Conference Draws Worldwide Participation
Brookes, James, Nation's Cities Weekly
NLC Past President Clarence Anthony, mayor, South Bay, Fla., was elected Treasurer of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the largest international association representing and serving municipalities around the world.
The action came last week at the International World Congress in Paris with more than 2,500 officials representing countries from around the world in attendance.
Anthony was elected along with Marta Suplicy, mayor, Sao Paoio, Brazil, Bertrand Delanoe, mayor, Paris, France, and Smangaliso Mkhatshwa, mayor, Pretoria, South Africa, to serve as the leadership team of the new world organization created through a merger of three international organizations--the International Union of Local Authorities, the World Federation of Cities, and Metropolis.
Anthony had previously served as vice president of the International Union of Local Authorities.
"Thanks to Clarence Anthony's international leadership, local governments in the United States will be well represented in this important international community," NLC President Charles Lyons, selectman from Arlington, Mass., said. "His political savvy, his knowledge of local government, and his willingness to invest personal time in shaping this new organization will serve NLC and American cities well in the coming year."
As the united voice and world advocate of democratic local self-government, United Cities and Local Governments represents over half the world's population. …