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World leaders, mayors warn of urbanization crisis  
Barcelona, 13 Sept 04
The Second World Urban Forum opened in Barcelona on Monday with warnings from world leaders and mayors that rapid urbanization was one of the greatest challenges facing humanity in the new Millennium.
African mayors meet in Lagos  
Lagos, 12 May 04
The first New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Cities Forum organized by UN-HABITAT opened in Lagos, Nigeria on Tuesday with a clarion call on African cities representated by some 300 delegates to promote sustainable economic growth and regional integration.
The 4th Forum of Local Authorities of Porto Alegre  
Barcelona, 7 May 04
The 4th Forum of Local Authorities of Porto Alegre was launched in Barcelona on Friday with over a thousand mayors attending from around the world.
United Cities and Local Governments organization launched in Paris  
Paris, 2 May 04
The President of France, Jacques Chirac, the President of Portugal, Jorge Sampaio, the Mayor of Paris, Bertrand Delanoë, and over 2000 delegates including mayors and councilors from around the world witnessed the launch of the Founding Congress of the United Cities and Local Governments today.
AGRED – a new advisory group for promoting decentralisation  
Gatineau, 17 Mar 04
UN-HABITAT’s Executive Director, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka, has established an Advisory Group of Experts on Decentralisation (AGRED) to guide the international dialogue on decentralisation and provide advice on strengthening local authorities around the world.
Local Authorities present Lyon Declaration to Kofi Annan  
Geneva, 15 Dec 03
Local Authorities presented a new declaration to UN-Secretary General, Kofi Annan, aimed at enhancing the partnership between local governments and the United Nations during the World Summit on Information Society (WSIS) last week.
Local Authorities met in Lyon on the Information Society  
, 8 Dec 03
Lyon's Senator-Mayor, Mr. Gérard Collomb, told the World Summit of Cities and Local Authorities that local authorities had a critical role to play in bridging the digital divide between north and south.
Africities mayors pledge better urban services  
Yaoundé, 8 Dec 03
Mayors and local government officials from across Africa at the weekend concluded the Third Africities Summit in Yaoundé, Cameroon, with a pledge to work harder and cooperate more closely to provide better urban services to millions of citizens living in slums and informal settlements.
African Union pledges backing for mayors in drive to alleviate urban poverty  
, 4 Dec 03
President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique pledged his support for a new decentralisation drive by mayors across Africa so that rapidly growing towns and cities can get better service delivery of water, sanitation, electricity and other essential municipal services.
Third Africities Summit opens in Cameroon  
, 2 Dec 03
Mayors from across Africa gathered in Yaoundé, Cameroon today for the Third Africities Summit of local authorities seeking to redress the continent's myriad urban problems and rapidly growing slums.
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