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 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.
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