Cities Alliance Executive Committee

The UCLG Africa secretary general participated in the executive committee meeting of the Cities Alliance held Sunday 6 avril 2014 at the Sheraton Four Points Hotel in Medellin, Colombia.

The meeting was chaired by Mr. Josep Roig, UCLG world secretary general, and was attended by representatives from France, Germany, Philippines, Slum Dwellers International, UCLG, UN Habitat, and Cities Alliance secretariat.

The meeting discussed the draft 2014-2016 Mid Term Strategy of the Cities Alliance and the draft 2014 Work Program. It endorsed the updated Africa Strategy of the Cities Alliance which is organized around the following 5 focus areas:

  1.  Developing a pro-city narrative;
  2. Knowledge and data for city management;
  3. Empowered local governments;
  4. Addressing the challenge of informality;
  5. New actors, issues and challenges.

UCLG Africa is listed among the major partners for the implementation of focus areas 1 and 3. In focus area 1 it is expected that the UCLG Africa participate in the Expert Group in charge of producing a compelling pro-city narrative. Area focus 3 highlights strengthening the UCLG Africa in support of national municipal associations and the development and roll out of the City enabling environment initiative.

The meeting further approved the catalytic fund update, and the choice of Know Your City as its focus for the year 2014. The meeting adopted also the 2014 budget of the Cities Alliance as well as the performance indicators and monitoring system proposed by the secretariat. Finally the meeting endorsed the candidatures for Cities Alliance membership presented by DFID as full member; and that of Unicef and Ford Foundation as associate members.

The next meeting of the executive committee will be held in Brussels on September 8th, 2014. The next meeting of the consultative group will be held in Ethiopia during the first or second week of November 2014, the secretariat to communicate the exact dates after consultations of the members, and the authorities in Ethiopia.

For more informations, please read the Roundtable Conclusions.