This blog is a space for knowledge-sharing, opinion, advocacy and debate, both between UCLG members and the wider international local and regional government community. Contributions and comments are welcome from anyone who is interested in how sub-national governments can make the world a better place for their citizens.

Read on to discover the most varied, up-to-date and innovative initiatives of local governments and their partners from across the globe.

Pedro Strukelj
By Emilia Saiz, Secretary General of UCLG. It is important for the local administration to set itself up as a bastion of the aspirations of the communities, and for it to be the sentinel of the citizens' dreams. The future well-being of citizens depends on the development that is... (+)
The role of national associations of Municipalities in the transformation of the Brazilian Federation
local governments - 25/06/2019
By Glademir, Aroldi, President of the National Confederation of Municipalities of Brazil (CNM) and Vice President of FLACMA. The current moment in Brazil of a new elected government and political and economic debates brings to the forefront the importance of the national municipalist movement in the transformation of the Federation. My association, the National Confederation of Municipalities (CNM), the largest municipal representation body in Latin America, acts to guarantee the autonomy of local governments and strengthen municipal management. Over 39 years, the entity has made progress in the priority agenda and led the debate on the regulation of the federal pact. (+)
Local solutions for global Sustainable Development Goals
local governments - 30/04/2019
Our members have a fundamental role in ensuring that Sweden contributes to achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Two out of three SDGs require action at the local and regional level in order to be reached. (+)
Avec la Corée du Nord, une coopération à l’échelle locale
Local Governance - 14/01/2019
Par Philippe Pons.  L’initiative est pour le moins inattendue : établir des liens entre les gouvernements locaux d’un pays fermé et sous le joug d’un des régimes les plus répressifs de la planète avec leurs homologues à travers le monde. Tel est néanmoins l’objectif de la première mission d’information de l’organisation mondiale Cités et gouvernements locaux unis (CGLU), qui s’est rendue fin novembre 2018 en Corée du Nord. Créée en 2004, CGLU, qui rassemble 240 000 collectivités locales dans 140 Etats, vise à promouvoir une diplomatie des villes en encourageant le dialogue et la solidarité entre les collectivités locales. (+)
Inspiring debates at the YRN Autumn Plenary in Cascais 2018!
LocalizingSDGs, Youth - 03/12/2018
By Andrés Muñoz Rojo– Programmes' coordinator AER ( Assembly of European Regions). From 16 to 18 November 2018, the YRN had the great pleasure to celebrate its Autumn Plenary Meeting in the framework of the 2018 Cascais: European Youth Capital. The event brought together young representatives from various regional youth councils and parliaments in Europe to discuss hot topics at the top of the EU Agenda in the beautiful municipality of Cascais (PO).  (+)
By  Esteban Leon – Chief a.i. Risk Reduction Unit Head, City Resilience Profiling Programme (CRPP) UN-Habitat. Urbanisation continues to be the defining megatrend of our time and shows no sign of slowing down. While cities can be centres of innovation, growth, and prosperity, if poorly managed they can quickly become the backdrop for increased inequalities and unsustainable practices, and even a detriment to life. (+)