Arab Towns Organization (ATO)

Organisation des villes arabes (OVA)

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1967-03-15 Kuwait Kuwait


Founded on approval of statutes, following conference, 11 Mar 1967, Kuwait City.


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.


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General Conference (every 3 years); Permanent Bureau (meets annually), serves as Board of Executives; General Secretariat, headed by Secretary General.

ATO institutions: F-XF0219 - Arab Towns Development Fund (ATDF); E-XE2780 - Arab Urban Development Institute (AUDI); 'Arab Urban Environment Centre'; 'Arab Forum on Information Systems'; 'Heritage and Arab Historic City Foundation'; 'Arab Urban Observatory'.


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GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities



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