Mpho Parks Tau was elected President of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the world’s largest organisation of local government associations, on 15 October 2016 at the UCLG World Summit in Bogota (Colombia).
Mpho Parks Tau, who is also the President of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA
) and councillor of Johannesburg (South Africa), won the election against the mayor of Kazan (Russia), Ilsur Metshin, by 103 votes to 42, for a mandate of three years.
The first African President of UCLG
, Mpho Parks Tau is a strong believer in local democracy as a driver for development. During a speech he gave to the UCLG general assembly just a day before the election, Parks Tau told them: “I am confident that, with the support of all of you, UCLG will become the gate keeper of a world of solidarity, justice, respect for human rights and dignity for all.”
Replacing mayor of Istanbul Kadir Topbas at the head of UCLG, Mpho Parks Tau will be representing over 240,000 towns and cities and 175 local government associations worldwide. He will be defending their interests at major global milestones, such as the Paris agreement on Climate Change, the New Urban Agenda (Habitat III) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
President Parks Tau takes the lead of UCLG with a team of mayors from all around the world. Here are the people who will be joining him:
- Mayor of Guangzhou (China), Wen Guohui
- Mayor of Quito (Ecuador), Mauricio Rodas
- Mayor of Strasbourg (France), Roland Ries
- Mayor of Barcelona (Spain), Ada Colau
- Mayor of Konya (Turkey), Tahir Akyürek
- Mayor of Paris (France) and President of UCLG Standing Committee on Gender Equality, Anne Hidalgo
- Mayor of Kitchener (Canada), Berry Vrbanovic
- Mayor of Rabat (Morocco), Mohamed Sadiki