African Decentralization and Local Development Day 2021

The African Union (AU) has announced the theme for the 2021 edition of the  African Decentralization and Local Development Day (ADD), celebrated on 10 August of each year.

It is entitled: “The contribution of arts, culture and heritage in the sustainable development of African cities and territories”.

The African Charter of Values and Principles of Decentralization, Local Governance and Local Development, adopted in June 2014 by the Heads of State and Government meeting at their Summit in Malabo, in its Article 20 paragraph 4, institutes the commemoration of the African Decentralization and Local Development Day (ADD) on 10 August each year. The celebration of the ADD by all AU Member States is organized under the authority of the Sub-Committee on Decentralization and Local Development of the African Union Specialized Technical Committee No. 8 (AU-STC Nb 8) including the African ministers of public service, urban development and local governments and decentralization.

The theme chosen for the celebration of the ADD is based on the theme of the year defined by the Heads of State and Government of the African Union. The Heads of State and Government of the African Union have defined 2021 as the Year of arts, culture and heritage in Africa. It is in line with this choice that the theme for the celebration of the African Day of Decentralization and Local Development 2021 has been chosen, specified the concept note produced by the AU.

Three sub-themes have been defined, inviting African cities and territories to reflect on them:

Subtheme 1: Using art and culture as levers for social inclusion and for the promotion of the sense of belonging and oneness in African cities and territories

Subtheme 2: Mobilizing the energy of youth to boost the contribution of cultural and creative industries in job creation and sustainable development of African cities and territories

Subtheme 3: Developing activities around cultural heritage as a way to build city identity and to promote city branding and territorial marketing

The celebration aims to:

– sensitize and inform the general public;

– share positive experiences and good practices among Member States; but also

– recognize and encourage cities and territories that excel in the implementation of remarkable actions in the area of arts, culture and heritage.

Read the concept note here.

4th International Conference on Sustainable Urbanization in Canada, China and Africa

The theme of the 4th  International Conference on Canadian, Chinese and African Sustainable Urbanization is : Density, Diversity and Mobility: the City in an Era of Cascading Risks! Taking place between July 28 – 31, 2021 virtually in Montreal, Canada, the conference programme is done in partnership of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN Habitat), McGill University, University of Ottawa, and Carleton University. During these four days, over 200 scholars, practitioners and policy-makers from 39 countries, and across multiple disciplines will discuss, debate and rethink the post-pandemic cities in Canada, China, Africa and other parts of the world.

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Extended consultation workshop as part of the drafting of the Local Authorities Charter for Gender Equality in Africa.

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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5th World Forum of Local Economic Development (WFLED)

More information here

UCLG Executive Bureau 2021

The 2021 UCLG Executive Bureau meetings will be held from 18 to 20 May under the theme: Care at the heart of local service provision for an inclusive recovery.

The business session of the Executive Bureau will take place on Thursday 20th preceded by a Policy Debate.

The Financial Management Committee and Committee on Statutory Affairs will meet respectively on the 18th and 19th.

The Executive Bureau will see several thematic sessions, as well as high-level policy dialogues.

More informarion here

ICLEI RISE Africa 2021

Register to the webinar on “Capitalization and Dissemination – Africa: The Role of Local Authorities in Migration”, ( March 30, 2021)

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), the city of Rabat and the city of Oujda are organizing a Webinar on “Capitalization and Dissemination – Africa: Role of Local Authorities in Migration”, on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (GMT+1) on the Zoom Platform.

The objective of this Webinar is to present and exchange on the actions of the Territorial Governments in favor of the migrant populations and the mechanisms of sustainable dialogue involving the relevant actors in the migration field. 

This capitalizing meeting will bring together around the same table representatives of African local authorities, representatives of national governments, national associations of local authorities and international institutions, concerned by the inclusion of migrants in the city.  

Join us on March 30 from 15:00 (GMT+1) for this collective learning webinar and to share your experience in Migration . 

Kindly confirm your participation by registering for this event. Do not hesitate to contact us for any further information.


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.