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The UCLG Culture Summit is the main meeting point at global level of cities, local governments and other stakeholders that are committed to the effective implementation of policies and programmes on culture and sustainability.
Since 2015, UCLG has convened three editions of the UCLG Culture Summit, which were respectively hosted by the City of Bilbao (Basque Country, Spain, March 2015), the Jeju Self-Governing Special Province (Jeju-do, Republic of Korea, May 2017), and the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (Argentina, April 2019). Following the success of the three first Culture Summit of UCLG, and considering the growing importance of culture in the framework of sustainable cities, the Executive Bureau of UCLG has decided to convene a 4th UCLG Culture Summit in 2021.
The 4th Culture Summit will be held in Izmir on next 9-11 September 2021, under the title “Culture: Shaping the Future”.
Website of the Summit: www.uclg-culturesummit2021.org/en/Home/Index
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.
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.
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.
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!
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