Arab Towns Organization (ATO)

Organisation des villes arabes (OVA)

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URL: http://www.arabtowns.org/

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Founded

1967-03-15 Kuwait Kuwait

History

15 Mar 1967, Kuwait City (Kuwait), on approval of statutes, following conference, 11 Mar 1967, Kuwait City. Previously also known as Arab Cities Organization (ACO).

Aims

In relation to Arab towns: preserve identity and heritage; support development and modernization of municipal and local authorities; improve and boost services and utilities; support member towns development schemes through providing loans and assistance; maintain cooperation with member towns in the process of planning and coordination of development activities and services, accordingly with each economic, social, cultural and environmental capacities; facilitate exchange of service-related achievements and expertise among member towns; coordinate efforts to modernize and standardize municipal regulations and codes; maintain liaison and cooperation working in ATO-related fields.

Events

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Structure

General Conference (every 3 years) is highest authority and policy-maker, comprising representatives of member cities, presided by the conference-hosting town governor or their representative. Permanent Bureau (meets annually), serves as Board of Executives, oversees affairs and follows up resolutions adopted by the General Conference, consisting of governors of member Arab capital cities (Jerusalem, Holy Makkah, Holy Medina, Layoun) and 11 other members elected by the General Conference. General Secretariat, headed by Secretary General.

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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

UIA Org ID

XD2765

Last News

2018

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