As part of the preparatory process for the third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development – Habitat III (17-21 October 2016, Quito, Ecuador), the Kingdom of Morocco, represented by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Policy, is organizing the first African Ministerial Forum on Housing and Urban Development (AMFHUD) on 11-12 May 2016, in Rabat. The theme is « Urban Policies and Sustainable Development ».
Jointly organized with UN-Habitat, this Forum is meant «to contribute, on a global scale, to the preparatory process leading to Habitat III, and to actively participate, on a regional scale, in addressing the issue of cities and their development and sustainability in Africa”, inform the organizational committee.
This meeting will also give Morocco an opportunity to showcase its approach in line with the New Urban Agenda, to be adopted by the international community at Habitat III, and to promote the post- 2015 Agenda spelt out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 11: « Make cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable ».
The event will also tackle the issue of city sustainability, while keeping an eye on climate change, as per the recommendations of COP21 (Paris, December 2015) and in preparation of COP22, which Morocco will be hosting in November 2016.
Nearly 300 participants are expected including African Ministers of Housing and Urban Development, mayors and other elected officials, academicians, and representatives of the civil society.
Some specifics objectives are:
-To enrich the process of Habitat III by involving Africa in the review of urban dynamics and city policies;
-To enhance the common position of the African Continent on the agenda for the sustainable development of Africa by 2030, as well as on the 2063 vision, as addressed during the Abuja Conference (February 2016).
-To align the forum, its objectives and recommendations on the Sustainable
Development Objectives, especially Objective 11 relating to cities and human settlements.
The first day will be dedicated to three thematic sessions in the form of expert panels
which will deal respectively with:
-Urban legislation and governance systems in relation with city policies – Institutional framework, modus operandi and accompanying instruments;
-Domestic urban policies for urban planning and land use – Domestic strategies,
territorial policies and metropolisation;
-Urban economy – Funding of urban operations and role of municipal finance, access to housing and basic services;
-Sustainable development in city policies – Environmental policies and resilience to climate change.
The second day will be dedicated to the future of cities in the African region. Participants will engage into two dialogues for an exchange of experiences and best practices:
-A first dialogue will cover the three pillars of the New Urban Agenda and their incorporation into city policies in Africa, in light of the stakes, challenges and constraints faced by the continent;
-A second dialogue will touch upon sustainable development as a fully-fledged
component of the urban agenda for Africa, in particular the modalities for formulation and incorporation into public policies.
Participants will also discuss to the future format of the African Ministerial Forum on Habitat and Urban Development. The proceedings will revolve around the four following themes:
-Partnership for Africa;
-«The Africa of cities » in the 21st century;
-The Forum’s sustainability mechanisms.