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Africities 2018: the transition to sustainable cities

The 8th edition of the Africities Summit will take place in Marrakech from November 20-24, 2018. One of the objectives of the summit is to define appropriate shared strategies in order to improve the living conditions of people at the local level.

Since nearly 70% of Africa’s population is currently under 35 years this year summit has a special focus on including the voices of the youth. As well as celebrating African cities that are tackling the negative effects of climate change.

Africities 2018

Africities mobilizes communities and local authorities in African countries, as well as financial institutions, civil society groups and development partners at continental and international level. 2500 cities and local governments participated in the 7th edition held in Johannesburg in 2015. This year’s theme explores: ‘The Transition to Sustainable Cities and Territories, The Role of Local and Sub-National Governments of Africa.’

The summit will welcome a range of stakeholders such as ministers in charge of local governments, housing and urban development and public service. As well as local authorities, local elected officials, civil society organizations, associations and trade unions; economic operators of the public and private sectors, traditional rulers; researchers and academics; and international cooperation agencies.

Climate Initiatives Awards 2018

The ‘2018 Climate Initiative Awards – African Local Government Authorities are awarded to African Local and Territorial Authorities which are carrying out initiatives to tackle the negative effects of climate change on the African continent.

The competition is open to three categories of local government. Small Cities with less than 20,000 inhabitants, intermediary cities from 20,000 to 100,000 inhabitants and lastly big cities with more than 100,000 inhabitants. From the submissions, a jury will select nine nominees, three nominees per each category. The nine nominees will receive support (one person per local authority) to participate in the Africities summit during which the final three award winners will be announced. A trophy will be awarded to each winner during the Africities Summit.

Africities Summit Youth Forum

A Youth Forum is part of the program and it will include interactive workshops and consultative sessions on building safer and more secure cities for young people, especially young women and girls. The inaugural youth forum aims to engage young people from across the continent and the diaspora to connect, share views and showcase innovative solutions.

There is also a competition for young Africans aged 15-35 from Africa and abroad. The competition will select 20 young Africans that will be invited to participate in Ideation workshops and a Creativity Lab consisting of a Cartoon Camp Challenge and a Virtual Reality Contest, around the topic of “Imagine a sustainable future for Africa and its cities and territories, in 2030 and 2063”.

At the end of the Summit, there will be a youth development strategy and a set of project proposals that attempts to address and meet the needs of young people that have been identified for them by them.

Author: Julia Zvobgo

Julia Zvobgo is a Cultural Anthropologist and the Community Manager of Child in the City.

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