The Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments is a coordination mechanism that brings together the major international networks of local governments to undertake joint advocacy. These efforts relate to international policy processes, particularly the climate change agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals and Habitat III.
UN-Habitat is the lead agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities, with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. UN-Habitat also has the specific mandate within the United Nations System to act as a focal point for local governments and their associations, supporting local and territorial governments as essential agents for development.
UNDP works in nearly 170 countries and territories, helping to achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. We help countries to develop policies, leadership skills, partnering abilities, institutional capabilities and resilience in order to sustain development results. UNDP also focuses its work on strengthening the inclusiveness and accountability of sub-national governments. It ensures they have the capacity to manage the opportunities and responsibilities created by decentralization and devolution. It also seeks to optimize their potential and role as development partners.
The genuine participation of all actors is a cornerstone of this initiative. We would be pleased to represent other voices, as we receive more contributions from these and other sectors.