Valuing Decentralised Cooperation within the Pact for the Future
The latest UCLG World Council approved the Pact for the Future (Daejon, October 2022) 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) 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 related to acknowledge 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 but for us to have a real impact, several conditions are to be met, that is: local autonomy, resources and strengthening of local democracy.
Eventually, 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.