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Plant Tree Not Bombs campaign launch
Day 4 of the World Summit started with the Plant Tree Not Bombs campaign launch, with the presence of UCLG and South African and Durban high-level officials. Symbolic ceremony to demonstrate that local policies for peace is on the top of the agenda of the constituency and of the World Summit.

The two main policy tracks of the Summit continued throughout the day with the Assembly and the TownHall. Whereas the Americas Assembly focused on Multilevel governance, the Middle-East and Western Asia put forward policy recommendations on migration management, peacebuilding and resilience. The Assembly Track was closed by the Metropolitan Assembly, where leaders emphasised he role of local and regional governments in addressing public space, and the policies that can be implemented to ensure equal access to it by all inhabitants.

The three last trails of the TownHall track focused on Right to the City, Sustainable Urban Development and addressed informalities. Policy recommendations were formulated to the World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments that will formally meet tomorrow.

Preparing the next decade of implementation of the global goals was the centre of the discussions of the second Plenary of the Congress, presenting the aspirations and wishes of the communities. UCLG officially launched the V Report of the Global Observatory on Decentralization and Local Democracy, which assesses national strategies for the implementation of the Global Agendas in each world region.
Transparency, Resilience and Migration were Day 3’s focus of the Special Sessions, envisioning the future of the international municipal movement on the three critical issues.

Local leaders highly stressed the added value that cities can bring to the planet’s resilience and the natural and cultural heritage affected left by our way of living. Delegates explored the dynamics to structure this debate in the UN agenda and its potential for a wider understanding of resilience that focused on the role of cities managing the natural resources and contributing to the resilience of the planet and social global justice.

With the lack of trust between citizens and governments from around the world, the Special Session on Transparency presented options for new governance models putting transparency and access to public information at the core.

Managing migration, theme of the third Special Session, shed light on the ability of cities to help vulnerable groups to break down barriers that prevent them from accessing basic services, protecting their rights and enjoying decent living conditions. It further addressed the Global Compact for Migration marking a breakthrough in the global governance of migration with a proposed framework and common values for defining national migration policies.

The intense activity of the Local4Action Hub and Track continued throughout the day with the key participation of our constituency’s partners: Cities Alliance, UNICEF, the International Labour Organisation.

The first step to the election of the new UCLG Presidency was made with the first voting round of the World Council, taking place later in the day.
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