capable of Facing Crises

This policy council will debate how to implement local actions that can help to protect the climate, reduce the risk of disasters, enable social and economic vibrancy in urbanization and renewal, and build resilience. This exchange will further refer to the contributions of the local and regional government constituency to the relevant ongoing discussions and mechanisms, in support of the implementation of the key global agendas.


Policy Council on the Implementation of the New Urban Agenda

The New Urban Agenda is a critical corner stone for the development agenda. Empowered, inclusive and resilient territories, which are open and accountable to their citizens, are critical to the achievement of the 2030 Agenda and all Global Goals. 

What are UCLG Committees?

A UCLG Committee is an organized group of local government members represented by politicians that get together to work on a specific policy area. A Committee has a dedicated Secretariat and a group of members coming from all Sections of the organization. It reports to the World Council, in close coordination with the Policy Councils.

Committee objectives

The Committees develop background on specific policy areas that can serve as bases for formal policy positions to be adopted by the governing bodies of the World Organization. These policies must be embedded in the thematic areas defined by the Executive Bureau and the framework of the strategic priorities for the period in progress. Committees are further able to convene meetings among members and promote the implementation of programmes related to their policy area. The results of their work shall be presented to the UCLG Policy Councils for further recommendation to the UCLG Executive Bureau and/or World Council.


What is a UCLG Working Group?

A UCLG Working Group gathers practitioners with specific skills and expertise that are mobilized around specific topics and projects. The local government members of Working Groups may be represented by advisors – with or without a political mandate. A political representative member of the Policy Council shall monitor the activities of the Working Groups.

Working Group objectives

Working Groups aim to implement joint actions and support the implementation of specific parts of UCLG’s core programme
Working Group activities and reporting are included in the general UCLG work plan and reporting to the World Council.


What is a UCLG Community of Practice?

A Community of Practice is a group of local government members of UCLG represented by technical staff and practitioners convened at the initiative of a UCLG member around a specific topic. Communities of Practice report annually to the Policy Councils.

Community of Practice objectives

Communities of Practice call learning meetings, suggest studies or programmes and contribute to the different parts of the UCLG network, informing on specific topics. Communities of Practice can develop ground work for Committees or Policy Councils in close collaboration with the World Secretariat.


What is a UCLG Forum?

A UCLG Forum is a consultation and policy development process that culminates in an event every two years. It focuses on a specific constituency or topic.
A Forum process is led by a member and supported by a reduced group of members from different regions.
UCLG Fora-related activities will be included in the annual general UCLG work plan presented to the World Council.

Fora objectives

UCLG Fora aim to gather political representatives of a specific constituency from the membership. Fora may also gather political representatives around a specific topic of critical importance for the agenda of the organization. The Fora should produce policy guidance related to the constituency represented therein and should foster visibility for the issue concerned..