The 2014 UCLG Executive Bureau was held in Liverpool on 19 June 2014. Major decisions included choosing Paris as the host city for the 2015 UCLG Executive Bureau, this will coincide with the COP 21 meeting in December next year and Bilbao was chosen as the host of the first Culture Committee Summit in 2015.

UCLG ASPAC was a strong participator at the Executive Bureau. Highlights were the progress of Haikou’s preparation for the World Council in November and the submission of Guangzhou’s Award that reached more than 200 applicants, with the award ceremony to be held following the World Council.

Understanding the Asia-Pacific focus on disaster management and preparedness, UCLG ASPAC joined the Task Force (Working Group) on Local Government Disaster Management, created under the Development Cooperation and City Diplomacy Committee. It will act as UCLG’s ‘constituency’ on local government disaster management affairs. The Task Force is initially made up of representatives of VNG, FCM, CUF and UMT, the city of Istanbul and UCLG MEWA.

The Executive Bureau focused the agenda on Local and Regional Governments in International Policy, and requested the World Secretariat to continue listening to the voices of local governments in the international negotiations for Post-2015 Agenda.

A webpage has been launched where the online discussions are taking place and is facilitated by CLGF, as a representative of the Global Task Force (GTF). The GTF has nominated two representatives to participate in the Advisory Board of the Global consultation: HE Ghassan W.Shakaa, Mayor of Naplus and President of APLA, and Bernadia Tjandradewi, Secretary General of UCLG ASPAC. To join the online discussions (available until July) on the consultation page of the World We Want, please click:

In conjunction with the Executive Bureau, the Global City Leaders Summit was also held on 18 June with more than 200 city and regional leaders of local governments attending. As cities are the engines of growth and greatly contribute to the national economy, city leaders play a crucial role in creating an attractive business climate for investment, while delivering the best economic and sustainable future for their constituency.