UCLG Africa organizes its extraordinary General Assembly and its statutory meetings in parallel to the COP22 (7-18 November 2016, Marrakech). This decision was taken during the 14th session of UCLG Africa Executive Committee (10 May 2016, Rabat) in order to ensure high participation of African Local Authorities at the event, including the Climate Summit for Local and Regional Leaders on 14 November 2016.
On this occasion, the Cotonou Declaration will be presented. It was adopted on 10 September 2016 during the Pre-COP22 Forum of Local and Regional Authorities of Africa that UCLG Africa organized in partnership with the Government of Benin Republic; the Francophone Institute of Sustainable Development (IFDD); the National Association of the Municipalities of Benin (ANCB); the Association of Regions of Morocco (ARM); and the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Local Governments Councils (AMPCC).
On November 11, the meeting of the Executive Committee of UCLG Africa will take place. On November 12, UCLG Africa Pan-African Council will meet and on November 13, the extraordinary General Assembly will be held in order to adopt the new statutes of the organization.
On the afternoon of November 11, a meeting of Traditional Authorities is expected to take place on the basis of the Africities 7 session on traditional authorities (29 November – 03 December 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa). Members of the Steering Committee of LEDNA (a UCLG Africa program, which aims at the promotion of Local economic development (LED)) will also meet at the same time.
In addition, as a partner of the “Climate Initiatives Awards-COP22”, for the French-speaking African countries, UCLG Africa will organize on November 16, a side event on the theme “Act in Favor of the Climate in Africa: the Engagement of Local Authorities”.
The main goal of the project is to publish initiatives showcasing the fight against the effects of climate change and the transferability in other countries within the African continent. The jury designated Sfax (Tunisia) and Fezna (Morocco), as the two winners in Local Authorities category. The awards ceremony is scheduled for the 17 November 2016 in the “Palais des Congrès of Marrakesh”
The website of the event is available here.