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Tuesday, November 23 2021 - 20:18
Russia to lead world organization United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) for the first time
BARCELONA, Spain, Nov. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

   - UCLG Executive Bureau appoints Mayor of Kazan as President

   The Mayor of Kazan, Ilsur Metshin has been appointed as governing President 
of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) and will represent the interests 
of over 250,000 municipalities, regions and metropolitan cities and their 
associations across the world. UCLG's members represent over 2/3 of the global 
population, being present in 140 of the 191 UN member states.  

   Metshin's appointment was ratified at the UCLG Executive Bureau in 
Barcelona, whilst more than 400 mayors, vice-mayors and heads of regions from 
Europe, Asia, South and North America, and Africa took part in the UCLG World 

   The appointment of the new UCLG President took place due to the early 
resignation of Dr. Mohamed Boudra, who had completed his term as Mayor of Al 
Hoceima (Morocco). In accordance with the UCLG Charter, only elected local and 
regional government officials can lead the organization. 

   Ilsur Metshin, commenting in his acceptance speech said, "The city is the 
root of all transformations, and our task is to help municipalities implement 
sustainable solutions for the challenges that we are currently confronted with. 
The UCLG is not an organization for mayors, but for all city residents, at 
whose well-being we direct all our efforts."

   Previous UCLG presidents have included Mayor of Paris (France) Bertrand 
Delanoe, Mayor of Istanbul (Turkey) Kadir Topbash, and Mayor of Johannesburg 
(South Africa) Parks Tau. 

  In his speech, Metshin proposed to modernize the existing system of 
interaction between cities and regions within the UCLG, as well as to support 
small cities that face difficult financial circumstances because of the ongoing 
COVID pandemic. 

   In collaboration with the UN-Habitat, the General Assembly of Partners and 
the UCLG, Ilsur Metshin proposed to establish an Award entitled 'Sustainable 
Development Goals Implementation Champions.' 

   "The recognition of the equivalence of each region, each city, and each 
regional office of our organization should be implemented in practice, and not 
just declared at high-level meetings," commented the newly appointed President 
of the UCLG. 

   This is the first time that a representative member from Russia has been 
appointed to lead the United Cities and Local Governments. Historically, former 
Presidents have been elected from the European, Middle East and West Asian 
regions of the global organization.

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   Source: UCLG