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Second World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments

Second World Assembly Of Local And Regional Governments

Local leaders call for decentralization, financing for cities and the feminization of politics at Habitat III

On 16th October 2016, on the eve of the Third UN Conference of Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III), over 600 representatives of local and regional governments gathered in Quito for the World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments to celebrate the adoption of the New Urban Agenda and to commit to play their part in its achievement.
The need for progress in decentralization and local self-governance was a strong theme at the Assembly, with the Mayors of Montreal, Medellín, and Mexico all calling for increased autonomy to allow local and regional governments to deal with new global challenges, arguing powerfully that local democracy is the strongest foundation of sustainable development.
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