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). Revised Constitution adopted 24 June 1963; further amended: 24 June 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 World Federation of United Cities (UTO) to form 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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Specialist interest groups meet regularly, hold seminars and congresses. Holds World Congresses (every 2 years) and regional seminars, conferences, symposia. Associated organizations: International City / County Management Association (ICMA); Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI); International Daughter Companies Network of IULA (IDCN); IULA Municipal Insurance Group; IULA Office for Research and Training; Towns-and-Development (T-and-D); World Academy for Local Government and Democracy (WALD); World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM). Instrumental in setting up: Local Authorities Confronting Disasters and Emergencies (LACDE); World Associations of Cities and Local Authorities Coordination (WACLAC).


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Consultative Status

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Other Framework); World Health Organization (WHO) (Official Relations); United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Was on Participatory Status list of: Council of Europe (CE).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 10 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 31 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 105 countries
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Subjects *

  • Government
    • Municipalities
  • Economics
    • Economic
  • Metapolitics
    • Democracy
  • Development
    • Development
  • Policy-making
    • Policy

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

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



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