International Union of Local Authorities (IULA)

Union internationale des villes et pouvoirs locaux (UIV)
Unión Internacional de Administraciones Locales
Internationaler Gemeindeverband

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1913 Ghent Belgium


1913, Ghent (Belgium). Revised Constitution adopted 24 Jun 1963; further amended: 24 Jun 1981; 11 Mar 1982; Sep 1995. Registered in accordance with Belgian law. Also referred to in Spanish as Unión Internacional de Municipios y Poderes Locales. Merged with H-XB3391 - World Federation of United Cities (UTO) to form B-XF6714 - World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), May 2004.


Promote local government as a cornerstone of democracy; represent and defend the interests of local government at the national and international level; foster improvement in the quality of local decision-making, administration and service provision; strengthen local government and its institutions as instruments for socio-economic development, with special emphasis on national associations; promote and encourage international information exchange and cooperation between local governments.


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Council (meeting every year), consisting of local government members. World Executive Committee (meeting twice a year), comprising 47 members and chaired by President. World Secretariat, headed by Secretary General. Regional sections and/or centres: D-XD0448 - Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR); U-XK0413 - IULA African Union of Local Authorities (IULA-AULA); U-XK0412 - International Union of Local Authorities - Asian and Pacific Section (IULA-ASPAC) (Asia and Pacific Section); D-XD4638 - Federación de Municipios del Istmo Centroamericano (FEMICA), as IULA Central America (IULA CENTAM); U-XK0342 - IULA-EMME Centre for Local Government Training and Development in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Middle East; IULA North America (IULA-NORAM); U-XE0602 - Latin American Chapter of IULA and U-XE4293 - Latin American Centre for Local Government Training and Development, the planning and executive organ of Latin American Chapter. Standing Committee: U-XK1327 - World Capitals Forum (WCF).


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GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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