UCLG-MEWA Committee on Environment

UCLG for Environment                      

UCLG policies are developed through its committees that it has launched. These committees deal with policy preparations and implementation in priority areas and they set the next working program. They contribute to the works for enriching the discussions within UCLG by elaborating proposals and cooperation initiatives.

Within UCLG, environment is discussed through the committees below:

· UCLG Committee for Urban Health
· UCLG Committee on Strategic Urban Planning
· UCLG Committee on Urban Mobility
· UCLG Committee on Peripheral Cities

UCLG operates the advocacy and representation of the local and regional authorities in the issue of environment through four main subjects in its international agenda, and it ensures the participation of local authorities in policy making processes.

In this regard, UCLG develops implementation, action, and campaign methods and policies related to the topics in its agenda, and makes the announcement to the world.

  • Climate Change
    - Local Government Climate Roadmap
    - Compact of Mayors
    - Global Task Force
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • Urban Sustainability Agenda and the publication The City of 2030: Our Manifesto

Why UCLG-MEWA established the Committee on Environment?

UCLG-MEWA Committee on Environment was established by the decision taken at UCLG-MEWA Executive Bureau and Council Joint Meeting held in Adana, Turkey on 19 December 2014.

This Committee, operates the works of local governments which are the main actors in the fight against environment problems in order to make them more active in this field and contribute to the solution, thus; mobilizes these institutions which have vital importance with regards to the future of the cities and societies.

As one of the 8 sections of UCLG World Organization, we adopt every headline in UCLG agenda as our priorities and we announce that we will operate the advocacy in global level for the interest of the local and regional governments in MEWA region.

In this regard, we have set the topics of climate change, renewable energy, urban agriculture areas, sustainable waste management and pollution (land, water, air, noise) as our major discussion topics of the local governments in the region.

Compact of Mayors, which is one of the most important initiatives of local authorities related to climate change issue, is an agreement by city networks and their members to undertake a transparent and supportive approach to reduce city-level emissions, to reduce vulnerability and to enhance resilience to climate change, in a consistent and complementary manner to national level climate protection efforts.

We are taking on the task of advocacy related to this agreement and working on its promotion, and we are working on our local and regional authorities’ climate related contributions to find a place in international arena through their commitments.

We are supporting many events on water and transportation, sharing them with our members, and with their participation in these events we are developing our relations for their maximum gains.

Through this new platform, we ensure the information and experience exchange between local governments and other relevant actors by carrying out cooperation activities.

Committee’s first meeting in which we follow up our activities and ensure coordination, took place in Malatya, Turkey on 13 November 2015, upon the request of Malatya Metropolitan Municipality.

UCLG-MEWA Committee on Environment

The president of the committee is Fatma Şahin, the Mayor of Gaziantep (Türkiye)

The Committee has 5 co-presidents:

  1. Balıkesir Metropolitan Municipality - (Türkiye)
  2. Dura Municipality - (Palestine)
  3. Association of Palestinian Local Authorities (APLA) - (Palestine)
  4. Güzelyurt Municipality - (TRNC)
  5. Saida  Municipality - (Lebanon)
Committee Documents



United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA) strongly condemns the terrorist attack resulting in civilian casualties on November 13th in Istanbul, which also hosts the Organization's Secretariat. UCLG-MEWA stays firmly against any terroristic attempt that threatens or disrupts the region's peace, security, and stability. We offer our heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased and wish for a speedy recovery for those injured. In this regard, we express our sincere gratitude to our well-wishers and friends in the local governments for their condolence messages.


“Training on Urban Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction for Arab Cities” organized by UCLG-MEWA, UCLG Learning, UNDRR, and ATO will take place on 1-2 November in Dibba Al Fujairah, United Arab Emirates.


The Executive Bureau Meeting of the United Cities and Local Governments, Middle East and West Asia Section (UCLG-MEWA) will be held on 23-24 November 2022, hosted by Gebze Municipality at Bilişim Vadisi (Technology Development Zone).


The 6th Tehran Golden Adobe Award, organized by Tehran Municipality in cooperation with United Nations Human Settlement Program (UNHABITAT), will be held in Tehran on 31 October-1 November. The Award will focus on “People-Oriented Development, Social Dynamism and Cultural Inclusion in City.” The project entries can be submitted to the website until 7 October. .


The second issue of the UCLG-MEWA quarterly magazine MEWA Agora is out. The issue with the main focus on Decentralized Cooperation includes the Feature on cities’ development cooperation in the MEWA Region, the Opinion piece by Sogen Moodley from the Durban University of Technology, the Interview with Tayseer Abu Sneineh, the new president of UCLG-MEWA, and "Wastewater and Municipal Water Systems Management" good practice on decentralized cooperation.


Tehran Municipality’s initiative Asian Mayors Forum, cooperating with Allameh Tabataba’i University from Iran, will be organizing its first international Summer School on Urban Management.


UCLG-MEWA Committee on Gender Equality will organize its first program with the new committee presidency after UCLG-MEWA Congress’22. The program will be held on 5 August 2022, in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC) under the auspices of the Municipality of Girne


UCLG-MEWA expresses grave concern and sympathies towards the families of the victims of the devastating earthquake in Afghanistan that hit the country's Paktika Province on June 21 and resulted in more than a thousand deaths and many more injuries.

 Iran Smart City Expo 2022

You are all invited to the 3rd Iran Smart City Expo & Conference, which will take place between July 3-5, 2022. The program, hosted by the help of the Ministry of Interior of Iran, aims to develop participants’ networks and provides capacity building opportunities on “Smart City Policies/Practices”.

 Tehran Twin Cities Festival

Tehran Municipality invites its Twin Cities to participate in the 1st Festival and Exhibition of Sister and Twin Cities of Tehran between 5-9 July 2022, to share experiences and display their capabilities and opportunities for joint projects and bilateral or multilateral cooperation.