The 2nd World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders and the 4th Congress of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) was recently held in Rabat.
Through its programme Med-O-Med, the Islamic Culture Foundation participated in the Congress with a stand, in which we have display our areas of work and projects in Morocco, a country where we have a substantial presence mostly thanks to our delegation office in Rabat.
This Congress was affected by the economic crisis and the reduced financial resources of local governments, facts that compel us to design new alternatives of development for our territories, from a spirit of solidarity and sustainability in all cases.
The topic chosen for the Summit was ‘Imagine society, build democracy’, which refers to the necessary and continuous dialogue with other political players – international organisations, development agencies, experts and professionals –, as well as civil society organisations in order to analyse and assess the development goals achieved and jointly define new priorities.
The topic chosen for the Summit was ‘Imagine society, build democracy’, which refers to the necessary and continuous dialogue with other political players.
Similarly, the Congress promoted debates and exchanges on various subjects such as improvement of living conditions, managing diversity, solidarity among towns and regions, and urban design of the future. Besides, the vision and agenda of cities and regions for the 21st century will be set out by means of specific local solutions and actions in response to global challenges (think global, act local).
For all those reasons, the Summit provided an opportunity to mobilise a large number of policy-makers at local, regional, national and global level, encouraging participants to work towards a more dynamic, participative and interactive model.