The UCLG World Council 2021 approved a collegial Presidency and the Mayor of Kazan, and President of the United Nations Advisory Committee for Local Authorities (UNACLA) Ilsur Metshin as governing President of UCLG. President Boudra who has been serving as UCLG President from 2019 will accompany us to our UCLG World Congress in Daejeon as Honorary President. Co-president Thembisile Nkadimeng, leaves her mandate at the end of the World Council as she has been appotinted Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs. 

The Co-Presidency is composed by the Mayor of Konya, Uğur İbrahim Altay, Mayor of San José, Johnny Araya, the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Xi’an, Li Mingyuan, and the Mayor of The Hague, Jan Van Zanen. 

The Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau as Special envoy to the United Nations and Carlos Martínez, Mayor of Soria, Envoy of the Presidency for the New Urban Agenda.


The Vice-Presidency counts with Armand Béouindé, Mayor of Ouagadougou as Vice-President for Africa, Ashok Kumar Byanju Shrestha, Mayor of Dhulikhel as Vice-Presicent for ASPAC; Aysen Nikolaev, Head of the Republic of Sakha, as Vice-President for EURASIA; Carola Gunnarsson, Mayor of Sala Vice-President for Europe, Mohamed Saadie, President of the Union of Dannieh Municipalities and President of UCLG-MEWA, as Vice-President for Middle East and West Asia; Carolina Cosse, Mayor of Montevideo, as Vice-President for Latin America; Joanne Vanderheyden, mayor of the Municipality of Strathroy-Caradoc and President of FCM, as Vice-President for North America; Wen Guohui, Mayor of Guangzhou and President of Metropolis as Vice-President for Metropolis; Pablo Jurado Moreno, President of the Consortium of Provincial Autonomous Governments from Ecuador (CONGOPE) as Vice-President for the Forum of Regions.

Download the Composition of the World Council and the Executive Bureau for 2019-2022