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Saturday, December 3 • 16:30 - 18:30
Building Trust at Local Level: The role of Transparency in Local Government to Promote Citizen Participation in Public Affairs

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The objectives of the session are:

  • Provide experiences and best practices of the participating Mayors to showcase how they create increased citizen trust in their local governments.
  • Identify problems and solutions in the process of implementing transparency policies.
  • Debate and discuss with participants new ideas and trends that can promote more effective, transparent and just cities.

The session will be organized by the Urban GLASS project (www.urban-glass), an initiative by UN-Habitat (the United Nations Human Settlement Program) and the FEMP (Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Provinces) www.femp.es in partnership with the Global Fund for the development of cities (www.fmdv.net), the Commonwealth Local Government Forum (www.clgf.gov.uk) and the UCLG Middle East section (uclg-mewa.org). The event will involve the contribution of CityEthics www.cityethics.org, an organization focused on municipal anti-corruption best practices.

In many parts of the world, there is a deep and worrisome crisis of confidence in the role of the public sector. The public sector is the responsible entity for service delivery to citizens in a way that promotes or hinders equal access and faith in the fairness of the process.   For most citizens, the municipality is the first (and often the only) gate of access to public administration and government. Local governments are closer to the people and are responsible to provide essential basic services such as water, electricity, sanitation or waste collection. Additionally, local governments are often the only entities providing the direct link between national strategies and policies to citizens. Most of the public trust in government is produced (or lost) at the local level. 

Many local governments in the world are fighting the battle for transparency in providing services and desire increased participation of their citizens in public affairs. It is true that cities are places where corruption and mismanagement of public funds happen, but it is also the place where creative efforts are being implemented to bring openness to local public management, and this is what will be showcased in this workshop.

  • Darrell Bradley, Mayor of Belize, representing the Commonwealth Local Government Forum www.clgf.go.uk
  • Héctor Darío Pérez, Mayor of San Pedro de los Milagros, Representing the Federation of Colombian Municipalities www.fcm.org.co
  • Carlos Martinez, Mayor of Soria, Representing the FEMP, Spanish Federation of Municipalities and Regions www.femp.es

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Carla Miller

President, City Ethics
Carla is the Founder and President of City Ethics (www.cityethics.org) a non-profit organization that offers online tools and resources to people who want to fight local government corruption. Carla started her career as a federal prosecutor with a focus on white collar crime... Read More →

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Darrell Bradley

Mayor of Belize

Carlos Martinez

Mayor of Soria

Héctor Darío Pérez

Mayor of San Pedro de los Milagros

Session Coordinator
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Diana Lopez Caramazana

Head, Local Government Unit, Un-Habitat, United Nations Human Settlements Progr
I have been dedicated to issues related to local governance and the role of local governments in international development since 1997 when I entered the UN System as information manager at the International Labour Organisation – ILO, providing expertise on local economic development... Read More →


Juana Lopez Pagan

Secretary of the Spanish Delegation of the Chamber of Local and Regional Authorities, Council of Europe
Law Degree University of Murcia (Spain), Master in European Union law by the University Carlos III of Madrid (Spain), PhD in Political Science University Complutense University of Madrid (Spain). Head of International Affairs and Development Cooperation since 2008 in the Spanish Federation... Read More →

Saturday December 3, 2016 16:30 - 18:30 CST
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