The sixth edition of the Annual Retreat & Campus is taking place in Tangier, from 24 to 28 February 2020.
The 2020 Retreat is focusing on joint programming and the co-creation of the organization’s agenda in the localization decade..Special emphasis is being placed on building synergies through the Waves of Action and shaping the Local4Action Hub.
The first part of the week, Monday to Wednesday, is dedicated to the work of the different parts of the network, including specific workshops. Thursday and Friday includes the Annual meeting of the Global Taskforce, and the Presidency meeting to co-create the future we want.
The Retreat is the occasion to harness the power of our network and continue our work based on the collaboration and achievements of the last few years, as well as increase visibility and impact at all levels.
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Programme of the UCLG Annual Retreat and Campus
DAY 1: 24.02.2020 - Setting the Stage
DAY 2: 25 2.02.2020 - An Equality Driven Movement which Renews Democracy for All
DAY 3: 26.02.2020 - No Action without Localization!
DAY 4: 27.02.2020 - The Post-Congress era for members and partners
Day 5: 28.02.2020 - Leadership Day #CitiesAreListening
DAY 1: 24.02.2020 - Setting the Stage
The first day of the Retreat was the start to an All-UCLG internal conversation, through an open dialogue and workshops, building on the outcomes of the 2019 World Congress and World Summit in Durban, which consolidated the policies that the World Organization has been promoting within its strategic priorities.
“My aim is to strengthen UCLG 's external alliances; reinforce internal commitments and expand the network; and continue to shape a political agenda that helps local governments meet the challenges of our time.” Mohamed Boudra, President of UCLG, Mayor of Al-Hoceima, President of the Moroccan Association of Mayors (AMPCC)
The inauguration of the Local4Action Hub took place in the morning followed by the meeting of the Committee on Local Economic and Social Development which aligned with the 2020 Work plan and presented the 5th World Forum on Local Economic Development.
“As UCLG we must remind ourselves of the commitment towards human progress and the prosperity of humanity. Our mandate is to maintain, support, and develop cities and local governments” Thembisile Nkadimeng, Mayor of Polokwane, UCLG Co-President and President of SALGA
Throughout the day, our leadership set the scene and presented the Work Plan adopted in Durban, that places the 2030 Agenda at the heart of our actions, and all of the work areas of our World Organization presented their work for the year. Representatives from the Policy, Learning, Research, and Finance teams of the UCLG World Secretariat laid out their priorities for 2020, building on the heritage from Durban, and with an effort to synchronise all of the areas of the World Organization.
The afternoon continued with the presentation by the different UCLG thematic areas. In an almost all women panel, the need to change the narrative on migration, the transformation that the Right to the City brings at the local level, culture and its key role in the implementation of the global agendas, and the need to localize finance to achieve the global goals were among the key issues discussed. Public space and equal access to the city between genders was also among the topics discussed in the session, with a representative from Metropolis addressing the wave of action on public space.
“The Retreat is not only about the ideas that we share, but it is also about the people. We make the movement. This retreat, the first retreat after the Congress -- it needs to be about the people that make the movement.” Emilia Saiz, Secretary General of UCLG
Democracy, intergenerational dialogue, inequalities, the climate and migration emergencies will find a more prominent space in the agenda during 2020, and this first day of the Retreat has allowed us to set the stage for transforming the collaboration within our Network into synchronization, with parallel sessions on the World Forum on Violence and Territories of Peace, and meetings of the Working group on Territorial Prevention and Management of Crises.
We will come back tomorrow with more #UCLGMeets! Stay tuned!