UCLG World Congress: Registration is open

Online registration is now open for the World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders – 7th UCLG Congress, which will be held from 10 to 14 October in Daejeon, South Korea.
[You will find here the invitation letter from the Mayor of Daejeon]
Held every three years, the UCLG World Summit and Congress build on the century-old origins of our Organization as a movement driven by peace, solidarity and city diplomacy, and the pledge of the local and regional governments’ constituency around the world to safeguard the dreams and aspirations of their communities.
The municipal movement will gather under the motto “Local and Regional Governments Breaking Through as One”, bringing the local leadership and international actors together to meet a scenario of breakthrough.
The Pact for the Future of humanity, based on the three principles of people, planet, and government, will be the key outcome document of the 2022 World Congress in Daejeon and will define the Strategic Priorities for the Organization for 2022-2028. The axes will be the guiding force on the key themes that UCLG debates, advocates, researches and learns. The Organization will push for the transformation of the social contract within the framework of the SDGs and through a strengthened partnership with the international community, organized civil society and the inputs of local leaders and members.
As was the case in the previous Congress in Durban, the Congress in Daejeon will be organized around different tracks:

Assembly Track: We advocate

Local and regional government representatives are the key drivers of this Track, which aims at allowing continental, sectoral and thematic priorities to contribute to the global policies of the World Organization. UCLG sections, as well as sister organizations, are invited to develop position papers to be presented during the Assembly sittings. These sittings will be developed in high-level round tables, organized continentally or by sector, based on the position papers elaborated in the run up to the Congress. The contents will be submitted to the UCLG Governing Bodies.

Town Hall Track: We listen

Civil society partners are the key drivers of this Track, which will be the space for dialogue and interaction between different internationally organized communities, civil society and the political leadership of the local and regional governments constituency, in order to define our global policies in an open format. These debates will take place throughout various sessions in an interactive discussion among several stakeholders, including local government representatives. The result of the deliberations will be presented to the UCLG Governing Bodies.

Local4Action Track: We act

This Track will be the space providing innovative formats for all the spheres of the network, allowing partners to participate in a cooperative process to share, listen and review. Different formats of sessions have been developed to accommodate all the experiences and ideas within the framework of our main policy areas.

Statutory Track: We meet

This Track is reserved for UCLG members only. It comprises the meetings of the Governing Bodies that shape the policies and work plan of the World Organization. This includes the Financial Management Committee, the Committee on Statutory Affairs, the Executive Bureau, the General Assembly (not to be confused with the World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments) and the World Council. The World Secretariat will share more specific information on this Track in the coming weeks.

Daejeon Track

Moreover, the hosts of Daejeon are proposing a specific Track, to see and share the Korean and city perspective on key issues of the international agenda, such as sustainable development, innovation, science, technology and peace. The overarching theme is “Science and Cities” and will be articulated around “Peace and Science”, “Environment and Science” and “Public Administration and Science”.
Members of the Governing Bodies may play special roles in the different sessions and are encouraged to express interest to speak on specific topics and actively engage in the policy-making spaces, such as the Assembly and Town Hall tracks. 
Should you be interested in showcasing experiences from your city, region or association, do not hesitate to contact the coordination team at the World Secretariat.
[Please note that the Congress website is available: you will already find the provisional programme, as well as an information note on the structure of the Congress.]
Registration for the Congress is now open.
As you can imagine the World Congress is a big event. Although there will be a hybrid component for the plenaries on the axes of the Pact for the Future and for the main statutory meetings, in-person participation is strongly encouraged and recommended. In this sense, the Congress will count on social events, a cultural programme organized by the hosts, and interpretation in the working languages of the Organization.
The organizational costs of these events are covered by the hosts, the City of Daejeon. We need however your support to contribute to its organization and success through the payment of a registration fee.
Early Bird registration discounts are valid if you register before 31 August 2022.
Group registrations are also available and a discount applies to groups of at least 10 people from the same Organization.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please note that for national security reasons, the hosts will need to close the online registration process on 3 October. Onsite registrations will then be available as from 9 October.
Should you need additional support, we inform you that there are limited funds available, especially for fee-waives that will be granted in priority to local and regional elected officials from Least Developed Countries (LDCs). All formal requests should be sent directly to: sponsorship.daejeon2022@uclg.org.
We are also pleased to inform that the hosts in Daejeon will organize a direct shuttle bus between Incheon International Airport and DaejeonYou can book and confirm your transport directly from the registration page. Other transportation options include the Korea Train eXpress (KTX Train). 
The hosts have also selected a list of hotels near the meeting venue, Daejeon Convention Center (DCC)You can consult the list of hotels and proceed to book your accommodation via the registration page as well.
Please note that you may need a visa to be able to enter South Korea and that this process can be lengthy. We strongly recommend you to start the visa procedures as soon as possible.
Please click on the following link for more information on visa procedures for South Korea.
Please note that if you need a personalized invitation letter, the hosts in Daejeon have organized two processes:

o You can submit the [Apply for invitation letter] form after online pre-registration and payment of the registration fee.

o If you need the invitation letter before completing the payment of registration fee, you can send an email to the registration team at: daejeon2022uclg@gmail.com, copying daejeon2022@uclg.org.

UCLG team remains at your disposal for any additional information you might need:

o On the World Congress and Summit (programme, speakers, etc.): daejeon2022@uclg.org.

o On the Statutory Track of the Congress: UCLGExBu@uclg.org.

All the links you need to access at a glance:

UCLG World Congress Website

Registration page to the UCLG World Congress in Daejeon

List of hotels selected by our hosts

Transportation from Incheon Airport to Daejeon

Information on visa procedures and how to obtain an invitation letter


UCLG Conduct of Elections

UCLG Electoral Procedure Rules

UCLG Constitution



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.