UCLG believes in the power of networks, in the multiplier effect of synchronizing thousands of local and regional actions at global level.
Across the world, local and regional governments are working to advocate for change, implement the global agendas, learn from one another, and track their progress towards the achievement of the global goals.
It is UCLG’s mission to showcase and multiply the impact of this work through “Waves of Action” by our members and partners.

What are UCLG Waves of Action?

In the spirit of focusing on the implementation of the global agendas and of amplifying the work of the network, UCLG organize actions in the form of Waves of Action.


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The UCLG Waves of Action for 2017-2019
The right to housing

Housing is a right, not a commodity

#Right2Housing #MakeTheShift

May 2017 – December 2018


  • Cities for the Right to Housing, 2-3 November 2017
  • Human Rights Day, Global, 10 December 2017
  • Gwangju World Human Rights Cities Forum, Gwangju, September 2017
  • UCLG Meetings on Housing Policy, Barcelona, November 2017
  • Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing to be presented at the United Nations Human Rights Council of Geneva, Geneva March 2018
  • High Level Political Forum on SDG 11, New York, July 2018

The City of Barcelona, UCLG Co-President, UCLG Committee on Social Inclusion, Particpatory Democracy and Human Rights (CSIPDHR), UCLG Sections, UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, Habitat for Humanity, Habitat International Coalition, Global Platform for the Right to the City, Committee on Strategic Planning, European Federation of National Organisations Working with the Homeless (FEANTSA), South African Human Rights Commission, research centers


Advocacy: UCLG will continue to defend the right to housing in the framework of the Right to the City at global level, as expressed in the Bogotá Commitment adopted in October 2016. We will promote debates on housing among our members to build a common narrative and strategy to influnce the discussions of the High Level Political Forum (HLPF) on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 11. 

Learning: A learning session on financing housing: the Committee on Finance and the CSIPDHR together with UCLG Learning team will organize a peer-learning session on financing affordable housing at local level. 

#MakeTheShift Camapign:

UCLG is also actively involved in “Make the Shift”, a movement we led by the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Adequate Housing, Leilani Farha, in partnership with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Make The Shift seeks to mobilize a large range of actors at worldwide level to push for housing to be seen as a human right and a social good, rather than as a commodity.

Monitoring: The next Gold Report (GOLD V) will focus on the way local governments contribute to the achievement of SDGs. One of the chapters, in the framework of SDG 11, will focus on the role of local governments in housing policies and on the enabling environment required to allow local governments meet the needs of people, especially the poorest, in terms of housing.


Renewing the Financing of Local Governments by 2030

Information available soon


All migrants, all citizens


June 2017 - December 2018


  • 72nd Session of the UN General Assembly,12-25 September 2017, New York, USA
  • 7th World Forum of Human Rights Cities, 14-17 September 2017, Gwangju, Korea
  • Global Compact on Migration, Thematic Session, September 2017, Vienna, Austria
  •  Global Compact on Migration - UN Informal thematic session: Irregular migration and regular pathways, October, Geneva, Switzerland
  • 4th World Forum on Local Economic Development, 17-20 October 2017, Praia, Cap-Vert
  • Global Conference on Cities and Migration, 16-17 November 2017, Mechelen, Belgium
  • Global Compact on Migration - Preparatory meeting, November, Mexico
  • Global Compact on Migration - Zero draft presentation to MS, from February to July 2018, New York, USA
  • Global Compact on Migration - Intergovernmental negotiations, from February to July 2018, New York, USA
  • Global Compact on Migration Conference, October 2018, New York, USA


UCLG Committees and working groups:
Committee on Social Inclusion, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights
Peripheral cities
Intermediary Cities
Local economic development
Migration and Co development
Taskforce for prevention and territorial management of crisis

Sections and members:
UCLG Africa
Cités Unies France (CUF), Technical Office of Lebanese Cities (BTVL), Association of Netherlands Municipalities (VNG), Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)

Other partners:
Cities Alliance
International Organisation for Migration (OIM)
UN Habitat
International Centre for Migration Policy Development (ICMPD)
The Centre for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) (to be confirmed)

Advocacy: The governance of migration and the inclusion of newcomers in cities are topics that UCLG links to sustainable urban development and planning, because today’s migrants are the citizens of tomorrow. This approach is part of the promotion process of the right to the city with a specific focus on access to basic services, guaranteeing human rights and participative processes.

The implementation of this approach requires, on the one hand a change in the narrative on migration at local level, by promoting and highlighting the inherent opportunities to sound policies on the inclusion of migrants. And, on the other hand, a better multi-level coordination and strengthening capacities and local resources needed to support national migration policies.

UCLG will convey this messages in the framework of the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration, stressing that even if migration falls within national governments’ powers, its reality and impacts are local.  

In this context the global policy will build on positions and experiences from different parts of our network particularly, CEMR, Metropolis, UCLG-MEWA and UCLG-Africa. 

Learning: The Mediterranean City to City Migration project (MC2CM) was a laboratory where 7 peer learning sessions have been hold on issues related to governance of migration and inclusion of newcomers at local level.

This work will continue during the second phase of the project, by including more cities from the Mediterranean basin and sub-Saharan Africa, as well as national associations of local governments, as agent of knowledge and practices capitalisation and transfer.

UCLG will also continue the work beyond the Mediterranean to replicate and extend focus on migration to other parts of the world with the support of the regional sections, the committees and the international partners.

Implementation: As part of the MC2CM project, UCLG accompanied the implementation of pilot projects, building the capacity of local authorities to deal with migration realities and the inclusion of migrants.

The second phase of the project will continue this implementation at the local level.

UCLG will continue to promote the action of its members, in relation to the implementation of the SDGs, the inclusion of migrants directly contributing to the achievement of many sustainable development goals for inclusive, safe and resilient cities. 

Monitoring and evaluation: The second phase of the MC2CM project, which will be launched in 2018, will make possible to evaluate and monitor the actions implemented by cities in terms of governance of migration and inclusion of migrants. This pilot work at the Mediterranean level will be accessible to the entire network, to extend the indicators and their analysis on a global scale.