UCLG 7th World Congress and Summit of Local and Regional Leaders

Held every three years, the UCLG World Summit and Congress builds on the century-old origins of UCLG 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 7th UCLG Congress will be held from 10 to 14 October in Daejeon, South Korea.

Aware that failing future generations is not an option, 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. Click here to find out all the info about the Congress.

HIC will take part of this gathering. Find below the specific sessions where HIC will be involved:

> Cities for Adequate Housing: from present emergencies to a future of housing justice

Tuesday, October 11th – 12:00 – 13:30pm

A conversation that is crucial for the present times, but also for the future. As the emergency housing policies adopted during the COVID-19 pandemic come to an end, it is imperative that we understand what allowed for their implementation, how they could be sustained and deepened beyond the pandemic and the key elements, values and practices that should be uptaken for a future agenda of local policies committed to housing justice. Were the bold responses adopted only possible due to the expanded competences conferred to LRGs by emergency declarations? What were the roles of the enlarged senses of social solidarity and co-responsibility triggered by the emergencies? How was it important that LRGs were committed to housing rights prior to the pandemic? And most importantly: how could these experiences be revisited, reinforced and sustained over time as a basis for a joint, local-level strategy to face a global, yet localized, housing emergency?

Concept note of the session 

> Research Forum

Wednesday 12, 11h-16:20h¡

The Research Forum seeks to create a space to further develop partnerships between academia, civil society, international organizations and local and regional governments (LRGs). This first edition of the RF aims at mapping current activities, priorities and objectives for research; and pooling them as a basis for exploring new partnership opportunities to jointly construct a relevant and transformative urban and territorial research agenda, in line with UCLG’s Pact for the Future.

Briefing note

> The GOLD VI Pathways to Urban and Territorial Equality: Addressing inequalities through local transformation strategies

Friday 14, 10h-11:30h

The sixth edition of the GOLD report will be jointly produced by UCLG and KNOW and launched during the UCLG World Congress. The report will be published under the title “Pathways to Urban and Territorial Equality: Addressing inequalities through local transformation strategies”.

The aim of the GOLD VI report will be to understand the state of urban and territorial inequalities worldwide and call for a step change in local and regional governments’ place in tackling this global challenge. It will analyze evidence of and articulate possible responses to the multiple manifestations of inequalities, focusing especially on their territorial dimension, and the opportunities for local and regional governments to take practical and where possible collective action against those inequalities.

HIC has contributed to the development of this report of UCLG’s Global Observatory on Local Democracy and Decentralization (GOLD).

For more info on the session

> Town Hall process

The UCLG Town Hall is the space for dialogue and interaction between different internationally organized civil society constituencies and the political leadership of the local and regional governments constituency to jointly define global policies. The subjects of the Town Hall are directly linked to UCLG’s Pact for the Future and its three axes (People, Planet and Government) and are the following: Caring systems; Climate and Culture; Global Commons and Trust in Government.

The Global Platform for the Right to the City is involved in this process. For more info, click here.

Looking forward to it!

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