The United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) is a worldwide association of local governments and the officially recognised voice of local governments by the United Nations. UCLG was established on 1 January 2004 and is headquartered in Barcelona, Spain. UCLG is an amalgamation of International Union of Local Authorities (IULA), United Towns Organisation (UTO), and World Association of the Major Metropolises (METROPOLIS) set up in Ghent (Belgium) in 1913, in Aix-les-Bains (France) in 1957 and in Paris (France) in 1985, respectively.

Following this unification, UCLG ASPAC was established in Taipei on 14 April 2004, as the new entity of IULA ASPAC. UCLG ASPAC’s Secretariat is hosted by Jakarta Provincial Government. UCLG ASPAC is the largest regional section of UCLG. It has linkages to more than 7,000 cities and local governments and represents well over 3.76 billion people – more than half of the world population – and incorporates economically fast developing countries such as China, India, and Indonesia.

UCLG ASPAC is the key knowledge management hub on local government issues in the Asia-Pacific region. It promotes democratic local government, supports cooperation between cities, local governments and their associations, and facilitates programmes, network and partnerships to develop the capacity of local governments and the associations. Moreover, UCLG ASPAC represents local governments politically within the international community, and with the United Nations and its agencies. It also promotes inclusive societies which safeguard equality, social and economic justice, and sustainable community development.

The Mayors Challenge is a signature programme of Bloomberg Philanthropies. It aims to help city halls test and strengthen good ideas, and then help those ideas spread to other cities. COVID-19 has pushed mayors to the frontlines of pandemic responses and highlighted the need for cities to innovate. Given the current climate, this year’s Mayors Challenge is designed to reach more cities than ever before.

Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Centre for Public Impact (CPI) are seeking the support of trusted partners to assist in conducting direct outreach to city leaders in service of the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge.

In this connection, UCLG ASPAC is recruiting two (2) persons of the Alumni Interns of UCLG ASPAC with a short time service contract for Mayors Challenge Project to work under the supervision of the Bureau of Secretary-General.

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