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Extraordinary meeting of the Executive Committee of UCLG Africa: Morocco chosen as Africa’s candidate for the presidency of UCLG World

Libreville, the capital of Gabon, hosted an extraordinary meeting of UCLG Africa’s Executive Committee on 26 July 2019.  The meeting, convened on the initiative of the President of UCLG Africa, Mr. Léandre Nzue, Mayor of Libreville, was officially opened by the Prime Minister of Gabon: His Excellency Mr Julien Nkoghe Bekalé.

The sole purpose of the Executive Committee meeting (Extraordinary) was the Designation of candidates of Africa for the Presidency of the United Cities and Local Governments – World within the framework of the World Congress that will be held from 11 to 15 November 2019 in Durban, South Africa

For the nomination of the candidate for the position of UCLG World President, the members of the Executive Committee present used a vote to choose between the Moroccan candidature put forward by the Association of Presidents of Moroccan Communal Councils (AMPCC) and the South African candidature put forward by the National Association of South African Local Authorities (SALGA).  At the end of the vote, the Moroccan candidate obtained a majority of votes.

Thus, the President of the AMPCC, Mr. Mohamed Boudra will be Africa’s candidate for the position of UCLG World President.

Concerning the nomination of Africa’s candidate for the post of UCLG Vice-President for Africa, the only candidate in the running was the Association of Municipalities of Burkina Faso (AMBF), represented by its President, Mr. Armand Béouindé.

Elections for the renewal bodies of UCLG are scheduled from 11 to 15 November 2019 in Durban, South Africa during the World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders.

The President of UCLG Africa, Mr. Léandre Nzue, invited all members to mobilise and support Morocco’s candidacy for the position of President of the world organization UCLG.

In Durban,

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Key Decisions of UCLG Executive Bureau Meeting in Kazan

The latest meeting of United Cities and Local Governments-UCLG Executive Bureau was held in Kazan, Russia, from 25 to 27 May 2016. This meeting was the last gathering of the members of the executive bureau before the World Summit of Bogota scheduled from 12 to 15 October 2016.

 

This meeting was divided into several sessions. Aside from the statutory meetings (Financial Management Committee, Committee on Statutory Affairs, Executive Bureau), the Committee on Urban Strategic Planning, the Working Group on Intermediary Cities and the Taskforce on Local Government Disaster Response gathered their members. The members of the executive bureau also seized this opportunity to define the key priorities of UCLG for the 2016-2022 mandate.

Moreover, the members of the executive bureau who attended the meeting witnessed the announcement of the candidatures of the City of Johannesburg and the City of Kazan for the UCLG Presidency. The Mayor of Joburg, Mr. Parks Tau, shared his interest in helping the organization to take on a leading role in implementing the development agenda and New Urban Agenda with the Executive Bureau.

In this regard, the manifesto of the candidacy of the City of Johannesburg for the presidency of UCLG was officially launched during the meeting of the executive committee of UCLG Africa in May 2016 in Rabat. The manifesto is available here.

The winners of the second edition of the “International Award UCLG – MEXICO CITY – Culture 21” during the Executive Bureau session in Kazan. The winners in the “City, local or regional government” category were Timbuktu and Vaudreuil-Dorion, while Jon Hawkes and Silvia Rivera Cusicanqui received awards in the individual category.

The report of the key decisions of Kazan Executive Bureau is available here.

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Premier Forum Ministériel Africain sur l’Habitat et le Développement Urbain (FOMAHDU)

En prélude à la troisième Conférence des Nations Unies sur le Logement et le Développement Urbain Durable -Habitat III (17-21 octobre 2016, Quito, Equateur), le Ministère de l’Habitat et de la politique de la ville du Royaume du Maroc organise le premier Forum Ministériel Africain sur l’Habitat et le Développement Urbain (FOMAHDU) du 11 au 12 mai 2016 à Rabat. Le thème retenu est : «Politiques urbaines et développement durable».

 

Le Forum organisé conjointement avec ONU-Habitat, «se veut une contribution au processus préparatoire à Habitat III, à l’échelle globale, et une participation active au traitement de la problématique de la ville, de son développement et de sa durabilité en Afrique, à l’échelle régionale», lit-on dans la brochure de présentation de la rencontre.

En outre, le Forum ambitionne aussi d’inscrire la démarche du Maroc en matière d’établissements humains en phase avec le Nouvel Agenda Urbain tel qu’il sera adopté par la communauté internationale à Habitat III, et de promouvoir l’Agenda post-2015 reflété dans les Objectifs de Développement Durable (ODD), en particulier l’ODD 11 «Faire en sorte que les villes et les établissements humains soient ouverts à tous, sûrs, résilients et durables». Objectif qui implique directement les collectivités locales.

Il sera également question de traiter de la durabilité des villes en prenant en compte la problématique du changement climatique, «au vu des recommandations de la COP21 (Paris, décembre 2015) et en prévision de la COP22 qu’accueillera le Maroc en novembre 2016», indique le comité d’organisation.

Près de 300 participants sont attendus parmi lesquels les ministres Africains du logement et du développement urbain, les maires et autres élus, les universitaires et les membres de la société civile. Une représentativité qui permettra, espèrent les organisateurs :

-D’enrichir le processus Habitat III par la contribution de l’Afrique dans le traitement des dynamiques urbaines et des politiques de la ville ;

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The Smart City concept is accessible to different municipalities in Africa

The conference ‘Platforms Smart Cities and data of the city’ was held on Thursday, April 07, 2016 in Casablanca, at the headquarters of Confédération Générale des Entreprise du Maroc (CGEM).

 

The issues of the development of urban platforms were presented to the participants of the event organized by E-madina and Morocco Numeric Cluster.

“The concept of a platform can be open to citizens by the collaborative platform. Today it is time for the city to determine its policy around the data,” said Phillippe Baudouin, head of Practice Smart City-unit digital Territory, IDATE DigiWolrd.

The actions made in this sense in the region of Grand Casablanca as well as future prospects were at the heart of the exchanges of the two panels in the program:

-Urban data: an intangible to enhance capital?

-Platforms data for Smart City.

Speaking in the first panel, Saad Azzoui, Director of heritage Lydec shared with UCLG Africa, his vision that the ‘Smart City’ concept is not restricted to the great common of the African continent.

Lydec , which manages the distribution of water, electricity, sewage collection and public lighting for the Region of Grand Casablanca (Urban Municipalities of Casablanca, Mohammedia and Aïn Harrouda), have developed tools that optimize investment and natural resources in the area.

«Generally, people think that smart cities need many financial resources, yet this not the case, said Saad Azzoui. A smart city is a city, which facilitates the life of its citizens; it is a city where I have access to data easily, where I can move easily, where there is a communication between elected officials, decision-makers, authorities and citizens. Thus, for him,