Valuing decentralised cooperation within the Pact for the Future

2 noviembre 2022

The value of decentralised cooperation is acknowledged in the Pact for the Future adopted at the latest UCLG World Council in Daejon in October 2022, thanks to a motion submited by Diputació de Barcelona (Barcelona Provincial Council – DIBA) and supported by several PLATFORMA partners.

The Pact for the Future is presented as the political contribution of local governments to multilateralism. As the document indicates, humanity faces challenges and transformations never imagined before. Local and regional governments are committed to ensure the quality of life of citizens and to build just and inclusive societies. We can also, via our concerted action, ease necessary transformations ensuring the preservation of the planet in all its dimensions for present and future generations.

In this regard, the World Council unanimously adopted a motion submitted by Diputació de Barcelona (Barcelona Provincial Council – DIBA) with the support of Barcelona City Council, Bogota, Chefchaouen, Conseil Général de l’Aude, Cuenca (Equator), CUF, FAMSI, FEMP, Mexico City, Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, Montevideo and VNG.

The core of the motion acknowledged the value of decentralised cooperation in achieving the objectives of the Pact from an instrumental and strategic approach. Considering that we are moving forward in a context where decentralised cooperation evolves, it is also being questioned.

Decentralised cooperation is framed within global agendas and yet for us to have a real impact, several conditions are to be met, that is: local autonomy, resources and strengthening of local democracy.

This motion complemented and reinforced the motion presented by VNG regarding the policy document on decentralised cooperation which was also approved by the UCLG World Council.

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