Africa-Europe Partnership: Call to young African local elected officials!

 

 

 

 

Are you a young African local elected official? Do you know a young African local elected official?

This is for you!

Participate in the meeting dedicated to young actors of local authorities from Africa and Europe, under the theme: “Africa-Europe Partnership: Connecting young local leaders! “. The event will take place online from 23 to 24 June 2021.

Register here.

The challenges of the meeting

Europe and Africa face more and more common challenges, there is a growing need for greater cooperation and solidarity, starting with the local level. Many of these challenges are long-term and intergenerational, meaning young people are deeply affected. And indeed who better to talk about the world of tomorrow than the youth?

That’s why UCLG Africa, Platforma and CEMR are holding the “Africa-Europe partnership: Connecting young local leaders!” event gathering young local and regional elected officials, youth organisations, representatives and partners from Europe and Africa to tackle one big question: how should African and European young local leaders organise their collaboration?

The event will explore how local leaders can structure their future dialogue and provide input to major events such as the African Union-European Union summits and Africities. The session will build upon previous work begun in Abidjan and Marrakesh in 2018.

During the opening session, inspiring young leaders will share their reflections on a future for Africa-Europe relations that takes into account the needs and wishes of young people in an increasingly connected world.

The following day, we’ll discuss the future of this partnership during a practical working group session and gather ideas to structure the dialogue and address common challenges together from a local perspective.

So don’t hesitate to come along to build the foundations of a partnership that will shake up Europe-Africa relations as we know them!

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ICLEI RISE Africa 2021

Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65)

 

 

 

 

The sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 15 to 26 March 2021. In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, and taking into account the latest guidance from the United Nations Secretary-General and the World Health Organization (WHO), CSW65 will take place in a hybrid format with mostly virtual meetings.

Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session.

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Webinar on Water Governance in African Cities

 

OECD Webinar on Water Governance in African Cities

 

A contribution to the 9th World Water Forum (Dakar, March 2022) preparatory process, this high-level session will raise the profile of Mayors and City leaders in enhancing water security in Africa, building on the evidence and guidance from two new OECD reports on Water Governance in African Cities and Water Governance in Cape Town, South Africa, prepared as a follow-up to the King Hassan II Great World Water Prize granted to the OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría in 2018. This session will conclude with the launch of a new OECD/UCLG-Africa Roundtable of African Mayors for Water Security. Read more.

World Water Day 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

World Water Day, held on 22 March every year since 1993, focuses on the importance of freshwater.

World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.

More information here.

Webinar- “If Gender Champions Govern Our Cities: Key Policies for Creating a More Equal World from the Grassroots Up” .

Inspired by the Swedish foreign policy initiative, Drive for Democracy, ICLD organises high-level political panels called “Local Democracy Talks”.

The aim of the talks is to create a constructive dialogue and exchange of experiences among leading local politicians to strengthen democratic governance.

 

First out is #LocalDemocracyTalks​ in Kenya the 2 March with the theme: “If gender champions rule our cities: Key policies to create a more equal world from below”.

Date and time: 2nd March at 12:00-13:00 (Swedish Time) 14:00 – 15:00 (Kenyan Time)

The talk is organised in cooperation with the Embassy of Sweden in Nairobi and UCLG Africa.

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5th session of the United Nations Environment Assembly

The fifth session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-5) provides leadership, catalyzes, intergovernmental actions on the environment, and contributes to the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The overall theme of UNEA-5 is “Strengthening Actions for Nature to Achieve the Sustainable Development Goals” and it calls for strengthened action to protect and restore nature and the nature-based solutions to achieve the SDGs in its three complementary dimensions (social, economic and environmental).

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UCLG Retreat

The 2021 Retreat will take to heart the message that UCLG A Global Community that Cares. The discussions that will take place during the week-long gathering will aim at showcasing how our communities are working for the people, for the planet, for government, and for the future.

The UCLG Annual Retreat is a week-long gathering that provides an opportunity for the keynotes of the organization and partners to define synergies and develop actions in line with the work plans set out by the governing bodies. In 2021, it will take place on-line over the course of six days: 15-22 February.

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America-Africa Women Economic Virtual Forum

Theme: Women Empowered for Economic Revival Beyond the Pandemic and Injustice:

The Sequel to the 2020 Inaugural Africa – America Women’s Economic Forum and Trade Expo (AAWEF).

Thursday, January 28

More information here 

World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture (24 January)

 

In November 2019, the 40th session of UNESCO’s General Conference proclaimed January 24 of each year as the World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture.

This date coincides with the adoption of the Charter for the Cultural Renaissance of Africa in 2006 by the Heads of State and Government of the African Union.

This celebration is the result of efforts led by the African Network of Cultural Promoters and Entrepreneurs (RAPEC) with the support of UCLG Africa.

The theme chosen for the year 2021 is: “Celebrating African culture for a reconciled Humanity”.