27-29 November 2013
There is urgent need to improve urban planning, management and livability in African cities. From 27-29 November 2013, UNCRD Africa Office, in partnership with UN-HABITAT Centre for Cities, organized a Forum for African Mayors and Senior Urban Officials on Sustainable Urban Development and Management in Nairobi, UN Complex. UNCRD and UN-Habitat have pledged to support African mayors and senior urban officials to implement many of the social, environmental and economic goals and objectives that were highlighted atthe World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, Chinaas well as those agreed at Rio+20.
The Forum was attended by about 16 mayors and senior city officials from Botswana, Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe. To enrich the Forum, the organizers invited relevant scholars and policymakers from other countries and regions to share their innovative experiences in managing their cities. Among them were Prof. Belinda Yuen from Singapore and Prof. Peter M. Ngau, University of Nairobi.
The Forum focused on sustainable urban management – opportunities and challenges - besides examining innovative techniques for coping with urban challenges such urban poverty, inequality, urban service delivery, disaster and environmental management and on how to promote green economy in African cities. The Forum participants also discussed best practices in urban management and how to promote the outcomes of the Rio+20 which recognized the need for a holistic approach to urban development. Most importantly, participants examined and highlighted the means and ways of incorporating the principles of a green economy into the urban planning and management strategies of African countries. Finally, the Forum proposed effective and sustainable urban management strategies for Africa.
Download the Aide-Memoire (27 - 29 November 2013 UN Complex, Nairobi, Kenya) below;