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Report to UN75 on How Local and Regional Governments Envision the Global Future


On the occasion of the United Nations 75th anniversary, at a time of great challenge, the United Nations convened a global dialogue to discuss human priorities and how we can build a better future for all. The international municipal and regional movement, through the Global Taskforce facilitated by UCLG, joined the UN75 global conversation to ensure that the voices of cities and regions around the world are represented.

This is what we are sharing with the United Nations. Local and regional governments are willing to be a part of the future of the multilateral system and ensure that the future livelihoods of our communities are drivers of global policies, and that the dreams and expectations of people all over the world truly shape actions and decisions. 

This platform is inspired by the report submitted to the United Nations in September 2020, it is a UCLG contribution to the process and it includes consultations and voices from the organizations part of the Global Taskforce.

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No One and No Place left behind

Launching the “Decade of Action”, and on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the UN, Secretary General Antonio Guterres issued a call to come together and accelerate action for all the people of the world.

In times in which our communities need us the most, we need to ensure that the visions of local and regional leaders, and the communities they serve, shape the global system. Local and regional governments and their associations pledged to join the conversation on multilateralism, holding consultations on the future of our planet.


We need to bring about a next generation of multilateralism that integrates local democracy at the core of peaceful societies.

The future we imagine in 2045 is one in which the sacrifices that are made now are in favour of the communities of the future. We will need to make it happen through inclusive co-creation with our communities and local and regional actors, and through full collaboration between all spheres of government. 

The report that our constituency of local and regional governments and their associations and networks gathered within the Global Taskforce is presenting is the result of the vision and the leadership of cities and regions from all over the world, who envision a world that leaves no one and no place behind in the recovery from the pandemic and that considers everyone in the decision-making process. 

“We are convinced that the SDG framework remains valid for transforming societies in a more sustainable way; and local and regional governments are ready to lead the debate on how to achieve this transformation. That is why, as President of UCLG, I am proud that we have responded to the call of the United Nations and the consultation on the future of multilateralism.”

Mohamed Boudra

Mayor of Al Hoceima and President of UCLG

“An inclusive urban future is necessary for resilience. The inequalities of our territories have been exacerbated in recent years, and it is  inclusive cities and regions the ones that can carry out a green and egalitarian transition, that respects human rights so the world after the pandemic leaves no one behind.”


Mayor of San José and Co-President of UCLG

“The coordination and cooperation of local governments with central governments is of great importance. In order to come out better of this process, we need this increased coordination for the sake of our communities.”

Uğur İbrahim Altay

Mayor of Konya and Co-President of UCLG

“We must harness the opportunity to frame the debate on how to strengthen multilateralism. The discussions on the recovery, on how to build back being mindful of the environment, of the increasing inequalities, of equal opportunities for all, need to include us as a sphere of government that is ready to contribute.”


Mayor of The Hague, President of VNG and Co-President of UCLG

“We have learned that no sphere of government can overcome these challenges alone. In 2045, the multilateral system will have changed to include local and regional governments in a shared community for prosperity.”


Mayor of Xi’an and Co-President of UCLG

“In 2045, I envision a new relationship between our society and the environment, built on the principles of solidarity between all urban settlements and territories as the living spaces of human values and actions: the true ecological transition.”


Mayor of Polokwane, President of SALGA and Co-President of UCLG

“We cannot exclude half of humanity from political decision-making. We know that equality can bring real added value to the future of all humanity and we are determined to change attitudes to achieve this.”


Mayor of Paris and Co-President of UCLG

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The Future starts in our communities

To reach true multilateral collaboration we need to move forward with the structural changes in the multilateral system in order to overcome the trends that characterize our world today.

The current outbreak has amplified how our current development model, in spite of the transformative efforts of the global development agendas, is stress testing our systems.

It will be up to cities, and local and regional governments and their associations to guide global actions in the aftermath, by learning and supporting each other as an interconnected worldwide system in order to lead the discussion with the communities on how our future, and the way we live, will be shaped.

Building On
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What we envision in 2045 is a more profound and restorative relationship between humanity and urbanization, between wellbeing and wellness of individual human beings at the community level as well as global harmony between all life forms on the planet. Within this context, local and regional governments and their associations will continue to bring legitimacy to the global agendas and will continue strengthening them from the ground-up by fostering their ownership as the closest level of government to the people and territories. 

The future of the international system in 2045 will be built on systems of cities, regions and communities based on solidarity and not competition, and thus allow the transition from a productive to a creative society.

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The transformation that our planet calls for needs to be driven by solidarity and will be owned by our communities and protected by their local and regional governments.

“In 2045: a decentralized world and a multilateral system with a true local-national dialogue, a strong participation of local communities in the international structure will strengthen further the drive towards obtaining future social contracts.”


Mayor of Ouagadougou and Vice-President of UCLG for Africa

“In 2045, we will have addressed many challenges that we are now more aware of. We need to ensure an accessible life for all, and the adequate means for even the most vulnerable facets of the population.”


Mayor of Surabaya, President of UCLG ASPAC Vice-President of UCLG for ASPC

“I imagine 2045 as a world in peace, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the end of WW2. I imagine an inter-urban and inter-regional system that will allow for new integration and bring everyone to the decision-making table.”


Head of the Republic of Sakha and Vice-President of UCLG for Euroasia

“On the way to the celebration of UN75, we have set global goals on the 2030 agenda – the SDGs. They are ambitious and every day we have taken action to ensure a better world for future generations, no one left behind and accountability and transparency.”


Mayor of Sala, President of SALAR and Vice-President of UCLG for Europe

“In 2045 I imagine a world without discrimination, and without inequalities. A world in which urban comprehensive planning is based in human rights, so leaving no-one behind is a reality.”

Mohamed Saadie

President of the Union of Dannieh Municipalities President of UCLG MEWA, Vice-President of UCLG for Middle East and West Asia

“By 2045, local governance with the active participation of communities will be the active subject of our policies towards sustainability.”

Christian di Candia

Mayor of Montevideo and Vice-President of UCLG for Latin America

“Really exciting to see so much unity throughout the world, I would like to commend the work done by the Networks. The countries that are managing this crisis better are those that have strong health systems and strong public services. We want to dialogue and work with you.”


Councillor of Halifax Regional Municipality and President of FCM, Vice-President of UCLG for North America

“In 2045, we envision a substantial structural shift would be a more feminized multilateralism, in which the other 50% of the population is fully integrated into the decision-making process.”


Mayor of Berlin, President of Metropolis and Vice-President of UCLG for Metropolis

“We need a planet where inclusive practices are an everyday thing, where multilevel cooperation is a reality, and the national governments understand that local and regional governments are fundamental to the implementation of all agreements at the international level.”


President of the Consortium of Provincial Autonomous Governments from Ecuador (CONGOPE) and Vice-President f UCLG for the Forum of Regions

“In 2045, the world will have understood that subsidiarity and and local self-governments as necessary for actions at all levels, and that the wants and needs of citizens need to be in all governance mechanisms.”


Mayor of Kitchener and UCLG Treasurery

“When we think about 2045, we envision a future in which local authorities are trailblazers, that were given the opportunity to change things! That we will live in a world that encourages good governance.”


Mayor of Iriga and UCLG Treasurery

“An inclusive urban future is necessary for resilience. Inequalities in our territories have been exaggerated in recent years, and it is inclusive cities and regions that can make a green, equitable, and human rights-respecting transition so that the world leaves no one behind by 2045.”


Mayor of Barcelona and UCLG Special Envoy to the UN

“By 2045, we will have responded to the need for a change in government culture. A co-governance with the citizens and with policies that recognize the well-being of all people as a fundamental axis to strengthen democracy.”


Mayor of Soria and Envoy to the New Urban Agenda

“Ensuring that the New Urban Agenda is an important part of UN work and ensuring direct advice from local government on matters related thereto will be critical for the development of sustainable cities.”


Mayor of Kazan and Chairperson of the United Nations Advisory Committee for Local Authorities (UNACLA)

Local and Regional Leaders Imagine the World in 2045:

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Co-creating the Future that We Want

Our unique position as the constituency of local and regional governments is one that harnesses inclusion and co-creation, one that embraces the structural shift needed to move us towards “community-driven multilateralism”.

Local and regional governments put citizens at the heart of governance, hence demonstrating that what we bring to the global table is inclusion and trust; two essential elements of leaving no one and no place behind.

“Local and regional governments are already working day-to-day as a part of the multilateral system. We know of the benefits of collaboration and city diplomacy. We need to continue this path of transformation towards 2045.”


Permanent Secretary of the International Association of Francophone Mayors AIMF

“2045 is the pivotal moment by which the world must have achieved carbon neutrality, which is the condition to maintaining global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees by the end of the century. That’s why the next decades must focus on inclusive and equitable climate action that will not only help save human life on this planet but also make it more just, equitable, and fair for its inhabitants.”


“Towards 2045, as we have done during this pandemic, LRGs must be at the forefront. Decentralisation and local leadership must be the new normal, and we need to strengthen the territorial approach to development. LRGs must enable, resilient and responsive local economies, inclusive of all.”


President of the Botswana Association of Local Authorities (BALA), Chairperson of the Commonwealth Local Government Forum

“In 2045, transformation of humanity to a low-emission, resilient, nature-based, circular, and people-centered development should be materialized in all cities and regions of the world. The UN75 should be the moment to turn the tide for global sustainability by enhancing multilevel collaboration in addressing COVID-19 pandemic, responding to climate emergency and drafting a deal for nature.”


Secretary General of ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

“We want to celebrate the fact that solidarity is included in the report especially in times of crisis! We should not use it only as a symbolic statement but to highlight the need of mutual collaboration.”


Lord Mayor of Mannheim, Chair of the Global Parliament of Mayors

“The world in 2045 will have a global and integrated vision of sustainable development: with non-state actors and corporations being a part, and with a strong focus on partnerships between territories to leave no-one and no place behind.”


Secretary General of ORU-FOGAR

“Shared decision-making and meaningful participation of non-state stakeholders are key for the UN in 2045. The future of global cooperation must include regional governments as catalysers of action to halt biodiversity loss, raise climate adaptation ambition, and achieve sustainable societies.”


Regions4 Secretary General

“At global and European levels, inclusive governance mechanisms should ensure the participation of local and regional governments and their national associations. Giving them a seat at the table would allow them to better mobilise capacity, expertise and solidarity to ensure resilient societies for 2045.”


President of Emilia Romagna Region, President of CEMR Italian Section (AICCRE), President of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)

“It is critical to rethink development cooperation and recognise the key role decentralised cooperation plays to be able to move forward in a sustainable and inclusive way from the COVID19 crisis. By engaging with peers, citizens and all stakeholders across the globe, we will achieve the world we envision by 2045.”


“In 2045, local governments will have a fundamental role as centers of innovation for political and social transformation, and will be responsible for generating new models of consumption, ideas, and behaviors to restore trust, solidarity, and honesty.”


Director General of the Union of ibero-american Capital Cities

Time for action is now

The moment to establish a governance model based on making decisions following patterns of collaboration and not competition. More than ever, as the pandemic has shown, local and regional governments are key to achieving sustainable development. This is the moment to establish a governance model that enables decision-making based on multi-level collaboration among all spheres of government. The most genuine example is the 2030 Agenda. After all, the greatest global challenges defined in the SDGs must be implemented at territorial and local level where citizens can be part of the change.

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Post-COVID Era: we know our cities and territories will never be the same.

In the COVID-19 pandemic context, a time of unprecedented and universal challenges we, local and regional governments around the world, are at the forefront of the efforts to overcome these proving times as allies of other spheres of government, of the scientific community, and as global actors with important transformational and convening power.

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The future that we want needs to consider all of our voices. Join us, and enter the global conversation on the future that our communities need.

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The world answers the call

To truly bring the voices from the entire municipal movement to the Report we have gone beyond holding a global consultation Consultations throughout all world regions were held, as well as a Metropolitan consultation and one held by the sister networks from the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments allowing to bring the voices from all corners of the world, cities of all sizes, and voices from the entire constituency, to the global conversation.