The sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place from 15 to 26 March 2021. In light of the evolving COVID-19 situation, and taking into account the latest guidance from the United Nations Secretary-General and the World Health Organization (WHO), CSW65 will take place in a hybrid format with mostly virtual meetings.
Representatives of Member States, UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from all regions of the world are invited to attend the session.
OECD Webinar on Water Governance in African Cities
A contribution to the 9th World Water Forum (Dakar, March 2022) preparatory process, this high-level session will raise the profile of Mayors and City leaders in enhancing water security in Africa, building on the evidence and guidance from two new OECD reports on Water Governance in African Cities and Water Governance in Cape Town, South Africa, prepared as a follow-up to the King Hassan II Great World Water Prize granted to the OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría in 2018. This session will conclude with the launch of a new OECD/UCLG-Africa Roundtable of African Mayors for Water Security. Read more.
World Water Day, held on 22 March every year since 1993, focuses on the importance of freshwater.
World Water Day celebrates water and raises awareness of the 2.2 billion people living without access to safe water. It is about taking action to tackle the global water crisis. A core focus of World Water Day is to support the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 6: water and sanitation for all by 2030.
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The 2021 Retreat will take to heart the message that UCLG A Global Community that Cares. The discussions that will take place during the week-long gathering will aim at showcasing how our communities are working for the people, for the planet, for government, and for the future.
The UCLG Annual Retreat is a week-long gathering that provides an opportunity for the keynotes of the organization and partners to define synergies and develop actions in line with the work plans set out by the governing bodies. In 2021, it will take place on-line over the course of six days: 15-22 February.
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Theme: Women Empowered for Economic Revival Beyond the Pandemic and Injustice:
The Sequel to the 2020 Inaugural Africa – America Women’s Economic Forum and Trade Expo (AAWEF).
Thursday, January 28
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In November 2019, the 40th session of UNESCO’s General Conference proclaimed January 24 of each year as the World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture.
This date coincides with the adoption of the Charter for the Cultural Renaissance of Africa in 2006 by the Heads of State and Government of the African Union.
This celebration is the result of efforts led by the African Network of Cultural Promoters and Entrepreneurs (RAPEC) with the support of UCLG Africa.
The theme chosen for the year 2021 is: “Celebrating African culture for a reconciled Humanity”.
The 24th session of UCLG Africa Executive Committee will be held online, on 7 December 2020. In the afternoon of the same day the Pan-African Council of the organization will also meet.
This 23rd session of the Executive Committee will adopt the 2021 budget of UCLG Africa.
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 gender committee). The Pan-African Council of UCLG Africa is composed of forty-five (45) active members, nine (9) for each African sub-region.
The health wave of the Covid-19 pandemic seems less important than those experienced in Europe and Asia. However, Africa remains fragile in terms of health with coverage rates of health structures among the lowest in the world, and all the more so as successive waves of the pandemic are to be feared. In all countries, central, regional and local governments have anticipated by taking the barrier measures that have slowed the spread of the disease. If the contamination figures remain at low levels, the repercussions of the measures taken to prevent the pandemic from developing could call into question the progress made over the past decade in terms of improving the living conditions of the populations.
The economic situation is therefore likely to deteriorate structurally to the point where the African Development Bank (AfDB) forecasts that “nearly 50 million Africans will fall into extreme poverty and that a third of Africans, or 425 million people., live below the poverty line“. The face of this poverty will largely be represented by the increasing numbers of slum dwellers in our cities and informal sector workers .
At the territorial level, the impact is likely to be greater according to UCLG Africa , particularly in terms of financial resources and investment expenditure of local authorities. The results of simulations carried out from two scenarios, based on data from the Observatory of Local Finances, suggest a real collapse in the financial resources of local authorities, of the order of 30% to 60% depending on the regions of Africa and the sizes of cities. As for investment expenditure, their level will drop by around 25% to 40% depending on the regions of Africa and the sizes of cities ;
As part of the preparation of the 9th forum to be organized by the OECD in March 2021 in Dakar(Senegal) on “Governance and economics of water security for sustainable development in Africa“, the OECD in collaboration with the World Water Council, UCLG Africa and other partners is organizing a webinar on 17 September 2020 to analyze the preliminary results of the survey launched among some fifty African cities. This survey is part of the process of the organization of the 9th Dakar forum and in particular the high-level round table dedicated to local authorities on the theme of water security, in the presence of 20 to 25 African mayors who will have taken part in the regional survey on water governance in African cities.