400 local and regional leaders meet in Florence to define their own international agenda for the next six years



At the invitation of Matteo Renzi, Mayor of Florence, the City of Florence will welcome local and regional representatives from over 40 different countries gathered in the UCLG World Council from 9 to 11 December.


UCLG World Council is the highest policy-making body of the World Organisation, meeting on an annual basis.


The discussions will focus on the definition of the UCLG Strategy for the coming 6 years and will pay particular attention to the contribution of local and regional authorities to the international debate on sustainability around Rio+20.


The Council will be chaired by Kadir Topbas, Mayor of Istanbul (Turkey) and President of UCLG, and by the Co-Presidents Antonio Costa, Mayor of Lisbon (Portugal), Muchadeyi Masunda, Mayor of Harare (Zimbabwe), Ilsur Metshin, Mayor of Kazan (Russia), and Ted Ellis, Mayor of Bluffton (USA), Treasurer. 


The gathering will also count with the presence of mayors from cities around the world such as Rabat, Dakar, Paris, Stuttgart, Philadelphia, Sevilla, Tripoli and with the participation of numerous mayors of Italian cities. It will further bring together private partners and key international partners: Brice Lalonde, Executive coordinator for Rio+20; Loïc Fauchon, President of the World Water Council; and representatives of Cities Alliance, UNFCCC and OECD.


During 30 work sessions, covering topics from aid effectiveness to social inclusion, UCLG members will have unique networking opportunities and will be able to exchange on public-private initiatives on specific topics such as energy, mobility and water provision. Formal sessions of the Executive Bureau and of the World Council will take place on Sunday 11th December.


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