Standing Committee on Gender Equality

The UCLG Standing Committee on Gender Equality ensures follow up of issues of relevance for the international gender agenda and promotes the mainstreaming of gender in UCLG.


Decentralization and Local Self-Government

The Committee on Decentralization and Local Self-Government is part of the working structure of the United Cities and Local Governments - UCLG, and it´s made up of local and regional governments and municipal associations around the world. The Government of the Province of Barcelona has chaired the Committee since 2007 working with the World Organization in order to strengthen the processes of decentralization and local self-government in every region of the world, and to achieve more efficient and close local governments.


Local Finance and Development

There is no decentralization process without local government financial autonomy. In the same time, local governments can not contribute effectively to the achievement of the Millennium goals without accessing or developing additional financial resources. Within this context, the UCLG Local Finance Committee, aims at advising the UCLG members on matters related to municipal finance and resource mobilization.



The Committee on culture of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) is the global platform of cities, organizations and networks to learn, to cooperate and to launch policies and programmes on the role of culture in sustainable development. The mission of the Committee on culture of UCLG is "to promote culture as the fourth pillar of sustainable development through the international dissemination and the local implementation of Agenda 21 for culture".


Development Cooperation and City Diplomacy

The Committee on Development Cooperation and City Diplomacy of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) was created in November 2010, being the result of the merger of two previously existing committees: the Decentralized Cooperation Committee and the Committee on City Diplomacy, Peace building and Human Rights. The Committee on Development Cooperation and City Diplomacy is a Committee which proposes and develops policies and gives advice to the World Organization on issues related to local government, international development cooperation and city diplomacy.


Social Inclusion, Participative Democracy and Human Rights (CISDP)

The Committee aims to contribute to articulating a common voice for cities in UCLG on social inclusion, participatory democracy and human rights, and to advise local governments on the design of these policies. To that end, the Committee fosters political debate, exchange of experiences and the collective setting-up of new knowledge in order to establish guidelines for designing and implementing innovative local policies on social inclusion, participatory democracy and human rights.


Mediterranean Interregional Committee

The Mediterranean Interregional Committee is an inter-regional commission at the crossroads of three regional sub-sections: Europe, Africa and the Middle East/West Asia. An institutional consensus-seeking platform promoting decentralized cooperation and engaging in dialogue with national, European and international institutions.


Urban Health

With the ongoing development of urbanization, it is primordial to define a healthy environment and living for each citizens. This goes through meeting basic needs, improving the quality of life and offering more accessibility to services. UCLG Committee for Urban Health aims to provide the opportunity for local governments to exchange about their experiences and good practices, to sensitize authorities on current issues and to help them making healthy policies. The committee is a good platform to make your voice heard by a wide and efficient network.


Peripheral Cities

The UCLG Committee on Peripheral Cities aims to facilitate the exchange of experience and practices, and develop a common approach by peripheral cities. The Committee brings together the members of the worldwide network ’Cities in the periphery & participatory democracy’. It shows the need for recognition of the social and political situations of peripheral cities within their conurbations and within the world of cities.


Urban Mobility

The Committee on Urban Mobility aims to create a place where local governments can present their good practices and problems and where initiatives can be taken to support local governments.  Other objectives are to get recognition from national governments and international governmental institutions for the role of local governments in urban mobility and to promote the role of local governments in all aspects of urban mobility.


Digital and Knowledge-Based Cities

The Committee of Digital and Knowledge-based Cities (CDC) of UCLG aims to create an efficient network of cooperation integrated by Local Authorities to take advantage of the opportunities that the new information and communication technologies (ICT), innovation and knowledge bring, and to share, assimilate and adapt them to local needs, and create new opportunities for all the cities and municipalities.


Urban Strategic Planning

Urban Development is the key responsibility of local governments and has to respond to trends and dynamics of high complexity. The fight against poverty, improving the quality of life, management of urban growth and administrative reforms are constant challenges for urban development. Within this context, the UCLG Committee on Strategic Urban Planning, co-chaired by Cllr. James Nxumalo, Mayor of Durban - eThekwini and Jose Fortunati, Mayor of Porto Alegre, aims at promoting worldwide experiences related to strategic planning and urban development.