UCLG is convinced that communities in which all citizens are empowered to participate in social, economic and political opportunities are instrumental in the eradication of poverty.
Achievements of the MDGs, in particular those related to women’s advancement are often linked with the quality of basic service provision that local governments are able to offer. In an increasingly urbanising world, the development agenda will need to address Gender-Sensitive Local Governance and Sustainable Urbanization if the expectations expressed by citizens around the world are to be met.
Increased collaboration between grassroots women, locally elected women, UN Agencies and other development actors will be instrumental to bridge the challenges of inequalities and new types of poverty that urban dwellers, and in particular slum dwellers, will need to deal with.
Elected women representatives that contribute to the work of UCLG Women, including the networks of elected women of Latin America REDAMUGOL, of Africa REFFELA, and of Metropolis, would like to stress that at least four notions will need to be included in the new development agenda and will contribute to greater empowerment of women and the achievements of the MDGs.