Mohamed Boudra elected President of UCLG

Dr. Mohamed Boudra, Mayor of Al Hoceima (Morocco), candidate from Africa, was elected President of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) at the organization’s World Congress held on 15 November 2019 in Durban (South Africa). The result of the  first round was: Dr. Boudra, first with 100 votes; followed by Mr. Ilsur Metshin, Mayor of Kazan in Russia with 66 votes, and in third place Mr. Fernando Medina, Mayor of Lisbon in Portugal with 55 votes, which gave Mr. Boudra and Mr. Meltshin qualified for the second round scheduled for November 15, 2019, during which each candidate was required to submit a ticket including, in addition to himself, 5 co-chairs chosen from the 8 candidates selected for this position; and two Treasurers chosen from the 4 candidates selected for this position.

The second round, which was to be held on 15 November 2019, no longer took place, as the two candidates agreed to form a consensual presidential team in which all UCLG sections are represented, including the vice-presidents appointed by section. The new President of UCLG introduced the team with which he intends to lead the global organization during his three-year term (2019-2022). This team is composed as follows:

Presidency :

– Dr. Mohamed BOUDRA, President of UCLG;

– Ilsur METSHIN, President of the United Nations Advisory Committee on Local and Regional Authorities, UNACLA, Member of the UCLG Presidency.

Co-Presidents :

– Araya Johnny Monge Mayor of San Jose, Costa Rica (ASPAC Section) ;

– Igur Ibrahim Althay, Mayor of Konya, Turkey (Middle East and West Asia Section)

– Jan Van Zanen, Mayor of Utrecht, The Netherlands (Europe Section)

– Li Mingyang, Mayor of Xi’An, China (Asia Pacific Section)

– Thembisile Nkadimeng, Mayor of Polokwane, South Africa (Africa Section)

Ex-officio Co-President :

– Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, France, President of the Standing Committee on Gender Equality of UCLG

Treasurers :

– Alfelor Madelaine Yorobe, Mayor of Iriga, Philippines (Asia Pacific Section)

– Berry Vbranovic, Mayor of Kitchener, Canada (North America Chapter)

Vice-Presidents by section:

  • Africa: Mr. Armand Roland Pierre Béouindé, Mayor of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
  • ASIA-PACIFIC : Ms. Tri Rismaharini, Mayor of Surabaya, President of UCLG-ASPAC
  • EURASIA: Mr. Aysen Nikoalev, Head of Sakha Republic
  • EUROPE: Mr. Carlos Martinez, Mayor of Soria
  • MEWA : Mr. Mohamed Saadie, President of the Union of Dannieh Municipalities, President of UCLG-MEWA
  • Latine America : Mr. Christian Di Candia, Mayor of Montevideo (Uruguay)
  • North America: Mr. Bill Karsten, Councillor of Halifax Regional Municipality, President of FCM (Canada)
  • METROPOLIS Vice-Presidency: Michael Müller, Mayor of Berlin, President of Metropolis.

Moroccan Mohamed Boudra succeeds South African Parks Tau, who served as UCLG President from 2016 to 2019. With the election of Mohamed Boudra, Africa is entering its second consecutive term as President of UCLG for the period 2019-2022.

After the installation of the new presidential team Mr. Boudra congratulated his predecessor and the entire outgoing presidential team for the work they had done for the organization. In regard to the outgoing President, Mr. Parks Tau, he said: “We have not lost a President, because you will continue to be our President. But we have won a minister who will defend local and regional authorities. Thank you to South Africa for this congress, which I can call the Congress of the Union. The union of all UCLG sections“.

In his speech at the inauguration of his term as President of UCLG, Mr Mohamed Boudra said in particular:

Thank you to my peers for their confidence and for allowing me to be elected President of UCLG. The debates and exchanges were fascinating and full of lessons. I solemnly undertake to complete my commitments to raise our organization to the highest level. We have come here together with the concern to safeguard and strengthen the unity and strengthening of our world organization and we have succeeded”.

Local Africa rejoices

African delegates expressed their satisfaction at seeing the continent retain the leadership of the World organization.

It is a total satisfaction, all the more so as the bid has been in progress since the Executive Committee meeting in Cairo in June before continuing in Libreville in July 2019. The choice of Africa’s candidate was made according to a very democratic process and everyone was behind Mohamed Boudra because we thought he was the best candidate for Africa. Today the result is there, Mr. Boudra is elected President of UCLG World. It is Africa that is honoured, it is Gabon that is honoured,” said Léandre Nzué, President of UCLG Africa.

Africa remains at the helm of the global organization. Now we must remain dedicated and committed to further developing our World organization. The world is watching us and we need to propose viable solutions, and we are ready for that,” added Ms Thembisile Nkadimeng, elected Co-President of UCLG.

I am pleased to see that the world’s local elected representatives have kept the values of our organization. The values of making an election without rupture, an election without fracture.  We are also pleased to maintain this second term as an African and to ensure that our global institution remains a strong one,” continued Armand Béouindé, Mayor of Ouagadougou, elected UCLG Vice-President for Africa.

The next UCLG World Congress will be held in 2022 in the city of Daejeon in South Korea.

 

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Africa Unite Behind Dr. Mohamed BOUDRA for United Cities & Local Governments (UCLG) Presidency

UCLG Africa held its statutory meetings on November 9th, 2019 at Onomo Hotel in Durban, South Africa. The statutory meetings of UCLG Africa included the 22nd session of Executive committee and the meeting of the Pan-African Council. These meetings were held as a prelude to the UCLG World Congress that takes place from November 11th-15th, 2019 in the city of Durban.

The two meetings were officially opened by General Mahmoud Shaarawy, Minister of Local Development of Egypt, in the presence of General Khaled Abdel Aal, Governor of Cairo; Mr. Léandre Nzué, Mayor of Libreville (Gabon), President of UCLG Africa; Rev. Mpho Moruakgomo, President of BALA (Botswana); Vice-President of UCLG Africa for the Southern Africa Region, Mr. Mohamed Boudra, President of AMPCC (Morocco), Vice-President of UCLG Africa for the North Africa Region; Mrs. Soham El Wardini, Mayor of Dakar (Senegal), Vice-President of UCLG Africa for the West Africa Region; Mr. Uwimana Innocent, President of RALGA (Rwanda), Vice-President of UCLG Africa for the East Africa Region; Mrs. Fatna El-Khiel, Vice-President of REFELA for the North Africa region, and Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa.

The Minister, General Mahmoud Shaarawy and the Governor of the Governorate of Cairo, General Khaled Abdel Aal, reassured the members of the Executive Committee that the UCLG Africa regional office being set up for the North Africa region in Cairo, will be completed by the end of the year. They had also invited UCLG Africa members to participate to the second edition of the African Cities: “Engines of Sustainable Development” conference to be held in June 2020 in Cairo.

The Executive Committee and Pan-African Council members discussed participation in the UCLG Congress where Africa is contesting for the position of UCLG president for the 2019-2022 term. The candidate for Africa is Dr. Mohamed Boudra, Mayor of Al Hoceima, Morocco, President of the Moroccan Association of Local Governments (AMPCC) and Vice president of UCLG Africa for the North Africa Region.

All members of Pan-African Council reaffirmed their full support to Dr. Mohamed Boudra, the sole candidate for Africa. The President of UCLG Africa and the Vice President of REFELA called on all African mayors to mobilize the mayors of their twin cities of other continents to vote for Africa by supporting Dr. Boudra’s candidacy

“In Africa, women elect men. Our African candidate will be elected. We are committed and all African voices will go to him. We will advocate with other electors to vote for Dr. Boudra “, Mrs. Soham El Wardini, Mayor of Dakar (Senegal), Vice-President of UCLG Africa for the West Africa Region

The UCLG Africa delegates are already fully engaged in the campaign for a final victory. The first part of election is plan on 14th November evening, during the World Assembly of Local and Regional Governments. The second part will be on 15th November 2019.

The members attending the meeting raised the following points:

Liberation of Khalifa Sall

Leaders of UCLG Africa welcome the liberation of Mr. Khalifa Ababacar Sall, former Mayor of Dakar and former president of the organization. During his two years of incarceration, the support from African Local Governments was unwavering. On 17th April 2018 in Libreville, a specific mention of the support to UCLG Africa’s leader was published in the Declaration of UCLG Africa Region Strategic Meeting for the Central Africa Region.

Motion of support to the Mayor of Bamako

The members of Pan-African Council were also informed about the situation of the Mayor of Bamako (Mali), Adama Sangaré who has arrested and placed under a detention warrant. It was agreed to write a motion of support to Mayor Sangaré and plan for a UCLG Africa delegation to arrange a courtesy visit.

Declaration of solidarity to municipal movement of Burkina Faso and others countries dealing with the terrorist attacks

The Leaders of African Local Government also decided to produce a declaration to condemn the terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso and the other African countries such as Cameroon. These attacks have resulted in the death of many people including several Mayors.

It was also highlighted that the next Africities to be held in the city of Kisumu in Kenya from 16th to 23rd of November 2021. The theme for this edition will be “The Role of the Intermediary Cities in the Development of Africa”.

The Secretary General for UCLG Africa provided a project report including The Network of Elected Women (REFELA), Migration, Young Local Leaders, African Capitals of Culture, Territorial Africa Agency, Climate Task Force, Territorial Coaching and ALGA.

A point was made regarding REFELA campaigns for African Cities without Street Children that registered the signature of 60 cities, The Campaign for African Cities’ Zero Tolerance to Violence Against Women and Girls with 22 cities signing up, and finally The Campaign for African Cities for Women’s Economic Empowerment.

“REFELA want this campaign for African Cities without Street Children became a world campaign. We should remember the message of the King of Morocco in Africities 2018, It’s a matter of dignity for our self no to be a shame to have children sleeping in the street”, Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa.

Migration was also one of the key issues on the agenda of development in Africa. Considering the fact that African people move mainly inside the continent, the meetings appealed to Local Authorities to increase the number of the signatory cities for the Charter of Local and Regional Governments of Africa on Migration. Only 30 cities have signed this Charter since its adoption during the 8th edition of Africities summit in Marrakech, November 2018 yet every major city in Africa has to deal with the growing impact of urban population growth through economic migration.

Two meetings were scheduled on the 11th of November at the World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders. The first one is about young African leaders and the drive to establish an African network of young elected officials. The second meeting is The Africa Territorial Agency that aims to establish a financial vehicle to enable Local Authorities to access the financial markets.

ALGA has organized the third edition of the FAMI (African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting local governments). Several colleges have already been established and 169 officials elected and technical staff of municipalities have been trained including: Localizing the SDGs, Territorial Coaching, Human Capital at local level, Decentralized cooperation and local governance.

Since the decision to endorse the program of African Capitals of Culture, it has worked on three pillars: the strengthening of the department, the advocacy at the local, national, continental and international level and the finalization of the activities of the multi-year program that will see Marrakech awarded the 2020 title of African Cities of Culture 2020-2021.

Territorial Coaching will expand to all the provinces in the Oriental and the Beni Mellal Region in Morocco; as well as breaking into the international scene, around South-South cooperation carried by the Region of the Oriental and the Government of Morocco. This has seen the creation of a center for Territorial Coaching in Dakar and in Kaolack in Senegal, and further requests for intervention in the region of the Boucle du Nohoum in Burkina Faso, San Pedro in Côte d’Ivoire, and the City of Douala in Cameroon.

After prolonged advocacy and negotiations, UCLG Africa is now part of the climate change ecosystem at the African and global levels. UCLG Africa suggested an innovation to improve the ongoing process of reviewing the Nationally Defined Contributions (NDCs) under the Paris Agreement, namely the adoption of a bottom-up approach based on Locally Determined Conditions (LDCs), following a structured dialogue between the national and territorial levels of government. This approach was considered innovative enough to be presented at the United Nations Climate Summit convened by the Secretary General in September 2019 in New York.

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22nd SESSION OF UCLG AFRICA’s EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE IN DURBAN

UCLG Africa will hold the 22nd session of its Executive Committee on November 09, 2019  (9:00) at the Onomo Hotel in Durban, South Africa. The meeting will be held as a prelude to the UCLG World Congress that will take place from November 11-15, 2019 in the city of Durban. The session will adopt the 2020 budget of UCLG Africa and discuss African participation in the UCLG World Congress.

We recall that Africa is contesting for the position of UCLG president for the 2019-2022 term. The candidate who represent Africa for this position is Dr. Mohamed Boudra, Mayor of Al Hoceima, Morocco, President of the Moroccan Association of Local Governments (AMPCC) and Vice president of UCLG Africa for North Africa Region.

The following leaders of UCLG Africa be participating in this meeting:

Mr. Léandre Nzué, Mayor of Libreville (Gabon), President of UCLG Africa.

Rev. Mpho Moruakgomo, President of BALA (Botswana), Vice-President of UCLG Africa for the Southern Africa Region;

Mr. Mohammed Boudra, President of AMPCC (Morocco), Vice-President of UCLG Africa for the North Africa Region;

Mrs. Soham El Wardini, Mayor of Dakar (Senegal), Vice-President of UCLG Africa for the West Africa Region;

Mr. Uwimana Innocent, President of RALGA (Rwanda), Vice-President of UCLG Africa for the East Africa Region;

Mrs. Dao Macoura, Mayor of Foumbolo (Côte d’Ivoire), President of REFELA (Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa);

Ms. Thembisile Nkadimeng, President of SALGA (South Africa);

Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa.

Following the morning meeting of the Executive Committee, UCLG Africa’s Pan-African Council meeting will be held at the same venue from 3pm. Participants in the Pan-African Council meeting will focus on the activities of the UCLG Congress and the organization of the Africities 2021 Summit in Kisumu, Kenya.

As a reminder, UCLG Africa’s Executive Committee is the body in charge of the political leadership of the organization. The Executive Committee is comprised of 16 members, 15 members equally representing each of the 5 regions of the continent, (3 for each of the 5 regions), plus the President of the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA). UCLG Africa’s Pan-African Council is made up of forty-five (45) active members, nine (9) for each African sub-region.

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6th International Conference of the MIDDLE EAST & NORTH AFRICA PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION RESEARCH (MENAPAR)

From 28th to 31st October 2019, the annual conference of the Middle East & North Africa Public Administration Research (MENAPAR) will be held  at Al-Akhawayn University in Ifrane (Morocco). The conference is organize by MENAPAR, Bahrain Institute for Public Administration, Al Akhawayn University, African Local Governments Academy(ALGA) of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa),  UNDP,  International Institutes of Administrative Science(IISA), in partnership with  the National High School for Administration (ENSA, Morocco), the Aix-Marseille University ( France) and the University di Roma (Italy).

The theme of this 6th international conference of the MENAPAR is:” Public Administration Research and South-South Cooperation for the Achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in the Arab Region “. As a regional member of the Global South, MENAPAR’s vision of creating “a highly developed Arab region via sound public administration” is aptly aligned with this global (Agenda 2030) and continental (Agenda 2063 of Africa Union) visions and mandates.

The objectives of the conference are:

  • To identify the status of South-South Cooperation vis-à-vis public administration in the Arab region;
  • To identify gaps in public administration of the region vis-à-vis the SDGs;
  • To identify the status of the achievement of the SDGs in the Arab region;
  • To analyze the relationship between the three spaces of PA, SSC, and SDGs in the Arab context;
  • To identify resources (financial and otherwise) from within and outside the Arab region that can support the achievement of the SDGs in the Arab region;
  • To evaluate the impact of existing relevant Arab programs and projects related to PA, SSC, and the SDGs;
  • To highlight and value the best practices.

The Conference will be marked by 2 special events:

  • The Best Practices Panel where more than 30 experiences from the Arab Region will be presented ;
  • The presentation of the translation of the Book on “Understanding Public Administration” of Prof. Michiel De Vries (Netherlands) from English to Arabic.

The opening ceremony will take place on Tuesday 29 October 2019 in presence of:

Dr. Raed BIn Shams, MENAPAR President, Director General of BIPA, Bahrain.

Dr. Driss Ouaouicha, Minister Delegate to the Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, in charge of Higher Education and Scientific Research, President of Al Akhawayn University or his Representative, Morocco.

Honourable  Mr  Hicham Afifi, Mayor of the City of Ifrane, Morocco.

Prof. Brahim ZYANI, Chairperson of the Moroccan Public Administration Observatory(OMAP), Special Advisor to the Secretary General of the Moroccan Government, Morocco.

Dr. Najat Zarrouk, Director of African Local Government Acadamy (ALGA) of UCLG Africa.

Nearly 200 stakeholders are expected to attend the conference, issue from International Organizations, Public Administrations and Institutions, Academia and Training Centers, Researchers and Experts, Practitioners, PhD students, Private Sector and Civil Society.

The national and the international press (based in Morocco) are invited to cover the opening ceremony on Tuesday 29 October 2019, at 9:00 am at the Al Akhawayn University – Conference Center (Auditorium).

On Monday 28 October, 2019, the Conference will start by the Best Practices Panel.

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ABOUT THE ORGANIZERS:

MENAPAR (www.menapar.org)

The Middle East and North Africa Public Administration Research (MENAPAR) is a registered international NGO with its Secretariat in Bahrain and serving the MENA region. It is open to international membership. MENAPAR is the regional arm of the International Institute of Administrative Sciences (IIAS) and also a member of the Global Coalition of Think Tank Networks (GCTTN) for South-South Cooperation. It is a joint effort of the Bahrain Institute of Public Administration (BIPA) and UNDP-Bahrain with approximately 70 members (20 institutional and 50 individual), spanning 13 Arab and 3 non-Arab countries . MENAPAR in its intrinsic nature is a model of South-South Cooperation (SSC) for knowledge creation and exchanges that occur among member organizations and individuals from government and the civil society.

MENAPAR was conceptualized by BIPA in June 2013 and has since conducted annual conferences in Bahrain, Tunisia, Oman, Palestine and Spain (2014-2018) showcasing approximately 500 scientific papers. MENAPAR’s mandate is the development and implementation of an Arab regional research agenda that promotes evidence-based policy and decision-making in public administration through developing thinking and a research culture about strategic issues in Arab PA for human development; building research capacities within Arab PA and building networks and harnessing their collective efforts to set the cause of PA in the region for its citizens and residents.

Al-Akhawayn University (www.aui.ma)

Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane is an independent, public, not-for-profit, coeducational, Moroccan university committed to educating future citizen-leaders of Morocco and the world through a globally oriented, English-language, liberal arts curriculum. The university enhances Morocco and engages the world through leading-edge educational and research programs, including continuing and executive education, upholds the highest academic and ethical standards, and promotes equity and social responsibility.

Founded in 1993 by Royal decree, Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane opened its doors to students in January 1995. Based on the principles of diversity and an international outlook, the university’s mission is driven by values of human solidarity and tolerance. Al Akhawayn has modeled its administrative, pedagogical, and academic organization on the American university system, and English is the language of instruction. Still in its infancy, the university has already developed a national and international reputation for its unique identity and potential.

 

UCLG AFRICA AND ALGA

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) is the umbrella organization and united voice that represents local Governments throughout the African continent. UCLG Africa brings together more than 350 million African citizens, more than 40 national associations and more than 2,000 cities. Promoting decentralization in Africa and within African Local Governments as autonomous and distinct spheres of Government, as well as contributing to the unity of the African continent thanks to the dynamism of the local Governments are parts of the main missions of UCLG Africa.

www.uclga.org@UCLGAfrica

Created in 2009 and operational since 2016, the African Local Governments Academy (ALGA) Is a subsidiary body of UCLG Africa which mission is to promot quality standards for training and capacity-building targeting the Local Government, invest in the human capital of these entities and anchor local performance and professionalism in Africa (www.uclgafrica-alga.org ).

Rooting Climate Action at the Local Level


25th September, Bilateral Meetings, UCLG Africa – New York.

United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) played host to several bilateral meetings as part of the UN Climate Action Summit in New York, starting with a High Level Side Event that paved the way for several meetings with African ministers throughout the week.
After the signing of an MoU between UCLG Africa’s Climate Task Force and The West African Development Bank, the Vice President of UCLG Africa for the North Africa Region, Dr Mohamed Boudra, stated in his introductory remarks that, “the fight against climate change will be lost or won in cities and territories.” This was echoed by many of the cities and regional governments, partners and networks throughout the week.
The MOU sets out the main objectives of each partner which includes

For UCLG Africa
– Promoting decentralization where sub national and local governments are legally recognised with financial autonomy
– Enhancing the capacity of local government so that they are able to provide better and more resilient services to the population, that drives climate action from the grassroots up
and for the West African Development Bank
– To contribute to the economic development by financing priority projects for rural development, the environment and basic infrastructure that complements the objectives of climate action and reducing global temperature rises.

UCLG Africa’s Climate Task Force is part of a wider family, known as the Global Task Force, that showcases the ways in which local governments are leading from the bottom-up. It is these members, made up of local and regional governments, that have been able to create the only UN non-state stakeholder mechanism to develop and coordinate inputs into policy.
The High Level Meeting heard commitments from the West African Development Bank, the European Investment Bank and the African Development Bank to fund bankable projects from local governments. Anthony Okon Nyong, Director of Climate Change and Green Growth from the African Development Bank, stated, “we will address challenges and make sure local governments and sub-national entities have access to climate finance.”

The UN Climate Action Summit had expectations of more concrete promises from countries around the world. Africa needs to take bold and ambitious steps to implement climate action. It is these actions which need to be localised and which can only be realised with access to climate finance.
The signing of the MOU marks the beginning of the process to support sub national and local governments engage in the vertical integration of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) with Locally Determined Contributions (LDCs). This will be followed by the development of bankable African solutions that seriously address our climate challenges and can impact on the targets set out by climate experts in a concrete and tangible way.

One of the innovations includes a contractual process between the national government and local and regional governments for the implementation of the Paris Agreement. This represents a significant step forward in monitoring the implementation of the NDCs compared to the simple “shame and blame” procedure adopted in the Paris Agreement in the event of non-compliance by any state party with the commitments it has undertaken, as pointed out by the UCLG Africa Secretary General. It has now been largely accepted that better involvement of local and regional governments in climate action is essential to win this race and in this respect, it has been proposed that this revision start with the (LDCs). Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa states that, “This bottom-up approach is likely to promote greater ownership and harmonization of the climate agenda at all levels of governance.”

Meeting with countries from across Africa will continue throughout the year and UCLG Africa will advocate for starting the revision of NDCs with the elaboration of LDCs. The next steps for UCLG Africa and partners include the Conference of the Covenant of Mayors for Sub Saharan Africa CoM SSA, featuring at the Climate Chance Summit – Africa 2019, in Accra, Ghana from the 16th – 18th October. This will showcase the work being done with cities and local and regional governments as key stakeholders in climate action. The Summit in Accra will look at the foundations of a bottom up approach that has been built to fight against climate change and will also look at lessons learned from the CoM SSA pilot, we will also address the role of non-state actors within the climate ecosystem and the importance of national associations of local and regional governments as implementing partners for all climate finance mechanisms and institutions including the GEF, the Adaptation Facility and the Green Climate Fund.


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Scaling Up Climate Finance for Cities and Local Governments of Africa

New York, USA – 22nd September 2019, Hotel Grand Hyatt at the eve of the UN Climate Action Summit in New York the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa’s Climate Task Force will host a High Level Side Event at the Hotel Grand Hyatt between 16.00 – 18.00.

This week has seen unprecedented reactions from millions of people across the world, many of them youth that have been taking part in protests calling for action against climate change. Cities and Local Governments from across Africa also joined climate strikes as the vulnerabilities of climate change continue to devastate the continent with storms like tropical cyclone idai that killed more than 1,300 people earlier this year to deforestation through human activity that is plaguing Sub-Sahara Africa. Youth have taken to the streets and demonstrated across African cities from Ghana to Lagos, Nairobi to South Africa demanding climate justice for all.

Stepping up climate action in Africa will take creative thinking and new and innovative approaches to win this race. This is particularly an issue for countries committed to the Paris Agreement and Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). The United Cities and Local Governments of Africa and it’s Climate Task Force have held structured dialogues with Ministers, cities, sub national and local government leaders to highlight the pressing need for the localisation of these contributions. During the Abidjan Dialogue back in 2017 the phrase was coined by UCLG Africa Climate Task Force Locally Determined Contributions (LDCs) that will be critical to improve the ambition of countries’ NDCs and to meet the long-term temperature goals. It is clear that to achieve this requires all stakeholders, to be involved in localised actions. This process will lead to a better inclusion of the contributions of the city and local governments in the definition of the Nationally Determined Contributions. To that regard, UCLG Africa has also proposed an innovation in the formulation of the LDCs to be done in the framework of institutionalised horizontal multi-stakeholders and vertical multi-governance structured dialogues, following which contractual arrangements will be concluded for the effective implementation of the NDCs on the ground, at the level of cities and territories, where the bulk of the actions to address climate change challenges must be undertaken. Jean-Pierre Elong-Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa emphasises that “the fight against climate change will be lost or won in cities and territories, depending on the way and urgency in which leaders of local and regional governments invest in, or be associated to climate action.”

The High Level Event will boost a range of high-profile speakers and they will set out the challenges and opportunities for financing adaptation and mitigation efforts across Africa over two informative interactive panel sessions, including a review of the legal and institutional conditions, and scaling up and accessing climate finance.

The event will be opened by

– Mr Jean-Pierre Elong-Mbassi – Secretary General, UCLG Africa

– Mr. Basary TOURE the Vice-President of the West African Development Bank (BOAD)

– Mr Mohammed Boudra, Vice President of the UCLG Africa

The two panel sessions will be facilitated by

– Tomasz Chruszczow, High Level Climate Champion “COP 24”

– Mr Jean-Pierre Elong-Mbassi – Secretary General, UCLG Africa

The first panel, will address the legal and institutional conditions that should be in place to ensure that climate finance reaches the city and local governments in order to speed up NDCs’ implementation and improve their ambition. This panel will include decision-making leaders at the national, city and local government level from across Africa and will include

– H.E Mr. Lee James Taylor WHITE, Forestry & environment Minister, GABON

– H.E Mr. Joseph Seka Seka, Minister of Environment of COTE d’IVOIRE

– H.E Mr. Lassané KABONE, Minister of Economy, Finance and Development, Minister Delegate for Development, Burkina Faso

– Ms. Quite Djata, State Secretary for the Environment and Biodiversity, GUINEA BISSAU

– Hon. Mohamed Adjei Sowa, Mayor of Accra, GHANA

– Mr. Gorißen Norbert, Deputy Director General, German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

The second panel will specifically address the financing of the NDCs implementation, especially at the city and territorial level. The issue of the eligibility of climate projects presented by city and territorial governments will be discussed in terms of their amount, scope, sectors, maturity period with the view of scaling up climate finance in Africa ensuring that Africa is not “short changed” and is able to access green finance and implement climate action on the ground and will include

– Mr. Anthony Nyong, Director for Climate Change and Green Growth African Development Bank (AfDB)

– Mr. Basary Touré, Vice-President of the West African Development Bank (BOAD)

– Vice President of the European Investment Bank (EIB)

– Ms. Angela Churie Kallhauge, Senior Climate Change Specialist/ Head, Carbon World Bank

– Mr. Jahan Chowdhury, Director of Country Engagement NDC PARTNERSHIP

The event will be closed with the official signing of the MOU between UCLG Africa’s Climate Task Force and the West African Development Bank. Followed by a cocktail reception.

Official signing of the MOU will take place at 18.00

Hotel Grand Hyatt New York 109th and 42nd Street | New York, NY 10017

The first steps in the drafting of the “Local authorities Charter for gender equality in Africa”

On Thursday 4 July 2019, the first meeting of the Europe-Africa committee to draft the “Local authorities Charter for gender equality in Africa” was held at the Paris City Hall (France).

This 1st meeting is part of the implementation of the “Europe-Africa Pact for Local Equality” adopted in November 2018 by women mayors and local elected representatives, during the 8th edition of the Africities Summit, and signed by the Network of Women Elected and Leaders of Local Authorities in Africa (REFELA) of UCLG Africa, the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR)-Platforma and the World Organization of Local and Regional Governments (UCLG).

The meeting was opened in the presence of Mr. Pierre Aidenbaum,the mayor of the 3rd arrondissement of Paris, Mr. Frédéric Vallier, CEMR Secretary General, Mrs Dao Macoura Coulibaly, President of REFELA, Mrs Henriette Essame, Vice-President of REFELA for the Central African region, Mrs Irma Juliandres Harilalaina, Vice-President of REFELA for the East African region.

The meeting’s agenda included:

-The presentation of the draft charter development process using a participatory approach,

-Presentation of the questionnaire for the online consultation,

– The presentation of the European Charter;

– A discussion on the draft approach and key questions;

– Adoption of the calendar of upcoming activities;

A brief presentation of the UCLG World Congress scheduled for 11-15 November 2019 in Durban, South Africa.

In her speech, Mrs Macoura Dao, President of REFELA, expressed particular interest in seeing the charter adopted at the Durban Congress. “The next important event is the UCLG World Congress in November 2019. We would like to see this Charter finalized by the time this congress is held so that it can be discussed and adopted on this occasion,” she said.

The meeting, moderated by Mr Emil Broberg, President of CEMR’s Standing Committee for Equality and member of the Swedish Association of Local and Regional Authorities, was marked by very relevant exchanges and the sharing of information and proposals that enriched the drafting process of the charter.

The name of the committee has changed to: The Africa-Europe Committee for Consultation and Support to the Charter, has set itself the task of monitoring and supporting the drafting of the Charter; stressing that the Charter must be an African product. The speakers insisted on the fact that the consultation of mayors and elected women and men of African cities and communities should be broadened for their participation in this drafting process and to guarantee, from this stage, better information and communication on the Charter and thus enable it to be better anchored once it has been drafted and adopted.

One of the main recommendations is to take the time necessary for the drafting of the first drafts of this charter by the internal working group of REFELA UCLG Africa and to submit it to committee meetings, or even workshops and events such as the 6th UCLG World Congress for consultation for their enrichment; the important thing is to produce a final version of this charter in line with the expectations of local governments in Africa.

The drafting committee also approved the draft approach for the elaboration of the “Charter of Local Authorities for Gender Equality in Africa”, the online consultation platform and the Committee’s calendar of upcoming activities for the period 2019-2021.

The main steps include:

– The organization of a session during the UCLG World Congress in Durban (11-15 November 2019) by UCLG Africa, in collaboration with CEMR and with the support of UCLG, to present the Pact and the drafting plan of the Charter, and to encourage the emergence of a debate at international level, in particular by convening the participation of other regional sections of UCLG;

– The preparation, organization and implementation by CEMR and UCLG Africa, with the support of UCLG, of the second working meeting of the Drafting Committee and a session during the Europe-Africa Forum to present the Pact and the draft charter for approval (during 2020);

– The finalization of the charter and the production of a strategic plan for information, dissemination and advocacy for the adhesion and signature of the charter;

– The preparation, organization and implementation by UCLG Africa and CEMR, with the support of UCLG, of a presentation, information, dissemination and advocacy session on the Pact, aimed at encouraging adherence to the Charter and launching the process of signing the Charter during the 9th Africities Summit of UCLG Africa in Kenya, (16-20 November 2021).

As a reminder, the elaboration of the charter aims to meet the commitments made by local elected officials at the level of the African continent and at the international level. With regard to : The Solemn Declaration on Gender Equality in Africa (2008), the principles and aspiration 6 of the African Union’s Vision 2063, 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly SDG5: achieve gender equality by empowering women and girls by 2030; The commitments made by REFELA-UCLG Africa and CEMR with the support of UCLG, to translate the Declaration of the Abidjan Europe-Africa Forum (2017) into action, mainly on gender equality at local level in Africa. One of the conclusions of the Forum was to work to strengthen the role of women in the governance of local and regional authorities in Africa, and to develop an African Local and Regional Authorities Charter for Gender Equality.

“PLATFORMA, a project co-financed by the European Union, is the pan-European coalition of towns and regions – and the associations representing them – active in development cooperation”

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African Capitals of Culture: Seminar on “Territorial Action for Effective Decentralization”    

The House of Representatives of the Marrakech Safi Region inaugurated, on 24 June 2019, the seminar “Territorial Action for Effective Decentralization” which brings together, until 30 June, in Marrakech, the African regions partners of the Marrakech Safi Region. On this occasion, Mr Ahmed Akhchichine, President of the Marrakech Safi Region and Mrs Aouatif Berdaï, Vice-President of the Municipality of Marrakech, demonstrated the commitment of the Marrakech Safi Region and the Municipality of Marrakech and affirmed the dynamic that unites them to the organizing committee of the African Capitals of Culture led by UCLG Africa (United Cities and Local Governments of Africa), to make Marrakech 2020 the first African Capital of Culture. The message is strong and clear: Marrakech is at the forefront of the development and strengthening of ties between Africa and Morocco and this ambition is demonstrated in the partnerships and opportunities that Marrakech and its Region can offer to Africa and Morocco.

During a visit to Marrakech City Hall, Mrs. Aouatif Berdai, Vice-President of the Municipality of Marrakech, introduced Marrakech 2020 and called on the delegations present to participate in the programme. During the discussions, a draft cooperation agreement between the Commune of Marrakech and the Commune of Agadez in Niger was put forward. The Municipality of Marrakech and the Region of Marrakech wish to make this Capital Year “a festive year for Africa, Morocco and Marrakech”. It’s in these terms that the President of the Marrakech Safi Region, Mr Ahmed Akhchichine, joins the invitation of the Municipality of Marrakech to ensure that the partner cities and territories of Marrakech and its Region join the Marrakech 2020 process and the African Capitals of Culture “For cities, territories and their civil societies, acting as a network in a continental dynamic, sustainable, inclusive and supportive”.

 

 

 

Press Release-Meetings of Statutory Bodies of UCLG Africa (Cairo, Egypt)

At the invitation of the Ministry of Local Development of the Arab Republic of Egypt, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) held its first statutory meetings on 17 and 18 June 2019 at the Conrad Hotel in Cairo, Egypt, after the organization’s general assembly held in Marrakesh, Morocco, on 23 November 2018.

The statutory meetings of UCLG Africa included the first meeting of the Bureau of Women Elected and Leaders of Local and Subnational Governments in Africa (REFELA); and the 20th session of the Executive Committee of UCLGA Africa.

These meetings were officially opened by General Mahmoud Shaarawy, Minister of Local Development of Egypt, in the presence of General Khaled Abdel Aal, Governor of the Governorate of Cairo, and Mr Mohamed Boudra, Vice-President of UCLG Africa for the North Africa region.

The REFELA Bureau meeting reviewed and adopted the REFELA Action Plan for the period 2019-2021, focusing on its three main campaigns: the African Cities without Children on the Street Campaign; the African Cities with Zero Tolerance to All Forms of Violence against Women and Girls Campaign; and the African Cities Campaign for Women’s Economic Empowerment.

The meeting also elected a new President of REFELA in the person of Mrs Dao Macoura, Mayor of Foumbolo in Côte d’Ivoire, and Vice-President of REFELA for the West African region. Ms Macoura replaces Ms Célestine KETCHA, who has been appointed Minister of the Government of the Republic of Cameroon. The REFELA Bureau meeting also elected Mrs Mboula, épse Essame Elise Henriette, Mayor of Nkongsamba 3 Municipal District and President of the REFELA National Section in Cameroon, REFELA Vice-President for the Central African region.

The REFELA Bureau then congratulated and installed the REFELA national section in Egypt and its President, Mrs Manal Awad Mikhail, Governor, Governorate of Damietta (Egypt).

The REFELA Bureau also welcomed the proposal to include the members of the REFELA Bureau among the African candidates to be elected to the UCLG World Council at the next UCLG World Congress scheduled for 11-15 November 2019 in Durban, South Africa; and also to include the REFELA President among the African candidates to sit on the UCLG World Executive Bureau.

At the opening of the 20th session of the Executive Committee of UCLG Africa, the members first received the profession of faith from Mr Léandre Nzue, who, in his capacity as newly elected Mayor of Libreville, was installed as the new President of UCLG Africa for the period 2019 to 2021, and therefore chaired this 20th session of the Executive Committee.

The Executive Committee examined the organization’s financial reports, including the execution of the budget and the audited accounts for the 2018 financial year. He also invited members to honor their membership dues obligations in order to strengthen the organization and enable it to implement its action plan. At the end of these deliberations, the members of the Executive Committee approved the accounts and discharged the Secretary General for the management of the 2018 financial year.

The members of the Executive Committee then discussed the issue of UCLG Africa’s regional offices. The Secretary General informed that with the establishment of the North Africa Regional Office (NARO) in Cairo, scheduled to open on 19 June 2019, UCLG Africa should have completed the establishment of its regional offices by the end of 2019 as initially planned; except that the Regional Office for the Central African Region, which was supposed to be operational in Yaoundé, Cameroon, since 2015, has still not materialized despite several reminders.

The members of the Executive Committee appreciated Egypt’s offer to host the North Africa Regional Office (NARO) and welcomed the proposal to inaugurate the North Africa Regional Office (NARO) on 19 June 2019.

In order to comply with the initial plan to complete the establishment of the regional offices by the end of 2019, the President proposed that the Executive Committee consider the offer of the city of Libreville to host the Regional Office for Central Africa (CARO). This proposal was unanimously approved by the Executive Committee. The UCLG Africa Regional Office for Central Africa will now be established in Libreville, Gabon, with the responsibility for the Secretary General of UCLG Africa to take the necessary steps with the Gabonese authorities to formalize and implement this decision as soon as possible.

The members of the Executive Committee then discussed two other important issues: first, the organization of the next Africities Summit to be held in 2021 in Kisumu, Kenya; and Africa’s representation in the bodies of the World Organization of UCLG for the period 2020-2022.

Regarding Africities 2021, the Governor of Kisumu County, speaking on behalf of the Kenyan delegation led by the Minister of Devolution, presented the state of preparation of the 9th edition of the Africities Summit. The Committee welcomed the progress made so far in the preparations and the offer made by the President of the AMPCC of Morocco to assist the various Kenyan teams to better prepare for the Summit if they so wish.

With regard to Africa’s representation in UCLG’s World bodies, and in accordance with the requirement that, to be eligible, any list of candidates for UCLG bodies must have at least 30 per cent women, the Executive Committee has nominated 45 candidates from Africa to sit on the UCLG World Council, and 15 candidates from Africa to sit on the UCLG World Executive Board.

The Executive Committee then deliberated on the representation of Africa at the level of the UCLG Presidency, first for the nomination of Africa’s candidate for the post of Vice President Africa of UCLG, and for the merits for Africa to stand for the post of World President of UCLG. This discussion follows the appointment of the current President of UCLG, Mr. Parks Tau as Deputy Minister in the Government of South Africa, which means that he can no longer run for a second term as World President of UCLG. However, the custom observed so far in UCLG management is that each region presides over UCLG for two successive terms. On the basis of the observed track record, the Executive Committee decided that Africa would nominate a candidate for the position of UCLG World President at the next UCLG World Congress scheduled for 11-15 November 2019 in Durban, South Africa. Consultations will continue between members to agree on the name of the African candidate for the position of Vice-President Africa of UCLG, and on the name of the African candidate for the position of World President of UCLG. These consultations should be completed in the next few weeks and no later than 15 July 2019.

Finally, the members of the Executive Committee welcomed the establishment of the Africa Territorial Agency, a financial institution designed to raise funds on the financial market to direct them towards investments within African cities and territories. In this regard, they encouraged cities and territories to subscribe to the cooperative society created for this purpose, and called on African governments to support this initiative.

The members of the Executive Committee also approved the takeover of the African Capitals of Culture program by UCLG Africa, whose first celebration will e held in Marrakesh in 2020/2021.

The members of the Executive Committee finally agreed that UCLG Africa should be involved in the Door of Our Return initiative launched by the Afro-Descendants of the Americas and asked the Secretary General to take necessary steps tp make this involvement a reality.

Within the framework and following of the meetings of UCLG Africa’s bodiesan international Conference was also organized from 18 to 20 June 2019 at the Conrad Hotel in Cairo, under the High Patronage of the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt, His Excellency Mr. Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, on the theme: “African Cities: Engines of Sustainable Development”. The following collaborated in the organization of this Conference: the Ministry of Local Development of Egypt, UCLG Africa, UN Habitat, and the European Union.

This Conference was officially opened by the Prime Minister of Egypt, Dr. Mostafa Madbouli, and was attended by a large number of Ministers from the Government of Egypt; members of the Bureau of the Specialized Technical Committee of the African Union (STC 8) comprising African Ministers of Public Service, Urban Development and Housing, Decentralization and Local Governments; members of the Executive Committee of UCLG Africa and the REFELA Bureau; representatives of civil society organizations and academia; and representatives of development partners.

Attached are the conclusions of the Conference proceedings presented by the Minister of Local Development of Egypt. The final report of this Conference will be released in due course.

Cairo, 21 June 2019

The Secretary General of UCLG Africa

The conclusions of the work of the Conference available here
PDF version available here

Local Elected Women of Africa in the spotlight in Egypt

The first meeting of the Bureau of the Network of Locally Elected Women and Territorial Leaders of Africa (REFELA), was held on June 17, 2019, in Cairo, Egypt. The meeting was officially opened by Mr. Mahmoud Shaarawy, Minister of Local Development of Egypt, in the presence of Mrs. Manal Awad, Governor of Damietta; Mrs. Fatna El Khiel, Secretary of State for Housing in Morocco and Vice-President of North Africa for REFELA; Mr. Mohamed Boudra, Vice-President of UCLG Africa for North Africa; and Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa.

The meeting’s agenda included:

– The adoption of REFELA’s three-year work plan for the period 2019-2021;

– The participation of REFELA members in the UCLG World Congress, to be held from

November 11-15, 2019 in Durban, South Africa;

– The election of the President of REFELA;

– The election of the Vice President of REFELA for the Central Africa Region;

– The installation of the national chapter of REFELA in Egypt.

The REFELA Three-Year Plan for the period 2019-2021 provides for:

– The broadening of the implementation of REFELA national chapters in all African countries.

– The launch of activities of the three campaigns adopted by the Network’s General Assembly

at the Africities Summit held in Marrakech, Morocco in November 2018, namely: (1) The

campaign for African Cities without Street Children, sponsored by Princess Lalla Meryem of

Morocco; (2) the campaign for African Cities’ Zero Tolerance to Violence Against Women

and Girls; and (3) the campaign for African cities in favor of women’s economic

empowerment and female leadership;

– The elaboration of the Charter of Local and Regional Authorities for Gender Equality in

Africa;

  • The mobilization of funding for the implementation of activities provided for REFELA’s Three-Year Plan (2019-2021).

REFELA had 23 national chapters at the close of 2018. The objective is to increase this figure to 36 by the end of 2020 and to have chapters in all African countries by the end of 2021.

In order to comply with the requirements to include at least 30 per cent of women on the lists of candidates for the UCLG World Council, it has been proposed to include the 15 members of the REFELA Executive Board amongst the 45 candidates that Africa intends to present to sit on the UCLG World Council for the period 2020-2022.

In accordance with REFELA’s Internal Regulations, Mrs. Dao Macoura, Mayor of Foumbolo in Côte d’Ivoire, Vice President of REFELA for the West African Region, was elected President of REFELA for the period 2019-2021, replacing Mrs. Célestine Ketcha-Courtes who became a member of the Government in Cameroon. Mrs. Mboula, wife Essame Elise Henriette, was elected Vice President of REFELA for the Central African Region for the same period.

The REFELA Bureau installed the national chapter of REFELA in Egypt, whose President is Mrs. Manal Awad, Governor of Damietta.

In her inaugural speech as President of REFELA, Mrs. Dao stated:

“First of all, let me thank the people and authorities of Egypt for the quality of the welcome we have received since our arrival in Cairo. I would particularly like to thank His Excellency the President of the Republic of Egypt and convey to him the sincere congratulations of the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa for his brilliant election as President of the African Union. I would also like to thank the Egyptian government for encouraging and supporting the establishment of a national chapter of REFELA in Egypt (…) I would like to recall that the leitmotif of REFELA is to promote greater participation of women in the governance of local authorities and a better integration of women’s concerns into the policies pursued in our cities and territories (…) The statutes of UCLG Africa stipulate that wherever there is a national association of local authorities, the national chapter of REFELA must be considered as the permanent “Gender Equality” commission of the said national association. The fact that Egypt has accepted the establishment of a national chapter of REFELA reassures us of Egypt’s willingness to take better account of women’s place and concerns in the governance of Egypt’s cities and territories. We would like to congratulate the women leaders and members of the territorial assemblies of Egypt for this noble initiative and assure them of the constant support of the REFELA Executive Board.”

REFELA Egypt was officially installed by the new President of REFELA, Mrs. Macoura Coulibaly Dao; Mrs. Fatna El Khiel, Secretary of State for Housing in Morocco and Vice-President of North Africa for REFELA; and Mr. Mohamed Boudra, Vice-President of UCLG Africa for North Africa. They congratulated its President, Mrs. Manal Awad, Governor of Damietta, for the extraordinary work accomplished since the 8th Africities Summit in Marrakech, November 2018, to unite Egyptian women leaders from local authorities within REFELA Egypt.

Dr. Maya Mosi, President of the National Council of Women of Egypt, has made commitments to improve the representation of women on the executives of Egypt’s governorates and in all elected councils of Egyptian cities and local authorities, following the example of other African countries.

To mark the event organized in Cairo, Mrs. Chrystel Limbourg Iwenga, 2nd Deputy Mayor of Libreville in Gabon, President of UCLG Africa, presented a memoire on behalf of all the women mayor leaders and local elected representatives of Africa, to the President of REFELA, Mrs. Macoura Coulibaly Dao; Mrs Fatna El Khiel, Secretary of State for Housing in Morocco and Vice-President of North Africa for REFELA; Dr. Maya Mosi, President of the National Council of Women of Egypt, and Mrs. Manal Awad, Governor of Damiette, President of REFELA-Egypt.

 

Download the press release here. 
Read the declaration of Mrs. Dao here.

 

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