Africities 8 Summit

Africities is the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa’s flagship pan-African event that is held every three years in one of the five regions of Africa. We mobilize communities and local authorities in African countries, as well as financial institutions, civil society groups and development partners at continental and international level.


The architecture of all Africities Summits aims to address major questions based on the construction of the 2063 Vision of Africa with debate proposed by the African Union Commission.
Under the High Patronage of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI of Morocco, the Africities 8 Summit will be hosted in Marrakesh, on 20 -24 November 2018, with over 5000 participants. The latter will represent all the stakeholders of African local life as well as their partners from other regions of the world: ministers in charge of local governments; ministers in charge of housing and urban development; ministers of public service; local authorities and local elected officials; officials of local and central administrations; civil society organizations, associations and trade unions; economic operators of the public and private sectors as well as of the social/ solidarity economy; traditional rulers; researchers and academics; and international cooperation agencies.

This year’s Africities Summit theme is The Transition to Sustainable Cities and Territories, the Role of Local and Subnational Governments of Africa.  

The Africities 8 Exhibition will host between 400 – 500 exhibitors.

The Africities Summit pursues two major objectives:

  • Defining appropriate shared strategies in order to improve the living conditions of people at the local level
  • Contribute to the integration, peace, and unity of Africa starting from the grassroots.

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UCLG World Council

The World Council is the main policy-making body of the World Organization. It decides the World Organization’s policies and ensures that general policies decided by the General Assembly are implemented. The World Council will take place from 5 to 8 November in Madrid, back-to-back with the second edition of the World Forum on Urban Violence and Education for Coexistence and Peace, at the kind invitation of Mayor Manuela Carmena.

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PLATFORMA 10 years anniversary

During the event, discover how cities and regions from the EU & worldwide, work together to implement development.

Their main goal: to improve the lives of their citizens.

This anniversary will be the perfect opportunity to exchange with other players and elected officials about development cooperation led by cities and regions.

You will have the possibility to see what PLATFORMA’s partners have accomplished during the past 10 years. In addition, we will discuss together the main challenges facing decentralised cooperation in the next decade.

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World Cities Day 2018

World Cities Day aims to promote the international community’s interest in global urbanization, enhance cooperation among countries and cities in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanization, and contribute to sustainable urban development. The overall World Cities Day theme is Better City, Better Life and this year’s particular theme is Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities. The main event will be celebrated in Liverpool, UK.

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African Day of Decentralization and Local Development 2018

Celebrated on 10 August every year, this year’s African Day of Decentralization and Local Development (JADDL) will be placed under the theme:

“Fighting corruption at the local level, a sustainable way to transform Africa from its territories”.

The sub Themes are as follow:

Sub-theme 1: Corruption and conflict of interest in the management of local authorities: an impediment to the basic services to local populations, social justice, and peace to local populations;

Sub-theme 2: Good local governance and promotion of the role of civil society and the media: guarantee for success in curbing corruption in these areas.

The Climate Chance Summit – Africa 2018

The Climate Chance Summit – Africa of Abidjan in the Ivory Coast will serve to bring together non-state climate actors in Africa at the beginning of summer 2018 and primarily to set up sectoral and operational roadmaps adapted to the context in African territories. The summit will thus serve to establish messages specific to the African continent, to demonstrate its commitment as well as to clarify the specific demands and proposals of the local actors who combat climate change in Africa.


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European Development Days 2018


European Development Days 2018 (EDD 2018) will seek to bring together the European Union’s commitment to gender equality and women’s empowerment with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The overall theme for EDD 2018 is, ‘Women and Girls at the Forefront of Sustainable Development: protect, empower, invest’. Three sub-themes will be considered: Ensuring the physical and psychological integrity of Girls and Women; Promoting economic and social rights and Empowerment of Girls and Women; and Strengthening Girls’ and Women’s voice and participation.

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2nd Edition of the African Forum of Territorial Managers



On the occasion of the UN Public Service Day which will be celebrated in Marrakesh on the 21 to 23 June 2018, UCLG Africa, in partnership with the Oriental Region of Morocco, organize the second edition of the African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting the local authorities in Africa, in the city of Saidia, in Eastern Morocco, from 25 to 26 April 2018.

18th Session of UCLG Africa Executive Committee

The 18th Session of UCLG Africa Executive Committee will be held on the 14th of May, 2018, in Rabat. The Executive Committee of UCLG Africa is the body responsible for the political leadership of UCLG Africa between sessions of the General Assembly of UCLG. The Executive Committee is made up of 16 members, 15 members representing each of the 5 regions of the continent (with 3 locally elected representatives from each of the 5 regions), and the President of the Network of Local Women in Africa (REFELA).

Launch of the Africities 8 Summit


UCLG Africa and the Moroccan Government will officially launch the Africities 8 Summit, on 15 May 2018 in Rabat. This ceremony will mark the beginning of the countdown to the actual holding of the summit scheduled for the 20 to 24 November 2018 in Marrakech. The theme for this 8th edition of Africities Summit is “The transition towards sustainable cities and territories: The role of African local governments.”