Union of African Towns (UAT)

Union des villes africaines (UVA)
União das Cidades Africanas (UCA)

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30 Oct 1975, Cairo (Egypt). Official inauguration (at which more than 60 African towns took part): 27-28 Sep 1977, Lomé (Togo). Reactivated during Extraordinary General Assembly, 8-10 Dec 1988, Dakar (Senegal). New General Secretariat in Rabat (Morocco) opened 30 June 1989. Ceased to exist when merged with IULA African Union of Local Authorities (IULA-AULA) and African chapter of Union of Luso-Afro-America-Asiatic Capital Cities (UCCLA) into United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), 2005.


Establish and develop bonds of solidarity among all towns and local authorities and exchange information on African experiences in the field of municipal organization; establish relations of cooperation with national, regional or international organizations; develop local democracy and communal action in Africa; improve the urban environment in Africa, such as public transport; urban planning, housing; contribute to the protection of African children and to the promotion of the African woman; contribute to the development of the educational system in Africa.

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Develops a data base on the collection of information coming from towns and local authorities. Organizes conferences, seminars, round tables, meetings and scientific, economic, social, cultural, artistic and sporting manifestations.


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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 2 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 6 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 37 countries
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Subjects *

  • Amenities
    • Towns
  • Government
    • Municipalities

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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