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Conference draws worldwide participation.

NLC Past President Clarence Anthony, mayor, South Bay, Fla., was elected Treasurer of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the largest international association representing and serving municipalities around the world.

The action came last week at the International World Congress in Paris with more than 2,500 officials representing countries from around the world in attendance.

Anthony was elected along with Marta Suplicy, mayor, Sao Paoio, Brazil, Bertrand Delanoe, mayor, Paris, France, and Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, mayor, Pretoria, South Africa, to serve as the leadership team of the new world organization created through a merger of three international organizations--the International Union of Local Authorities, the World Federation of Cities, and Metropolis.

Anthony had previously served as vice president of the International Union of Local Authorities.

"Thanks to Clarence Anthony's international leadership, local governments in the United States will be well represented in this important international community," NLC President Charles Lyons, selectman from Arlington, Mass., said. "His political savvy, his knowledge of local government, and his willingness to invest personal time in shaping this new organization will serve NLC and American cities well in the coming year."

As the united voice and world advocate of democratic local self-government, United Cities and Local Governments represents over half the world's population. Members come from over 120 countries in all regions of the world. NLC serves as the general secretariat for North America and helps coordinate activities with local governments and municipal associations in the region on behalf of the global headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.

The National League of Cities has a long history of involvement with the International Union of Local Authorities. Leaders from NLC have served on committees and within the governing structure and were instrumental in shepherding the successful merger that was celebrated at this conference. Following adoption of a new constitution for UCLG, five Americans nominated by NLC were elected to the Executive Bureau, the most significant policy-making body in the organization.

Many of the American elected officials who attended the inaugural Congress of UCLG had prominent roles on the program. NLC First Vice President Anthony A. Williams, mayor, Washington, D.C., made a presentation at the plenary session on city-to-city cooperation. In separate workshops, Bart Peterson, mayor, Indianapolis, Ind.. and Anthony addressed the challenges of delivering clean water and solid waste management services. Lyons and Dottie Reeder, mayor, Seminole, Fla., and President of the Florida League of Cities, Inc., both spoke about examples of good public-private partnerships during a special interactive session between American and French municipal officials organized by NLC and two French municipal associations.
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Title Annotation:United Cities and Local Governments
Author:Brookes, James
Publication:Nation's Cities Weekly
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:May 17, 2004
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