According to Shahrnevesht, Goshtasb Mozaffari, Director of Tehran Municipality’s International Relations said: "Today the issue of communication and international cooperation among world's major cities has become one of the important issues and challenges in the field of international relations. On this basis, the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) Organization as the most expanded communication and cooperation network among world cities which covers over three thousand mayors around the world leaves high effects on the trend of international developments, especially at local and urban management levels."
He stressed: "Iran's presence in this organization could lead to the advancement of major diplomatic goals of the country and development of national interests at regional and world levels. Many of the regional and world cities with the collection of information about recent developments in urban management of Tehran expressed their desire to develop relations with the capital city of the Islamic Republic of Iran."
Chairmanship of Mohammad Bagher Ghalibaf was officially confirmed by the head of the General Assembly of UCLG MEWA. The UCLG MEWA confab is held every three years and the board of directors and general council and members of the UCLG MEWA Council are elected in this session for a period of three years.