This paper is intended as a key contribution for the Town Hall process that United Cities and Local Governments is promoting as part of its 7th World Congress to take place in Daejeon, South Korea, between 10-14 October 2022. Its contents emerge from a collaborative effort of civil society organizations, academics and United Nations agencies, in consultation with local and regional governments.

The paper includes key definitions, examples and recommendations to foster commoning practices that advance the right to the city and the municipalist agendas.



A wide range of goods and services can be protected and reconfigured as commons: housing and land; food systems and agro-ecology; basic services (water and sanitation, energy, waste management, internet access); culture and education; knowledge, information and digital rights; safe and accessible public spaces and livelihoods; natural resources and ecosystems. The paper claims that these local initiatives play a crucial role to address the current socio-economic and ecological crises, while at the same time experimenting more democratic mechanisms for decision-making and collective management.