UCLG Structure


The Presidency, comprising the President and up to 5 Co-Presidents is elected by the World Council from among local government members for a renewable term between two ordinary sessions of the General Assembly. One member must come from an individual local government member; one from a national association and one come from a member of the Metropolitan Section. In case no gender balance is reached, and at the recommendation of the Committee on Statutory Affairs, the  chairperson of the Standing Committee on Gender Equality can become an ex-officio member of the Presidency with full rights. The Treasurer participates in the work and deliberations of the Presidency. The members of the Presidency fulfil their function without remuneration.


Mayor of Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality Kadir TOPBAS who was President of MEWA and Vice-President of UCLG between 2004 and 2007, and Co-President of UCLG from 2007 to 2010 has been President of UCLG since 2010.

He is also President of the Union of Municipalities of Turkey.


World Council and Executive Bureau

The World Council is the principal policy-making body of the World Organization. It decides the World Organization’s policies and ensures that general policies decided by the General Assembly are implemented.


The Executive Bureau is responsible for initiating proposals and carrying out the decisions of the World Council. It is in charge of the World Organisation’s administrative and financial management. Composed of 115 members, it meets twice a year and usually gathers around 200 participants.


UCLG Sections

The UCLG network is a decentralized structure composed of 7 regional sections, 1 metropolitan section and 1 section for regional governments. Sections set their own policies and administer their own affairs while providing institutional support within their agreed geographical area. They also reinforce the policies and activities decided by the governing bodies of the World Organisation and perform a policy, programming and administrative role.


Committees and Working Groups

At its meetings in Sao Paolo, Brasil, on 7-8 October 2004 and in Beijing, China, on 9-10 June 2005, the UCLG Executive Bureau agreed to establish Committees and Working Groups. During the 3rd UCLG World Congress in Mexico in November 2010, the mandate of the Committees and Working Groups was renewed. A list of recommended review was adopted by UCLG Executive Bureau, 26-27 April 2010, Chicago, USA.


The Committees prepare and implement policies within priority areas, as defined by the Executive Bureau and the work programme for the current period. Each Committee can establish one or more Working Groups.


The Working Groups develop proposals and/or cooperation initiatives between local governments and their associations in order to enrich the discussions within UCLG. The Operation of the UCLG Committees and Working Groups sets out their terms of reference. Their mandate is for three years, until the next UCLG Congress in 2016.