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Week of October 30, 2000

The Forum’s Municipal Finance Working Group held a one-week E-Conference to discuss Financial Reporting and Disclosure in Capital Markets. Topics discussed included: the actors in capital markets and their needs for financial reporting and disclosure, the type of system such reporting requires, and how it would be best assisted in developing countries. The proceedings from the conference are available on the Forum’s website

Santiago, Chile, October 25-27, 2000 The Latin America and the Caribbean regional meeting for Istanbul +5 was organized in close collaboration with the Regional Economic Commission, ECLAC, as part of the preparatory process for the Special Session of the UN General Assembly for an Overall Review and Appraisal of the Implementation of the Habitat Agenda (Istanbul +5). The purpose of the regional meeting was not only to review progress made but also to identify and agree on concrete initiatives for extending and strengthening action to implement the Habitat Agenda commitments and achieve its goals in the regions. The final report from the meeting is available in Spanish at

1.  42nd Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the IADB Santiago, Chile, March 19-21, 2001

The Forty-second Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Development Bank and Sixteenth Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Inter-American Investment Corporation will be held in Santiago, Chile, from 19 to 21 March 2001. As in the past, the Bank and the host country are sponsoring a series of seminars on topics of interest to participants.

For more information on the IADB Meeting, visit

2.  35th IULA and 16th FCMU Unity Congress - Building the Community Agenda Rio de Janeiro, May 3-6, 2001

Rio de Janeiro is organizing the IULA/FMCU Unity Congress, of the International Union of Local Authorities – IULA, and the "Fédération Mondiale des Cités Unies" – FMCU, to be held from 3 to 6 May 2001. This event constitutes the first Congress held by these institutions in the 21st Century. To an ever-increasing extent, both cities and their citizens are becoming more involved in understanding their roles within a world that is already functioning under new standards. The building of "The Community Agenda" which will include an effective governance, the social inclusion, decentralization and citizen participation, the quality of service delivery, will depart from the presentation and debate of cities, villages, rural settlements and cities associations and their projection in a national and international level.

For more information on the event, please visit

1.  Decentralization Homepage

The World Bank Institute, through its Intergovernmental Fiscal Relations and Local Financial Management Program and in cooperation with its partners worldwide, seeks to facilitate the exchange of information to promote access and application of know-how. Their web page ( is a global "entry page" for making information available on intergovernmental institutions and capacity building initiatives related to the topic of the economics and politics of decentralization - the sorting out and sharing of public sector function and authority among governments.

2.  OAS Decentralization Website Launched

The OAS Website on decentralization and local governance has been established by the Program of Cooperation in Decentralization, Local Government and Citizen Participation, a Program implemented by the Unit for the Promotion of Democracy, General Secretariat of the Organization of American States (OAS) . This site can be accessed through the main OAS site at or at

The Web site includes information on program activities such as seminars and training workshops, as well as other features and items of information such as publications and web links to other organizations.

1.  Association of Mexican Municipalities (AMMAC)

Visit AMMAC’s on-line bookstore and order documents/books on municipal issues in Mexico. For ordering information visit under the news section.

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