Session 1.1. Introduction to the guiding principles for enhancing alignment and harmonisation on local governance and decentralisation. Background. 1996: Elaboration of the Habitat Agenda (Istanbul)
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Introduction to the guiding principles for enhancing alignment and harmonisation on local governance and decentralisation
"Sustainable human settlements development can be achieved through the effective decentralisation of responsibilities, policy management, decision-making authority and sufficient resources, including revenue collection authority, to local authorities, closed to and most representatives of their constituencies" (paragraph 177)
"Governments should examine and adopt, as appropriate, policies and legal frameworks from other States that are implementing decentralisation effectively" (paragraph 180)
This World Charter aims to draw up an internationally agreed framework for the practice of local democracy, as a vital contribution to improving people’s living conditions in cities all over the world.
These guidelines are a key instrument to promote good governance at all levels and to strengthen local authorities.
2006: Establishment of the informal Development Partners Working Group on Local Governance and Decentralisation (iDPWG-LGD)