Arab Towns Organization (ATO)

Organisation des villes arabes (OVA)

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History

15 Mar 1967, Kuwait City (Kuwait), on approval of statutes, following conference, 11 Mar 1967, Kuwait City. Previously also known as Arab Cities Organization (ACO).

Aims

In relation to Arab towns: preserve identity and heritage; support development and modernization of municipal and local authorities; improve and boost services and utilities; support member towns development schemes through providing loans and assistance; maintain cooperation with member towns in the process of planning and coordination of development activities and services, accordingly with each economic, social, cultural and environmental capacities; facilitate exchange of service-related achievements and expertise among member towns; coordinate efforts to modernize and standardize municipal regulations and codes; maintain liaison and cooperation working in ATO-related fields.

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Activities

Organizes: conferences; seminars; training courses; exchange of research papers, studies and expertise; exchange of visits; competitions; celebrations; annual 'Arab City Day' on 15th March. ATO institutions:

 • (i) Arab Towns Development Fund (ATDF) - finances member city development projects through arranging medium-term loans at nominal returns. It works to provide services to the largest possible number of member towns at a time, and prioritizes projects and arranges finance for up to 50 percent of each total cost.

 • (ii) Arab Urban Development Institute (AUDI) - an academic advisory entity that makes up the technical body of ATO. It is specialized in all fields related to training, research, consultation and documentation supporting achievement of organizational objectives.

 • (iii) 'ATO Award' - foundation aiming to: encourage creativity in the fields of Arab and Islamic architecture, towns' environmental health and municipal performance development with the implementation of information technology; protect Arab urban heritage and identity and the maintenance and rehabilitation of historic monuments and sites; encourage Arab architects and planners to adopt Arab and Islamic architectural styles and use information technology to promote Arab cities beautification and development of municipal performance. Prizes include:

 • -First: Architectural Awards - Architectural Project; Architectural Heritage; Architect;

 • -Second: Environmental Health Awards - Environmental Awareness; Environmental Safety; Environmental Advocate;

 • -Third: Urban Greening and Landscaping Awards - Urban Greening; Urban Landscaping; Urban Environmentalism Expert;

 • -Fourth: Information Technology Awards - Use and Implementation of Computers; Systems and Software; Information Expert.

 • (iv) 'Arab Urban Environment Centre' - carries out research in areas related to natural and urban environment.

 • (v) 'Arab Forum on Information Systems' - upgrades manipulation of information technology in municipal works.

 • (vi) 'Heritage and Arab Historic City Foundation' - specializes in research on all aspects related to Arab urban heritage and history and promotes such within an Arab comprehensive strategy.

 • (vii) 'Arab Urban Observatory' - measures Arab urban developmental performance and supports sustainable development-related decisions; contributes to outlining developmental plans for Arab towns; works within a broader international programme.

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 2 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 1 non-governmental organizations.
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Members

Members in 22 countries
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UIA Org ID

D2765

Last News Received

2015
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