11th Ibero-American Forum of Local Governments to gather more than 20 cities and major municipality networks

Madrid, 23 October. On 7 November, Madrid is hosting the 11th Ibero-American Forum of Local Governments. More than 20 cities have already confirmed their participation, as well as the main municipality networks in the region. This forum will be the prelude to the 26th Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government, to be held in Antigua, Guatemala, on 16 and 17 November.

Framed within the 2nd World Forum on Urban Violence (5 to 8 November) and the 20th World Council of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the Ibero-American Forum will be a space for dialogue gathering global governments and municipality networks from Latin America with the aim of developing joint agreements in relation to the commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in urban environments, where most of the population in the region live.

Accordingly, the Forum Declaration will focus on the need for greater autonomy and more resources for local governments, so that they can attain their goals and increase their participation in global decision making, being as they are closer to citizens’ emergencies and demands.

In Ibero-America, local governments are leading the way in the implementation of new global agendas at the local level. Moreover, they are determined to strengthen their political and technical capabilities for local action to be considered one of the pillars of transformation, while making headway towards equality, cohesion, citizen participation, coexistence in peace, and the sustainability promoted by the 17 SDGs.

The final commitment reached by consensus at the forum will be submitted to the Ibero-American Summit of Heads of State and Government via the Ibero-American General Secretariat (SEGIB). It will include a joint action plan to strengthen the capabilities of local governments and increase their participation in the processes mentioned above. In addition, the proposal to establish a Permanent Technical Secretariat for the Ibero-American Forum of Local Governments will be discussed to ensure the continuity of the Forum’s efforts.

In addition to Ibero-American city delegations, the Ibero-American Forum of Local Governments will welcome the representatives of SEGIB, the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), the Union of Ibero-American Capital Cities (UCCI), the Latin American Federation of Cities, Municipalities and Local Government Associations (FLACMA), Mercociudades, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), and the Euro-Latin American Cooperation Alliance Between Cities and Local Governments (AL-LAs).