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United Cities and Local Governments

United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) is an umbrella organisation for cities, local governments and municipal associations throughout the world. United Cities and Local Governments was founded in 2004, when the existing local government organisations - the International Union of Local Authorities (IULA), the United Towns Organisations (UTO) and Metropolis – united their respective global networks of cities and national associations of local governments in a single organisation.(FCMU) . United Cities and Local Governments' headquarter, the World Secretariat, is based in Barcelona, Spain. UCLG is the largest local government organisation in the world and understands itself as the united voice and world advocate of democratic local self-government, de facto representing over half the world’s population, the cities and association members of UCLG are present in over 120 UN Member States across seven world regions:

Africa (UCLGAfrica), Asia-Pacific (UCLG-ASPAC), Europe (CEMR), Eurasia (UCLG EuroAsia), Middle East and West Asia (UCLG MEWA), Latin America (FLACMA),and North America (UCLG North America). UCLG has also a dedicated "regional" Section for large metropolitan Areas, Metropolis.

Over 1.000 cities are direct members of United Cities and Local Governments, as well as 112 national associations which represent all the cities and local governments in their respective countries. Members vary, from small cities to national local governments associations and regional associations.

Its president for 2007/08 is Mayor Bertrand Delanoe (Paris) and its vice presidents are the mayors Zhang Guangning (Guangzhou), Amos Masondo (Johannesburg), Paco Moncayo (Quito), Kadir Topbaş (Istanbul). The elected treasurer Clarence E. Anthony, Mayor of (South Bay).

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