July 02, 2020     cib    

A first online Executive Bureau meeting took place on the 28th and 29th of May, with special attention for the work of UCLG and its members in the COVID-19 crisis and on the way out of the pandemic. After an opening speech of the director of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Mayor of Rome, who would have hosted the physical Executive Bureau meeting, spoke to the audience about the challenges and opportunities of the crisis, opening the way to the presentation of the UCLG Decalogue for the post-COVID-19 era and a broader discussion on this topic.

Renewal of consultation mechanisms
The Statutory Affairs Committee of UCLG announced that it will soon launch a renewal process of the leadership of the consultation mechanisms of UCLG (policy councils, working groups, committees – see PowerPoint attached to this email). Does your Mayor or leadership want to become more involved in the UCLG organisation? Please get in touch with UCLG (UCLGExBu UCLGExBu@uclg.org)

Other important files and news
The Executive Bureau also discussed the UN75-consultation which is ongoing. UCLG has prepared a position paper on behalf of its constituency – this is now under validation of the UCLG regional sections and their members. Furthermore, the UCLG world secretariat gave more background information on the newly launched Local4Actionhubs (see pdf-file attached to this document) and how to become involved.

Follow-up meeting with secretariats of working groups and committees
On June 12th the UCLG World Secretariat organised a follow-up meeting with all the secretariats of consultation mechanisms, including the CIB secretariat, to stress certain elements of the Executive meeting and UCLG work plan 2020, including the aforementioned renewal process. The first part of the meeting was dedicated to ensuring that all consultation mechanisms are aligned with the priorities of the World Organization in the light of the COVID-pandemic, how they envisage the rest of the year and how all parts of the network can synchronize in the most efficient way to carry out the work plans and priorities. Emilia Sáiz, the Secretary General of UCLG, stressed that since the pandemic started and led to lock-down situations in many countries of the world, the World Organization has focused (even more) on answering its membership demands and strengthening the cohesion of the network. We furthermore discussed the Local4ActionHubs.