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UCLG Africa Regional Strategic Meeting in Libreville

The regional strategic meeting of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) for the Central Africa Region will be held at Le Méridien Re-Ndama Hotel in Libreville, Gabon, on April 16th and 17th, 2018. The meeting is organized by UCLG Africa, the Pan African representative and the voice of local governments on the continent in collaboration with the Municipality of Libreville.

The Gabonese capital will host the second meeting of a series of UCLG Africa strategic meetings that will take place across the five regions of Africa (North Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa). The first was held in Nairobi, Kenya from 10 to 11 April 2018 for the East Africa region. As the representative voice of local authorities on the continent, UCLG Africa aims to:

  1. Take stock of the state of decentralization in the different regions and address the priorities of the decentralization agenda in the regions
  2. Deliberate on the priority actions required to support local governments to become reliable partners for national governments; the regional economic communities; other development partners and stakeholders.

The meetings will address specific issues such as:

  • Updating the UCLG Africa members in the region on the Global and African Agendas and the involvement of local governments in their implementation, especially the African Union Agenda 2063, the New Urban Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Climate Change Agenda, and The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction;
  • The status of the signature and ratification of the African Charter on the Values and Principles of Decentralization, Local Governance and Local Development in the different countries of Central Africa
  • The participation of the UCLG Africa members in Central Africa in the preparation and implementation of the Africities 2018 Summit, the flagship event of UCLG Africa, which will be held from November 20 – 24, 2018 in Marrakesh (Kingdom of Morocco), around the theme: “The transition towards sustainable cities and territories: The role of African local governments.”
  • The preparation and participation of the members of the Central Africa Region in the Elective General Assembly of UCLG Africa to be held on 23 November in the framework of the Africities Summit.

The official opening of the meeting will be chaired by His Excellency Mr. Lambert Noel MATHA, Minister of the Interior, Security, in charge of Decentralization and Local, in the presence of:

  • Mr.  Diderot Moutsinga Kebila, Governor of the Estuary Province
  • Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda, Mayor of Libreville, UCLG Vice-President for Africa;,
  • Mr Christian Roger Okemba, Mayor of Brazzaville (Congo), Vice President of UCLG Africa for the Central Africa Region;
  • Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa.

The meeting will be attended by the presidents of the national associations of local governments, leaders of the Network of Locally Elected Women (REFELA) and the permanent secretaries of national associations of local governments. Other participants in the meeting will include experts on decentralization, urbanization and climate change.

The national and international media based in Gabon are invited to cover the opening ceremony this Monday, April 16, 2018 at 09:00 am at at Le Méridien Re-Ndama Hotel in Libreville, and the closing press briefing on Tuesday, April 17 at the same venue at 05:00 pm.

The upcoming UCLG Africa regional strategic meetings will take place respectively in  Walvis-Bay (Namibia) on 7 – 8 May 2018, for the Southern Africa Region; Accra (Ghana) on 28 – 29, May 2018, for the West Africa Region; and Rabat (Morocco) on 18 -19 June 2018, for the North Africa Region.

For further information, please contact:

Gaëlle Yomi: Tel: + 212 610 56 71 45

Email: gyomi@uclga.org

 

Regional Strategic Meeting Unifying East Africa Local Authorities and Cities

Nairobi, Kenya, April 10, 2018

The regional strategic meeting of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) for the Eastern Africa Region took place at the Intercontinental Hotel (Nairobi, Kenya), April 9 -10, 2018.

The meeting, organized in collaboration with the Council of Governors (COG), of Kenya, was attended by 10 countries representing 14 national associations of local government, (Rwanda, Burundi, Madagascar, Comoros, Uganda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya) and were represented by presidents of the associations and the leaders of the Network of Locally Elected Women (REFELA) and their permanent secretaries.

Proceedings were opened by Amb Tuneya Hussein Dado, Chief Administrative Secretary, Ministry of Devolution and ASALS in the presence of Honourable Governor Josephat Nanok Koli, Chairperson of the Council of Governors (CoG); Mr. David Andre, the Mayor of Victoria, Seychelles, UCLG Africa Vice President for the Eastern Africa Region; and Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa.

In his opening remarks, Amb Tuneya Hussein Dado reiterated the importance of strengthening local governments and the key role played by UCLG Africa in uniting local governments across Africa. On behalf of the Council of Governors of Kenya, Honourable Governor Josephat Nanok Koli, welcomed all and expressed his happiness in hosting the first of the five UCLG African regional strategic meetings. He restated COG’s commitment to African cooperation led by UCLG Africa and the decentralization agenda.

The UCLG Africa Secretary General, Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, reminded participants of the importance of the UCLG Africa regional strategic meetings.

“They are key in the life of UCLG Africa. It is therefore critical that members take full advantage of their holding to share knowledge on the situation of decentralization and subnational and local governments in their respective countries and to make inputs in reflecting on how to improve this situation for greater involvement of subnational and local governments in the definition and implementation of the development and integration policies and strategies set forth by Agenda 2063 of the African Union.

The regional strategic meetings also provide a moment for members to reflect on what is happening at both the continental and global levels, particularly on how it impacts on subnational and local government mandates and actions.”

During the first day, two sessions were held which discussed UCLG Africa’s network in the region. In the first session, participants shared their experiences and key challenges on the state of decentralization in their respective countries and received information on decentralized cooperation partnerships. Discussion also surrounded the importance of UCLG Africa’s Pan Africa Peer Review, which supports members in identifying capacity issues. Candidates for hosting a Peer Review mission and participating in Peer Review teams were registered.

The second session addressed the functioning of UCLG Africa networks and how these networks could enhance the delivery capacity of subnational and local governments. UCLG Africa networks include the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA); the network of City Managers (MAGNET); the network of City Chief Finance Officers (FINET); and the network of City Chief Technical Officers (TECHNET). The session also focussed on the role of local and regional governments in implementing African and global agendas such as the African Charter on Values & Principles of Decentralization, Local Governance & Local Development; the setting up of the High Council of Local Authorities as a consultative body of the African Union; the role of subnational and local governments in the implementation of Agenda 2063 of the African Union; the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); and the Climate Change Agenda.

UCLG Africa’s members from the East Africa region are being invited to advocate for the ratification of the African Charter on Values & Principles of Decentralization, Local Governance & Local Development. Since its adoption in Malabo in 2014, the charter has been signed by 13 countries but has only been ratified by three countries, two of which are in the East Africa region (Madagascar and Burundi). The charter will become a legal instrument of the African Union when signed and ratified by 15 countries and deposited at the Africa Union Commission.

During the presentation on the role of African local governments in the implementation of SDGs, participants were given an example of the role played by local authorities in Nigeria. UCLG, the world organization of local authorities, has also developed a toolkit that was shared with members.

On the Climate Agenda, national associations of local governments were encouraged to join the global covenant of mayors for climate and energy, where the Africa chapter is hosted by UCLG Africa in its West Africa Regional Office,(WARO). The UCLG Africa Climate Task Force was launched during COP23 to assist African subnational and local governments prepare funding requests eligible for the green climate fund.

Members were informed about local government transparency and integrity aimed at providing voluntary members with a tool to address the daunting issue of corruption in the subnational and local government administrations.

Participants were also informed about the role they are expected to play in the implementation of the European Union cooperation agenda. In 2013, the EU adopted a Communication that for the first time recognized local authorities as public authorities in their own right. Following this recognition the European Union concluded a framework partnership agreement with international and continental associations of local governments, including UCLG Africa. According to the provisions of the 2013 EU Communication on local authorities, national associations having a monopoly situation in their country can access EU cooperation funds allocated to local governments without going through a call for proposals, provided they present to and discuss with the EU delegation an implementation program agreed upon by the members of the said national association. Participants were further informed about the beginning of the negotiations of the Post Cotonou Agreement that will frame the cooperation relations between the Africa Union and European Union for the next 20 years. Attention was called for UCLG Africa members to advocate and lobby their national governments to have them include local governments as key partners at the different steps, from the negotiations stage to the definition and implementation stages, which implies that the territorial and local level should be recognized as the critical level for the implementation and impact assessment of EU cooperation programs. Engagement with the EU delegations was also recommended to follow up on the implementation of the 2013 Communication and on the post Cotonou Agreement negotiations that will start soon (presumably in September 2018).

The Africities 8th Edition, which will be hosted in Marrakesh from November 20-24, was announced and members were invited to attend in numbers. Members were also reminded that they are expected to participate in General Assembly of UCLG Africa and the Network of Locally Elected Women of Africa (REFELA) that will be held during the summit and were briefed on the rules and procedures of the Elected General Assembly, which will be held on November 23. The official launch of the 8th Edition of the Africities Summit will take place in Rabat, Morocco on the May 15, 2018.

The CEO of the Council of Governors has expressed an interest in hosting the next Africities Summit in 2021 and has requested the support of UCLG Africa members from the East Africa region.

The regional strategy meeting held in Nairobi will be followed by the regional strategic meetings for the Central Africa Region in Libreville, (Gabon), April 16-17 2018; the Southern Africa Region in Walvis-Bay (Namibia), May 7-8, 2018; the West Africa Region in Accra (Ghana), May 28-29, 2018; and the North Africa Region in Rabat (Morocco), June 18 -19, 2018.

For further information, please contact:

Gaëlle Yomi: Tel: + 212 610 56 71 45

Email: gyomi@uclga.org

Crans Montana Forum on Africa and South-South Cooperation: The contribution of UCLG Africa to the International Conference on Global Urban Management

The fourth edition of the Crans Montana Forum,an International Conference on Global Urban Management on “Africa and South-South Cooperation,”was held in Dakhla (Morocco), March 15–20,2018.

Themeeting, held on March 17,had the participation of several African metropolises who met with their counterparts and shared their knowledge and expertise on urban development, urban planning, housing, mobility, waste and waste water treatment, sustainable development and urban security.

Theconference waschaired by Mr. Mohamed Boudra, President of the Moroccan Association of Presidents of Municipal Councils (AMPCC) andwas moderated by Mr. Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa).

Presidents from the local governments associations andPan-African Councils of UCLG Africatook part in theinternational conference, which addressed the issue of urban development: an unavoidable human evolution,given the ongoing rural exodusand a key challenge for Africatoday.

The Secretary General highlighted 4 key points when discussing the importance of involving local authorities in the implementation of urbanization projects in Africa:

  • “It is imperative that cities areplanned, so that we know where we are going. We must have strategic thoughts. By planning cities, we must be concerned about the SDGs and the participation of people becausewhat you do for me without me, you do against me.”
  • “We need to be concerned with how local authorities are funded. Both largeand small cities. We must leave no one behind following the leitmotiv of the international community.”
  • “If we do not put in place institutional systems, legal systems and necessary human resources, it will remain in the field of discourse. Cooperation addressesthese exchanges both in the legislative and financial capacity-building field so that each local government gradually reaches a level of control of its development.”
  • “The South/South cooperation is the future, because Africa is the future of the world. Africa will have 4 billion inhabitants in 2100:40% of mankind. It is now that Africa must be prepared to assume its responsibilities.”

 

ThePresident of AMPCC, Mr. Mohamed Boudra asserted, “We can say that the future of Africa will dependupon urban and youth policies. Thesepolicies need to be carried out in cooperation. Mayors and citizens must be at the center of all these policies: Not alone, but together as governments, ministries, experts and academics. We need to strengthen South/South cooperation. Money is better managed locally because it falls under the control of the population.”

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Royal support to UCLG Africa and an invitation to the Africities 2018 Summit

During the opening ceremony of the forum, the royal speech was read by the President of Dakhla, demonstrating that, “Morocco’s option for advanced regionalization is extremely assertive. According to the Secretary General:

“It means that His Majesty wishes that the implementation of development in Moroccoshould start from its territories. It is a very strong political sign that also addresses the whole of Africa. Africa will develop from its territories.There is a strong delegation of African mayors and presidents of African regions present here in Dakhla. I am very pleased that this message is visible and I am honored that the King has mentioned our organization,UCLG Africa, in his speech. This year’s Crans Montana meeting marks a turning point for South/South cooperation, particularly inter-territory cooperation and advanced regionalization. Decentralization is about empowering people through the elect to manage their daily lives. Somewhere, Morocco is exemplary in this movement that will take time to succeed.” (Interview given to Medi1 TV).

The Secretary General also announced the organizing of the Forum of African Regions at the Africities summit in Marrakech from November 20-24,2018.

The summit, organized every 3 years by UCLG Africa, the oriental region of Morocco and the Association of the Regions of Morocco (Morocco) are to pilot the forum.  The full interview of Mr. Mbassi is available here in French

The President of the AMPCC, Mohamed Boudra, promised that the International Conference on Global Urban Management would continue at the Africities Summit in Marrakech.

The local elected women’s network of REFELA also took part in the session on March 16, 2018on women’s integration in the political, social and economic decision making processes. Mrs. Jacqueline Moustache Belle, former mayor of Victoria (Seychelles), shared her experience as a local elected woman and the REFELA vision that has been advocated since 2011.

Africities 2015: Africities TV, the Online Channel of the Summit

As part of the multiple communication activities surrounding the 7th Africities Summit, Africities TV is the official online channel of the summit.

The Africities Summit 2015 is held in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 29 November to 3 December 2015 under the theme “Shaping the Future of Africa with the People: Africa’s Local Government Contribution to the Africa 2063 Vision”.

You can watch all the highlights, the interviews and the participants of the summit contributing to the debates taking place in the framework of Africities 2015.

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Africities 2015: Africities Daily is out

The Africities Summit newspaper is out.

You can discover the highlights of all Africities sessions that are taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 29 November to 3 December 2015 at the Sandton Convention Centre.

The theme of Africities 7 is “Shaping the Future of Africa with the People: Africa’s local Government Contribution to the Africa 2063 Vision”.

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Africities 2015: Stakeholder Session (SH-11): Professional from Central and Local Administrations

30 November 2015, Sandton Convention Center, Boardroom 6, Johannesburg, South Africa

On Monday, November 30, 2015, the sum of 36 sessions took place in the framework of the7th Africities Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Among the 18 Stakeholders Sessions that took place in the morning, a session gathered the professionals from central and local administrations to address the issue of management and governance challenges in the continent as well as the way AAPAM as a professional body can contribute to Agenda 2063.

The programme of the session was as follows:

  • Facilitator:

Dr PM Sokhela – Department of Public Service and Administration (SA)

  • Chair:

His Worship, Councillor Christopher Juba Ndlela – Mayor: City of Pietermaritzburg – KwaZulu-Natal Province (SA)

  • Presenters:

Mr. Simon Angote (Kenya Public Service)

Professor Emeritus Chris Thornhill – University of Pretoria (SA)

Professor Kedibone Phago – University of Limpopo (SA)

  • Scribes:

Dr Michel Tshiyoyo – University of Pretoria (SA)

Ms Jessica Achieng – AAPAM (Kenya)

  • Discussion
  • Recommendations

The presenters focused on how public sector officials can truly be professionalized and be part of a professional association. The importance of detaining the appropriate skills and qualifications was also highlighted as the way forward for strong local governments capable of entirely fulfilling their missions.

The session also mentioned the role that AAPAM can play in partnership with other stakeholders in the strengthening of professionalization process and the spread of best practices within African countries.

The participants at the end of the session wrote down their recommendations to contribute to the achievement of Agenda 2063.

 

 

Official Opening Ceremony of the 7th Africities Summit

Grassroots Africa examines the continent’s future.

The 7th Africities Summit started yesterday in the huge Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.  This Pan African event that is held every three years in one of the five regions of Africa, mobilizes communities and territorial governments in African countries, as well as financial institutions and international cooperation.  This summit of cities and territorial authorities in Africa is sponsored and supported by the official authorities of South Africa, including the South African Government, the City of Johannesburg (City Hall), and the South Africa Mayors Association.

Marked by several speeches, the opening ceremony began with that of the speed of the host of the day, M. Parks Tau, the Mayor of Johannesburg, who presented his city, and welcomed the participants from around the world. He expressed the hope that “this summit can help strengthen the role of UCLG in Africa.”

Following him, M. Thabo Manyoni, President of SALGA, the South African Local Government Association, emphasized that these governments “must be at the forefront of development” and advised everybody “not to be afraid of the growing population, but rather to see it as an advantage, if well managed “.

On behalf of Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris who had other commitments in France, her deputy M. Patrick Klugman expressed the compassion of the Parisians for African cities (Tunis, Bamako, and other cities) that were struck by shootings, hence the desire of the Paris municipality to “create healthier , safer and more inclusive cities”.   

On behalf of CGLU, its  president, the Mayor of Istanbul was represented by Mr. Josep Roig, Secretary General, who focused his presentation on the global challenges of empowerment, which requires from mayors to “be responsive, and not to be afraid of making mistakes”.

Representing Ms. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, President of the African Union Commission of the, Ms. Aicha Abdulai, Political Affairs Commissioner of the African Union, invited thinkers and all social players to transform into concrete plans all the ideas contained in Agenda 2063. Like previous speakers, she believes in the empowerment of populations and told the ministers in the room that the AU awaits concrete solutions from this summit, through firm political commitments.

“Think global to act local”, was the creed of Mr. Khalifa Ababacar Sall, Mayor of Dakar and President of CGLU-Africa. To do this, it is imperative that “UCLG-A be strong and united around the same development goals of local governance, since people are tired of divisions”. He said that the populations should design, lead and implement the actions, in order to be the masters of their destiny, and not “be begging all the time “.

The Planning Minister, Mr. Jeff Radebe, speaking in the place of Mr. Jacob Zuma, President of the South African Republic, invited all stakeholders – central governments, local elected officials, civil society, and populations – to a collective awareness-raising exercise about the challenges, between demography and the availability of infrastructure on the one hand, and an increasing social demand for services and opportunities on the other. The Planning Minister warned against the threats posed by water shortages, drought, and environmental change. Ultimately, having stated that “communities should be growth engines through proper planning”, the Minister solemnly declared open the 7th Africities Summit.

The theme of the summit is “Building Africa with its population, the contribution of local and regional authorities of Africa to Agenda 2063 of the African Union”. The architecture of the summit includes thematic sessions, stakeholder sessions, open sessions and policy sessions – meetings of mayors, local authorities and ministers – followed by a dialogue with development partners. An exhibition that enables all those interested in working with local authorities to offer their services, products and solutions, is held in the sidelines of the summit. The summit organizers expect more than 4,000 persons to attend.

 

Africities 2015: Johannesburg, the New Beginning for Africa with the People

Hardly three weeks away from the biggest democratic gathering of Local Africa, are the final preparations for Africities 7 in Johannesburg carried out. The Africities Summit taking place this year in the economic capital city of South Africa, in Sandton Convention Centre, from 29 November to 3 December 2015, has for a theme: “ Shaping the future of Africa with the people : Africa’s local government contribution to the Africa 2063 Vision”.

Africities Summit is the major appointment of Africa’s local authorities. In fact, during this 7th edition, and for 5 days, the summit will look at issues affecting urban and economic development in African cities through the different sessions (open sessions, thematic sessions, stakeholders’ sessions and special sessions) animated by distinguished experts and guests.

The themes of all these sessions cover a large spectrum of vital issues for local authorities in Africa such as town planning, urban safety, informal economy and trading, food security, municipal international relations and so on…

The summit will also offer to the attending African mayors the opportunity to meet their peers from China, Latin America, Turkey and Europe and to exchange views on common problems facing local authorities across the world. Moreover, several well-known experts will host special sessions around global issues such as the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

That’s why, all the stakeholders involved in local governance and municipalities’ management, the different socio-professional categories, entrepreneurs, civil society, women, youth… are all invited to take part in Africities 2015 Summit and to make their voices heard.

In parallel with the summit, the Africities Exhibition will bring more than 150 exhibitors from different sectors, with almost 6000 delegates and decision makers who will take part in the summit: ministers, mayors, presidents and heads of local governments, leaders of central governments , representatives of regional and international institutions and in addition to 9000 to 10 000 additional visitors expected.

For further information and to download the programme of the summit, visit www.africities2015.org 

To know more about Africities Exhibition, visit http://salonafricites2015.com/FR/ 

To register and guarantee a seat at the summit, visit 

http://www.africities2015.org/register-for-the-summit/

 

Africities 2015: Abahlali baseMjondolo, the Voice of South Africa Slum Dwellers

The Africities 2015 Summit taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 29 November to 03 December is an opportunity that can’t be missed for all stakeholders involved in local governance and local development.

Hence, Abahlali baseMjondolo delegates at the 7th Africities Summit will use this opportunity to vocalize the difficulties faced by people in informal settlements and will ensure that their voices are  being expressed in a honest manner.

Abahlali baseMjondolo is the South African shack dwellers’ movement which started in 2005.  Although it is overwhelmingly located in and around the large port city of Durban it is, in terms of the numbers of people mobilised, the largest organization of the militant poor in post-apartheid South Africa.

The organization’s delegation will participate in debates and forums during Africities that will enhance knowledge sharing in techniques for better social mobilization ensuring that the state fulfills its obligation to provide adequate housing to all. The Abahlali baseMjondolo delegates will network and lobby for policies that are for the best interest of the most vulnerable members of the continent. In other words, the delegates will mobilise and engage with organizations with a similar mandate. Abahlali baseMjondolo will also indicate the limit of governments to implement progressive policies in informal settlements.

The Abahlali baseMjondolo movement expects that the 7th Africities Summit will take in to careful consideration the immediate desperation of people’s lack of access to land and housing in informal settlements. The recognition of people’s inherent human dignity should be paramount in all resolutions coming out of the summit.

For more information about Africities sessions, you can visit the official website of the summit at www.africities2015.org

 

Africities 2015: Abahlali baseMjondolo,  The Africities 2015 Summit taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 29 November to 03 December is an opportunity that can’t be missed for all stakeholders involved in local governance and local development. Hence, Abahlali baseMjondolo delegates at the 7th Africities Summit will use this opportunity to vocalize the difficulties faced by people in informal settlements and will ensure that their voices are  being expressed in a honest manner. Abahlali baseMjondolo is the South African shack dwellers’ movement which started in 2005.  Although it is overwhelmingly located in and around the large port city of Durban it is, in terms of the numbers of people mobilised, the largest organization of the militant poor in post-apartheid South Africa. The organization’s delegation will participate in debates and forums during Africities that will enhance knowledge sharing in techniques for better social mobilization ensuring that the state fulfills its obligation to provide adequate housing to all. The Abahlali baseMjondolo delegates will network and lobby for policies that are for the best interest of the most vulnerable members of the continent. In other words, the delegates will mobilise and engage with organizations with a similar mandate. Abahlali baseMjondolo will also indicate the limit of governments to implement progressive policies in informal settlements.The Abahlali baseMjondolo movement expects that the 7th Africities Summit will take in to careful consideration the immediate desperation of people’s lack of access to land and housing in informal settlements. The recognition of people’s inherent human dignity should be paramount in all resolutions coming out of the summit. For more information about Africities sessions, you can visit the official website of the summit at www.africities2015.org

 

UCLG Africa Media Partners

At its 7th edition, the Africities Summit has not only become the flagship event of United Cities and Local Governments of Africa but it is now considered as the main continental event and the most important democratic gathering for local governments of the continent.

 

Aware of this fact, African and international media outlets don’t hesitate to support Africities Summit and partner with its organizers in order to cover all its proceedings. This year’s edition is held in Johannesburg so several outlets are the media partners of Africities 7.

Our media partners for Africities 7 are:

Afiricties Media Partners