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<< Back to: ICLEI e-News | issue 11, December 2007 - January 2008

ICLEI ExCom Ex-Officio Member Masondo appointed as a UCLG co-president

Mr. Amos Masondo, Executive Mayor of Johannesburg (South Africa) and Ex-Officio Member of ICLEI’s Executive Committee, was appointed to represent Africa as one of the co-presidents of the United Cities and Local Government (UCLG).

UCLG is the world body of cities and national associations of local governments.  Founded in 2004, UCLG counts 136 countries as members.  It is the voice of local government advocating for democratic local self-government.

Mr. Masondo will be part of a five-person presidency representing the five regions that constitute UCLG.  The other nominees are:
  • Mr. Bertrand Delanoe - Mayor of Paris representing the European region;
  • Mr. Paco Moncayo Gallegos - Mayor of Quito representing the Latin American region;
  • Mr. Kadir Topbas - Mayor of Istanbul representing the Middle Eastern region;
  • Mr. Zhang Guangning - Mayor of Guangzhou representing the Asia Pacific region; and
  • Mr. Clarence Anthony - Mayor of South Bay (U.S.A.) re-elected as Treasurer.

The announcement of Mr. Masondo’s nomination was made at the second UGLC World Congress, held from 28-31 October 2007 in Jeju, Korea. The UCLG World Congress, attended by nearly 2,000 local government representatives from all over the world, also updated the Jeju Declaration, which has a strong focus on climate change.

The final day of the Congress also saw the launch of UCLG’s Global Report on Decentralization and Local Democracy (GOLD), the world’s first study dedicated to decentralization.

ICLEI congratulates UCLG on its successful World Congress.  

For more information and the full text of the Jeju Declaration, please visit UCLG’s website at  www.cities-localgovernments.org/uclg/index.asp?pag=newsD.asp&L=EN&ID=211