Since the publication of its first edition in 2008 (GOLD I), the Global Report on Local Democracy and Decentralization (GOLD) has become an international benchmark in the analysis of local governments worldwide.
The focus of the GOLD IV report is to place local and regional authorities at the centre of the New Urban Agenda, strengthening the links with the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Agreement, translating its normative horizon into practical policies that will transform human settlements with the involvement of citizens and communities. With this purpose, the analysis presented in this Report moves away from traditional sectoral approaches, favouring, instead, a broader territorial approach that builds on the vision, experiences and practices of local and regional leaders in charge of metropolises, intermediary cities, small towns and regions.
GOLD IV presents the foundation of the Global Agenda of Local and Regional Governments for the coming decade, a set of policy recommendations for all actors and stakeholders in the local and regional governance system, drawn from the vision of local and regional leaders, practitioners and experts. This agenda for metropolises, cities and territories is UCLG’s contribution to the global debate, and an invitation to take the next step: fostering alliances based on strong policies and actions to achieve prosperous, inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities and territories.