Call for candidatures: Chairperson of the UCLG Standing Committee on Gender Equality


Launched in 2004, United Cities and Local Governments is the global advocate and representative of democratic local government, inheritor of a century-old movement. It has members in over 140 countries across the world, bringing together individual cities, regional governments and national local government associations in one united global organization.

The UCLG Standing Committee on Gender Equality was created in 2011 and is composed of representatives from women caucuses in each of the Sections of UCLG. It aims to promote gender equality within the World Organization’s governing bodies and to ensure that the gender equality perspective is included in UCLG policy and activities.

As per the amendments to Article 58 of the UCLG Constitution during the Rabat Congress in 2013, the Chairperson of the Standing Committee is an ex officio member of the UCLG Presidency with full rights and carries important weight in the political representation of the Organization. 

The Presidency is elected by the World Council of UCLG, which will meet on 14 October 2022 in Daejeon.

[See here the call for candidatures for the Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Gender Equality]

The World Council is the principal policymaking body of UCLG. It comprises 342 representatives that hold a political mandate and who are nominated through an electoral process facilitated through the Sections, with oversight of the Committee on Statutory Affairs. The World Council that will elect the Presidency will be appointed by the General Assembly on 13 October in Daejeon

[See here the UCLG Constitution and the UCLG Conduct of Elections]



  • Candidates should represent a paying local government member of UCLG.
  • The member represented by the candidate will be up to date with the payment of their membership fees.
  • According to the UCLG Constitution, the Chairperson of the Standing Committee shall hold a local electoral mandate; they must also be at the head of a) a local government or b) a national association of local governments.
  • In order to advance in gender balances, female participation is strongly encouraged. 


Candidacies must include: 

  • Short biography
  • Manifesto or motivation letter 
  • Statements of support from 6 different local government members from at least 3 different Section
  • Explicit acceptance of the Terms of Reference for the Chairperson of the Standing Committee on Gender Equality.

Candidacies must be presented by 1 August 2022 and sent by email to:


Emilia Saiz

Secretary General

United Cities and Local Governments

Email: [email protected]


Updates on the electoral process will be provided through the UCLG website:

[See here the more detailed electoral calendar, as well as an institutional timeline of gender equality in UCLG]

Any questions concerning the above can be addressed to the Secretary General through the email above.

We look forward to active participation in Daejeon and to renewing the UCLG leadership in order to further develop the capacity of our international municipal movement.