MDGs failed to address Urbanization: 

"I am not an NGO. I represent elected women from Africa and the world. Today though, for REFFELA and UCLG, we need to register as NGOs to be able to talk before you. We need however to understand the great opportunities that resourced local governance can offer" Fatimetou  Mint Abdel Malick

On the occasion of the interactive panel taking place at the Commission on the Status of women from 10 to 21 March in United Nations Headquarters, New-York, UCLG’s representative has been invited to address the States on the topic of the panel: ”accountability and participation of women and girls for implementation of the MDGs”.

Ms. Fatimetou Mint Abdel Malick, Mayor of Tevragh-Zeina, Mauritania and President of REFELA (network of local elected women in Africa), stressed the importance of addressing the specific needs of women and girls in the framework of the MDG’s review and Post-2015 development agenda.

She further noted with disappointment that not enough attention was given to the key role of local governance as basic environment to promote development and equity and calling on States to ensure local authorities are provided with the legal, technical and financial capacities to implement local gender-responsive policies.