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Urban GLASS

Govening with the citizen

Transparent and accountable local government for sustainable cities

Urban GLASS (Global-Local Accountability Support System) supports local government in preventing and fighting corruption in urban management by promoting transparent, accountable and participatory cities.

Governance
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We want to contribute to strengthening urban governance, local democracy and to create transparent and accountable cities. 

Governance

We want to contribute to strengthening urban governance, local democracy and to create transparent and accountable cities. 

Public Policy
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We identify factors of risk and success in the implementation of local policies on transparency, accountability and citizen participation in city management.

Policy assesments

We identify factors of risk and success in the implementation of local policies on transparency, accountability and citizen participation in city management.

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We facilitate the exchange of experiences in the fight against corruption in urban development, globally.

Networking

We facilitate the exchange of experiences in the fight against corruption in urban development, globally.

Trust
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We promote the creation of trust in the public sector capacity to deliver; fighting informality and unequal access to basic services.


Trust

We promote the creation of trust in the public sector capacity to deliver; fighting informality and unequal access to basic services.


Knowledge
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We generate data and knowledge about open government policies at local level.

Knowledge

We generate data and knowledge about open government policies at local level.

Innovation
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We support the development of pilot apps on the use of SMART technologies for transparent urban management.

Innovation

We support the development of pilot apps on the use of SMART technologies for transparent urban management.

Participation
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We seek to involve social, economic actors as well as citizens in the fight against corruption and the creation of more open and transparent cities.

Participation

We seek to involve social, economic actors as well as citizens in the fight against corruption and the creation of more open and transparent cities.

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Bringing together Sustainable Development Goals 11 and 16 to effectively implement the Global Agenda at local level.

Global Agenda 2030

Bringing together Sustainable Development Goals 11 and 16 to effectively implement the Global Agenda at local level.

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United Nations Human Settlement Programme

UN-Habitat works closely with local governments and their associations in achieving sustainable urban development, local democracy and urban governance. UN-Habitat acts as a focal point for local governments, including metropolitan, regional, and other territorial government levels. 

FEMP
Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces

National association that represents the interests of more than 8.000 local government in Spain. Internationally, FEMP is active in Europe, Latin America and the Mediterranean area, cooperating in strengthening local institutions, providing the experience accumulated from the Spanish local governments on decentralization, governance and local autonomy.

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Uraía Platform

A joint project by UN-Habitat and FMDV. Uraía means “Citizenship” in Swahili language. The Platform was created in 2014 with the objective to support local governments in taking the maximum advantage of the advantage of SMART technologies for city management, especially regarding municipal finances, public services/ infrastructure; transparency and accountability.

The Platform brings together more than 100, including 60 cities and their partners (networks of local government, technology providers, research institutes, international organizations, civil society, etc.).

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Global Fund for the Development of Cities

is the Alliance of local and regional governments on financing for territorial actions and local economic development. FMDV provides solutions and expertise to create and implement the enabling environment, appropriate conditions and mechanisms allowing local and regional governments’ access to the necessary resources to fund their urban development strategies.

UCLG MEWA
United Cities and Local Governments - Middle East and West Asia Section

The vision of UCLG - MEWA is to be the united voice and world advocate of democratic local self-government, promoting its values, objectives and interests, through cooperation between local governments, and within the wider international community.

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Commonwealth Local Government Forum

CLGF works to promote and strengthen democratic local government across the Commonwealth and to encourage the exchange of best practice – through conferences and events, technical assistance projects and research.

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United Nations Anti-corruption Convention, Conference of the Parties, Vienna, 6 - 10th November 2017

Urban GLASS will support the participation of Mayors and local government during the debate on progress of the United Nations Convention against corruption.

The Convention's far-reaching approach and the mandatory character of many of its provisions make it a unique tool for developing a comprehensive response to a global problem. Every two years, member states meet in Vienna to support countries  and signatories in their implementation of the Convention, to improve capacity and to enhance cooperation among the parties. 

A side event untitled “Fighting corruption in cities: identifying risks and reacting on time, the role of local governments” will take place on November 9th, co-organised with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime and the Austrian Association of cities and towns.

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Hangzhou statement on the occasion of the International Anti-corruption Day, 9th December 2017

The UN General Assembly declared 9th December as International Anti-Corruption Day, to be observed annually. The objective of this Day is to create awareness about the negative effects of corruption and the need to prevent and fight it. 

With the aim of reaffirming this commitment, several local government networks endorsed the Paris Statement during the 2016 International Anti-corruption Day observance that took place at the Paris City Council during the Open Government Partnership Summit hosted by the Government of France.

This year, the undersigned local, regional governments and their associations would like to renew the commitment to work towards more transparent, accountable and participatory cities and territories by endorsing the following joint statement on the occasion of the International Anti-corruption Day of 9th December of 2017.

The document is now opened for discussion and endorsement by cities, local and territorial governments and their associations.

You can download the text HERE

 For more information, contact us at governance @ unhabitat.org

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Commonwealth Local Government Conference, Malta 21 - 24th November 2017

The theme of the 2017 CLGF conference is "Fit for the future: capacity and resources for effective local government".

Urban GLASS will organize a Working group session on “Transparency and accountability as tools to empower local governments”. This session will look at how transparency and accountability are elements that make local government stronger and enable them to better deliver public services and increase local governance. 

Specific objectives

1)      To create awareness about how developing transparency policies at local level is an instrument to empower local governments and enable them to deliver better.

2)      To identify elements that needs to be part of those local policies.

3)      To identify innovative solutions that local governments are already using to improve transparency and accountability in urban management.

4)      To identify success factors and risks in implementing local policies on transparency, accountability and citizen participation in city management. 

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Transparent and accountable cities: innovative solutions for municipal management and finance


Urban GLASS - Governing with the citizen was officially launched during the Uraia Platform annual event  (2017 Citizenship series) in collaboration with Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP) and the Global Fund for the development of cities (FMDV). It gathered more than 100 participants between representatives of local governments and their partners, network of cities, civil society and international organizations, service providers as well as the private sector.
 

The workshop offered an opportunity for cities to discover available SMART solutions that can have a significant impact on transparency and better communication with the citizen.  The full report of the activity can be downloaded HERE

United corruption EN
Paris statement in ocasion of the United Nations Anti-corruption Day

The United Nations General Assembly designated 9th of December as the International Anti-corruption Day, observed annually. In 2016, cities and local government networks endorsed the "Paris statement" coinciding with the Mayors roundtable during the Open Government Partnership Summit at the Paris City Council. The document was endorsed by 10 local government networks, firmly rejecting all forms of corruption and calling for local and regional governments all over the world to renew their belief in the principles of transparency, accountability and good governance. 

The full text of the Paris statement and the list of endorsing institutions can be found HERE.

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Mayor's roundtable at the Open Government Partnership Summit 2016

Urban GLASS and its partners (UCLG, FEMP and FMDV) organized a Mayors' Roundtable at the Paris City Council within the framework of the Open Government Summit, hosted by the Government of France. With the title “The responsibility of local governments in ensuring open government, the speakers included David Lucas, Mayor of Mostoles, representing the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces;  Florah Maboa Boltman, Mayor of Govan Mbeki, representing the South Africa Local Government Association; Allan Rellon, Mayor of Tagum City representing the League of Cities of the Philippines  and the Nina Khatiskatsi, Deputy Mayor of Tbilisi (Georgia) representing the Subnational Program of the Open Government Partnership.

Panelists and participants commented on challenges and opportunities to bring openness to local public management and to rebuild the social contract between the people and those running public affairs. 

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2016 International Anti-corruption Conference

Urban-GLASS supported the presence of Mayors at the 17th International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC) that took place in Panama from 1 -4th December 2016. Organized by Transparency International, the  IACC is the world’s premier global forum for bringing together heads of state, civil society, the private sector and more to tackle the increasingly sophisticated challenges posed by corruption. 

The local government delegation, organised together with United Cities and Local Government (UCLG) was composed by Carlos Martinez, Mayor of Soria, representing the Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces (FEMP), Darrell Bradley, Mayor of Belize, representing the Commonwealth Local Government Forum and Héctor Darío Pérez, Mayor of San Pedro de los Milagros, representing the Federation of Colombian Municipalities.

Urban GLASS organised a session with the title Building trust at local level: The role of transparency in local government to promote citizen participation in public affairs. The debate raised  the need to develop and promote local policies and initiatives of transparency and accountability to improve the living conditions of citizens through the provision of efficient and effective services in an open, competitive and fair manner. These policies and initiatives are essential to increase the levels of trust in public institutions and they are an opportunity for citizens to have the tools and information needed in order to play a more active role in local management.

Global Challenges
New approaches for citizen participation and transparency, Montreal Metropolis Congress

Urban GLASS moderated the session "New approaches for citizen participation and transparency" within the Montreal Metropolis Congress. The session addressed fresh perspectives on how citizen participation can prevent corruption and lead to the sound management of public resources and effective governance, proposing approaches that go beyond technology-based solutions and ensure accountability from voting to planning and public budget execution. 

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Governance
Governance

We want to contribute to strengthening urban governance, local democracy and to create transparent and accountable cities. 

Public Policy
Policy assesments

We identify factors of risk and success in the implementation of local policies on transparency, accountability and citizen participation in city management.

Cloud
Networking

We facilitate the exchange of experiences in the fight against corruption in urban development, globally.

Trust
Trust

We promote the creation of trust in the public sector capacity to deliver; fighting informality and unequal access to basic services.


Knowledge
Knowledge

We generate data and knowledge about open government policies at local level.

Innovation
Innovation

We support the development of pilot apps on the use of SMART technologies for transparent urban management.

Participation
Participation

We seek to involve social, economic actors as well as citizens in the fight against corruption and the creation of more open and transparent cities.

SDG 11
Global Agenda 2030

Bringing together Sustainable Development Goals 11 and 16 to effectively implement the Global Agenda at local level.

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unhabitat
United Nations Human Settlement Programme

UN-Habitat works closely with local governments in achieving sustainable urban development, local democracy and good urban governance. UN-Habitat acts as a focal point for Local Governments and their associations, including metropolitan, regional, and other territorial government levels. 

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Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces

National association representing the interests of more than 8.000 local government in Spain. Internationally, FEMP is especially active in Europe, Latin America and the Mediterranean area, cooperating in strengthening local institutions, providing the experience accumulated from the Spanish local governments on decentralization, governance and local autonomy.

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Uraía Platform

brings together 90 cities and technology partners to identify how SMART technologies can be better used in city management, addressing not only efficiency in public services management and finance, but also being at the service of the citizens, and aim at improving their lives and participation in building better cities.

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Global Fund for the development of cities

is the Alliance of local and regional governments on financing for territorial actions and local economic development. FMDV provides solutions and expertise to create and implement the enabling environment, appropriate conditions and mechanisms allowing local and regional governments’ access to the necessary resources to fund their urban development strategies.

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United Cities and Local Governments - Middle East and West Asia section

the vision  of UCLG - MEWA is to be the united voice and world advocate of democratic local self-government, promoting its values, objectives and interests, through cooperation between local governments, and within the wider international community.

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Commonwealth Local Government Forum

CLGF works to promote and strengthen democratic local government across the Commonwealth and to encourage the exchange of best practice – through conferences and events, technical assistance projects and research.

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International ANTI-CORRUPTION Conference

Urban-GLASS will support the presence of Mayors at the 17th International Anti-Corruption Conference, the world’s premier global forum for bringing together heads of state, civil society, the private sector and more to tackle the increasingly sophisticated challenges posed by corruption.  

Ogpo
Open Government Partnership Summit

Urban-GLASS organized a Mayors Roundtable at the Municipality of Paris during the Open Government Partnership Summit, an event  promoting the principles of open and transparent government through civic participation, reinforcing public integrity and the fight against corruption. 

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Uraia

Urban-GLASS will be officially launched in Madrid during the Uraía Platform annual event "Transparent and accountable cities: innovative solutions for municipal management and finance". Uraía (meaning "citizenship" in Swahili) is a project of UN-Habitat with FMDV. The event will be co-organised with FEMP

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United Against Corruption

In occasion of the United Nations Anti-corruption Day, cities and local government networks have endorsed the "Paris statement" firmly rejecting all forms of corruption and calling for local and regional governments all over the world to renew their belief in the principles of transparency, accountability and good governance. If you want to endorse it, please write to governance@unhabitat.org 

Global Challenges
Global Challenges: Major Cities in Action

Urban GLASS will moderate the session "New approaches for citizen participation and transparency". The event will address fresh perspectives on how citizen participation can prevent corruption and lead to the sound management of public resources and effective governance. The objective is to propose approaches that go beyond technology-based solutions and ensure accountability from voting to planning and public budget execution. 

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What we are looking for

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DONORS

Support a local, regional or global initiative to fight urban corruption and enhance urban transparency and accountability! If you are interested in supporting the project, contact us governance @ unhabitat.org

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TECHNOLOGY

Contribute to the development of tools for the cities in our network!  If you are interested in working with us, contact  governance @ unhabitat.org

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CITIES

Be part of our network! 

Contact us governance @ unhabitat.org

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    United corruption EN

    The UN General Assembly declared 9th December as International Anti-Corruption Day, to be observed annually. The objective of this Day is to create awareness about the negative effects of corruption and the need to prevent and fight it. 

    With the aim of reaffirming this commitment, several local government networks endorsed the Paris Statement during the 2016 International Anti-corruption Day observance that took place at the Paris City Council during the Open Government Partnership Summit hosted by the Government of France.

    This year, the undersigned local, regional governments and their associations would like to renew the commitment to work towards more transparent, accountable and participatory cities and territories by endorsing the following joint statement on the occasion of the International Anti-corruption Day of 9th December of 2017.

    The document is now opened for discussion and endorsement by cities, local and territorial governments and their associations.

    You can download the text HERE

     For more information, contact us at governance @ unhabitat.org

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