Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments [UCLG Decalogue]


The Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments (GTF) is the coordination and consultation mechanism bringing together the major international networks of local and regional governments worldwide, to undertake joint advocacy related to global policy processes and amplify the voice of local governments in international policy making processes. Its very existence represents a landmark achievement for the international municipal movement. Local and regional governments are the only UN non-state stakeholder to have a mechanism such as the GTF, to develop and coordinate inputs into global policy processes. The GTF convenes elected local and regional leaders from around the world in the World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments, the review and follow-up mechanism of the New Urban Agenda acknowledged within the Quito Outcome document itself. It has further endeavored to secure spaces of dialogue among spheres of government for the constituency of local and regional governments. The Local and Regional Governments’ Forum in the framework of the UN High Level Political Forums, and our role in the renewal of UN-Habitat, are a testament to our commitment towards the transformation of multilateralism.


Resilient Cities Network
Mayors Migration Council
UCLG Eurasia
UCLG Regions
UCLG Africa
Cités Unies France
ORU Fogar
C40 Cities
Global Parliament of Mayors


Local and regional governments and their associations
Local communities
The international community


Since its launch the Global Taskforce has: - Successfully campaigned for the inclusion of a stand-alone goal on sustainable urbanization in the 2030 Agenda (SDG 11 on Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements) - Made proposals to drive the localization of the implementation and monitoring of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) - Achieved the recognition of the World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments in the New Urban Agenda - Called for adequate local financing of the 2030 Agenda at the Addis Ababa Conference on Development Financing - Showcased the ways in which local governments are leading from the bottom-up to address the urgent threat of climate change at the Conference of the Parties - Opened spaces for transformation for our constituency within the HLPF and the context of the renewal of UN-Habitat In this year of mid-term review of the SDGs, we renew our resolve to fulfil the targets, actions and commitment of the 2030 Agenda and the principles enshrined in it, including to leave no one behind. As we reaffirm our commitment to actively contribute to the acceleration of the 2030 Agenda, we underline the central role for local and regional governments in advancing sustainable development, working in synergistic relationships across the rural-urban continuum. We note that an estimated 65% of SDG targets must be implemented in urban areas with engagement of local and regional governments. As we welcome the final report of the UN High-Level Advisory Board on Effective Multilateralism, A Breakthrough for People and Planet, whose six transformative shifts stress the importance of rebuilding trust in multilateralism and of broad representation of all spheres of government, we reaffirm our commitment to a revitalized multilateral system that is inclusive, networked and anchored in human rights for all. Such a renewed multilateral system must build on localization, local democracy and strengthened local self-government as a means to ensure peace, unity and trust in our institutions and to build a new social contract, with co-responsibility and active participation of all citizens at the centre of global governance.

Additional information

GTF's statement to the 2023 HLPF: GTF's seventh report on SDG localization for the 2023 HLPF:

Goal 11
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
Goal 17
Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development


GTF's seventh "Towards the localization of the SDGs" report to the High-Level Political Forum

Financing (in USD)