The International Union of Local Authorities, Section for the Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East Region (IULA-EMME) was the predecessor of UCLG-MEWA. It was established in Turkey in 1987 as one of the regional sections of International Union of Local Authorities (IULA). IULA-EMME changed into UCLG-MEWA in 2004, in parallel with the creation and restructuring of the UCLG World Organization.
Since its establishment, UCLG-MEWA continues its activities for cities and local governments from its Istanbul headquarters, serving its principles of democracy, human rights, local self-government, international solidarity, accountability and transparency, and sustainable development.
- Participating in the governing organs and the working groups of the UCLG World Organization
- Supporting global programs and campaigns conducted or supported by the UCLG World Organization (such as GOLD, Alliance of Civilizations, Millennium Development Goals and Climate Change)
- Contributing to local government-related components of global meetings involving the active presence of the UCLG World Organization (such as the World Water Forum and Alliance of Civilizations Forum)
- Serving its members through activities including cooperation and collaboration, exchange of experience and ideas, training and capacity building programs, information and documentation, and project development
- Involving and partnering with its members and supporting the localization process of sustainable development with City Councils after Turkey Local Agenda 21 Program.
- Preparing publications and documents concerning local authorities, and supporting the preparation of such publications by its members.
- "United Cities and Local Governments Middle East and West Asia Section". Uclg-mewa.org. 2013-11-29. Retrieved 2014-05-09.
- UCLG-MEWA Presentation
- UCLG-MEWA Newsletter