On 14 & 15 March 2022, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) is holding a regional caucus for the members of the Southern Africa Region in Pretoria (South Africa) at Capital Menlyn Maine hotel, in collaboration with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA).
This is the fifth and the last in a series of regional caucuses organized in preparation for the 9th Africities Summit to be held from 17 to 21 May 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya. The theme of the Summit is: «The Role of Intermediary Cities of Africa in the Implementation of Agenda 2030 of the United Nations and the African Union Agenda 2063 ».
The caucus brings together the chairpersons and permanent secretaries of the national associations of subnational and local governments of Southern Africa countries, as well as the chairpersons of the country chapters of the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA) and a representative of young elected officials aged of 35 and below that are going to be part of the Network of young local elected officials (YELO).
The caucus will offer the UCLG Africa members from the Southern Africa Region the opportunity to reflect on their participation in the upcoming Summit, going through the agenda of the Summit and highlighting their contribution on priority issues being discussed during the Summit, particularly at the special events mentioned in the program, namely, the Climate Day; the Diaspora Day; the Culture Day; the Digital Day; the Urban Development Day; the Housing Day; the Women’s Day; the Youth Day; and the Africities investment Forum.
The Africities Summit will be the framework for the organization of the next elective general assembly of UCLG Africa, REFELA and YELO. The caucus is therefore expected to designate the candidates of the Southern Africa Region on the different bodies of UCLG Africa, REFELA and YELO.
The region must nominate: 9 candidates among the 45 members of the UCLG Africa Pan-African Council elected from among the members of the general assembly; 3 candidates among the 15 members of the UCLG Africa Executive Committee elected from among the members of the Pan African Council; 1 candidate among the 5 members of the UCLG Africa Financial Management Commission from among the members of the Pan African Council; 1 Vice President among the 5 members of the Presidency elected from among the members of the Executive Committee, and possibly 1 candidate for the position of President of UCLG Africa elected from among the UCLG Africa Vice Presidents. The nomination of office bearers for the REFELA and YELO bodies will follow the same process.
Members will also address the presence of the Southern Africa Region at the Africities Business Exhibition that will allow institutions, academia, the private sector, cooperation agencies to showcase their know-how, methods and tools, products in response to the mandates of subnational and local governments.
The official opening of the proceedings will be done by representative of the Ministry Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA), during the opening ceremony to be held on 14 March in the presence of:
- Cllr Bheki Stofile, Chairperson, South African Local Government Association (SALGA),
- Mr. Jeffrey Sibisibi, Vice-President, UCLG Africa, Southern Africa Region,
- Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General, UCLG Africa.
National and international media in Pretoria are invited to cover the opening ceremony scheduled on Monday, 14 March 2022 at 10 am at Capital Menlyn Maine hotel.
Gaëlle Yomi: Tel: +212 06 10 56 71 45