World Federation of United Cities (UTO)

Fédération mondiale des cités unies (FMCU)
Federación Mundial de Ciudades Unidas (FMCU)
Weltbund der Vereinte Städte
Federazione Mondiale delle Città Unite
Vsemirnaja Federacija Obedinennyh Gorodov

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28 Apr 1957, Aix-les-Bains (France), under the auspices of Bilingual World, set up 1951, Paris (France), grouping former members of the French Resistance and organizing 'twinnings' between French and English-speaking towns. Original title: United Towns Organization. Also referred to as World Federation of United and Twinned Towns -- Fédération mondiale des cités unies et villes jumelées (FMVJ). Current name in English adopted at World Congress, 1998. Merged with International Union of Local Authorities (IULA) to form World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), May 2004.


Develop cultural, social, economic and technical exchanges between local and regional authorities, through town-twinning and other forms of international cooperation, international working parties on themes of common interest and regular conferences. Concerns include: North-North, North-South and East-West cooperation; social problems, including immigrant populations and the disabled; access of women to public office; peace; youth; environment; water; sanitation; transport.

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Themes (10): Local democracy; Peace; A new cooperation; International exchanges; Bilingual education; Diffusion of information; Access of women to municipal responsibilities; Participation of young people; Protection of the environment and the quality of life; Urban planning in the service of mankind. Promotes and provides aid and advice on: town-twinnings on a world scale, particularly between industrialized towns and developing towns; bilingual education through early initiation into a language of world communication; creation of specialized centres to study problems facing municipalities; participation of elected local leaders at the international level. Instrumental in setting up: United Towns of the West European Coast (UVLOE).


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Consultative Status

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) (Other Framework); International Labour Organization (ILO) (Special List); United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) (General Category); United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). Was on Participatory Status list of: Council of Europe (CE).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 8 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 25 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 80 countries
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Subjects *

  • Society
    • Local
  • Amenities
    • Towns
  • Communication
    • Exchanges

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities



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