The Union of Cities and Municipalities of Wallonia (Union des Villes et Communes de Wallonie, UVCW) is a non-profit association devoted to local authorities in Wallonia: this includes cities and municipalities, Public Centres for Social Welfare, police zones, intermunicipal associations, public housing corporations and emergency zones. Since 1913, it has been representing them and helping them, in thousands of different ways, so they can carry out their missions towards their citizens. It has also been promoting their actions and their autonomy and, through this, the local democracy.