UCLG Mobilises Local Governments to National Action Ahead of the MDGs Summit in September

[20 July 2010] -- The United Nations will hold a high-level plenary meeting on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 20-22 September 2010 at UN headquarters in New York.

In preparation for the meeting, an MDG Summit Outcome Document is being negotiated daily until the end of July by national government representatives in New York.While the MDG Summit Outcome Document recommends a number of actions in areas where it can be argued that local governments should hold greater responsibility, the references to local governments are disappointingly few. To see the report, please click here.

United Cities and Local Governments calls upon its members to write to national governments requesting that they give serious attention to the role of local and regional governments in writing their national MDG report, and asking them to consider our proposed amendments which focus on the areas of local ownership, the importance of governance and the cultural dimension of the MDGs. 

With a view to the September summit, UCLG will also call upon local and regional authorities to engage in a global mobilisation for the achievement of the MDGs.

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