Pact for the Future of Humanity
The Pact for Government and Democracy calls for, at its core, redefining governing in Partnership. The Pact for the Future will continue to put our communities at the core of the decision-making mechanisms, building peace and prosperity from our cities and our regions.
With the ultimate goal of transitioning from an international system to one driven by our communities, we will push for the development of capacities for local and regional governments and a stronger, structural dialogue with national governments to ensure we can deliver for our communities. We will push for the renewal of the multilateral system to ensure the next generation of multilateralism.
The local and territorial level is critical to rethink and to reshape the governance systems into more participatory, accountable and transparent ones. Responding to these calls and rebuilding trust between citizens, institutions and communities, at all levels, are determinant elements to achieving the global agendas. Citizens, and citizenship, through social movements and civil society, are increasingly calling for the transformation of governing systems.
Renewing democracy and citizenship will be at the core of the pact for government. As the UNSG’s Our Common Agenda acknowledges, there remains a clear lack of trust between our communities in the institutions that represent them, and governing systems are being challenged.
To bring about the Pact for Government is to ensure that local democracy and strong local governance are the building block of sustainable peace and prosperous societies. This is the way to ensure livelihoods that are decent for people, to bring about a future in which work is decent for all and where people can fruitfully enjoy their time.
The Pact for Government will contribute to ensuring that local and regional governments, as well as all stakeholders, can adapt to the changing times, bringing perspectives that can facilitate governing in emergencies, rethinking democracy and citizen participation in a society in the new society of (dis)information, different relations.
All of this needs to happen through local democracy as a catalyst. Through governance of proximity and door-to-door democracy that cares for the dreams of our communities and defines solidarity and resource capacity as the backbone of humanity. Only then will we ensure a system is built for all.
A system that transforms relations with our community. A system that creates synergies between local and regional governments, organizations and academia to improve the quality of democracy and enhances public administration all over the world to rise to the challenges of urbanization.An international system built on the force of cities, local and regional governments that learn and define policies together supported by strong associations that will allow scaling up of actions. This system will put sharing and local democracy at the core, defining solidarity and resource capacity as the backbone of humanity.
The axis on Government will be based on on the principles of the Durban Political Declaration, the UCLG Decalogue for the post-COVID era as well as the work of the Emergency Governance Initiative for Cities and Regions, the International Observatory on Participatory Democracy and our partnership with International IDEA.
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