The Global Task Force meeting in Istanbul, March 2013. Photo: UCLG

[25 March 2013] -- With the Millennium Development Goals due to expire in 2015 and Habitat II coming up in 2016, a debate is currently underway to determine what the next set of development goals should be. United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) has formed a task force of its members and partners that aims to develop a joint strategy to ensure that the views of local and regional governments are represented in the new development agenda.

The Global Task Force of Local and Regional Governments for Post-2015 and Habitat III held its second meeting in Istanbul, Turkey 19-20 March 2013.  As a partner and supporter of the Task Force, the Cities Alliance was represented at the event by Urban Specialist Dr. Rene Peter Hohmann.

The meeting concluded with the adoption of a joint communiqué outlining priorities for a new development agenda. The communiqué stressed that the new development agenda should be people-centred and acknowledge local and regional governments as key actors in development.  

It highlighted several areas that should become an integral part of the new global agenda:

  • Democratic self-governing, participative, efficient, accountable and resourced Local and Regional Government within the framework of a better intergovernmental coordination, harmonisation processes and effective decentralisation
  • Food Security and Nutrition as basis for poverty eradication
  • Quality Universal Basic Service Provision geared towards reducing inequalities and improving the lives of slum dwellers, including a gender sensitive approach. These services should foster inclusive societies that are mindful of providing opportunities for youth.
  • Local Economic Development, with a focus on pro-poor policies and decent job creation in a green urban economy which promotes sustainable consumption and production
  • Sustainable Urbanisation as source of development: Cities that are well planned, designed and governed can generate economic growth and means of livelihood. This includes a territorial approach and cohesion, with special attention to climate change mitigation and adaptation, risk prevention and safe cities.
  • Culture as driver and enabler of development and people-centreed societies.
  • Protection and sustainable management of the environment, biodiversity and natural resources
  • Local Government Development Cooperation (Decentralised Cooperation) as an instrument to promote solidarity and peer learning

Read the full press release issued by the Task Force

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