"Leave no municipality behind": scaling the right to the city to the regional level

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Borja M. Iglesias, arquitecto urbanista; investigador sénior Cátedra UNESCO de Ciudades Intermedias, Universitat de Lleida y UPC-BarcelonaTech; fundador y CEO, Network for Strengthening the Informal City (NSIC); consultor externo en UCLG.

Subnational governments entering the international arena through lobbying may be a turning point in global governance, but numerous challenges remain at regional level. This paper charts a municipal geography of the planet that is strongly conditioned by its capacity to respond to the dynamics of urbanisation and rural depopulation, and reflects on the need to structure more representative, supportive regional governance. With the global implementation of the 2030 Agenda focussing on the ability of local governments to institutionalise the “right to the city” and “leave no one behind”, the regional level becomes the ground in which territorial intermediation can help germinate the right to “leave no municipality behind”.

Keywords: territorial governance, municipalism, region, territorial planning, city networks, right to the city

DOI: doi.org/10.24241/rcai.2019.123.3.47

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How to cite this article: Iglesias, Borja M. «“No dejar a ningún municipio atrás”: escalando el “derecho a la ciudad” a la región». Revista CIDOB d’Afers Internacionals, n.º 123 (diciembre de 2019), p. 47-68. DOI: doi.org/10.24241/rcai.2019.123.3.47