16 okt 2013, 13:01
Rehwinkel had wel degelijk mandaat voor werk in Barcelona; Integrale verklaring
Dat blijkt uit een verklaring van de organisatie United Cities and Local Governments. “The Executive mandated the Mayor of Groningen to lead the work with a Resource Group, in close coordination with the World Secretariat and all involved members, which will study the modalities of work in this area and in particular the financing, mandate and requirements for implementation.”
Hieronder de verklaring integraal:
16 October 2013. Disasters are a concern for all countries and are growing in terms of people impacted and economic losses accounted. The number, scale and cost of disasters are increasing mainly as a consequence of growing populations, environmental degradation, unplanned settlements, expanding and ageing infrastructure, growing assets at risk, and more complex societies.
The Syrian refugees’ crises, the war in Kosovo, the Tsunami in Asia and the earthquake in Haiti to mention a few, have mobilised the membership of the United Cities and Local Governments, which have undertaken solidarity missions and implemented relevant support programmes based on city to city and association to association cooperation.
Driven by the conviction that, regardless of the conflict or crisis, recovery starts by re-establishing local governments, the Executive Bureau agreed to mandate the Mayor of Groningen in his capacity as member of the Executive Bureau to act as Rapporteur on this topic and explore possibilities of establishing feasible mechanisms, such as response protocols or facilities.
The Mayor of Groningen reported back to the Bureau as mandated presenting the findings of his mission.
The Executive Bureau confirmed the importance of the subject and the will of the Organization to maintain it among its strategic priorities. The Executive Bureau took note of the report on the Local Government Disaster Facility presented by the Mayor of Groningen. It confirmed the importance of the subject and mandated the Mayor of Groningen to lead the work with a Resource Group, in close coordination with the World Secretariat and all involved members, which will study the modalities of work in this area and in particular the financing, mandate and requirements for implementation.
The Executive Bureau of UCLG is composed of representatives with a local political mandate. The members of the Executive Bureau fulfil the tasks inherent to their post without remuneration.
About UCLG: Created in May 2004, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) is the united voice and global advocate of democratic local self-governance. Representing over half of the world’s population, members of UCLG are present in 140 of the United Nations member states and in all regions of the world: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Eurasia, Middle-East West Asia, Latin and North America – organized into seven continental sections and one metropolitan section. UCLG has more than one thousand cities in regions that are direct members and 155 member associations of local governments. Among the key areas of political interest for UCLG are: Local democracy, climate change and environmental protection, achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, local finance, urban development and city diplomacy in peace building.