The main function of the Cities Alliance Assembly is to serve as an effective global platform where a broad range of Cities Alliance members and partners will meet to engage on the main urban development issues.
The Assembly will be open to new constituencies, including the private sector, foundations, universities and knowledge institutions – potentially bringing important new stakeholders into the partnership to better represent the changing dynamics of international aid. This process will be managed through the creation of a standing Membership Committee.
In addition, there are no more distinctions between national government members. While governments had previously been divided into “developed and developing” or, more recently, “urbanising or supporting” governments, they now will constitute a single constituency: national governments.
The Assembly is chaired by an individual of global standing, to be selected by the members. It also takes over the function of the Policy Advisory Forum (PAF), which has been abolished. Instead, the Assembly may appoint Sr. Policy Advisors to advise the Assembly, Board and Secretariat