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African Networking Event: achieve Agenda 2063 by inclusive and sustainable urban / territorial planning

Salvatore Fundarò

Moderator

date

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

14:30-16:00

place
Multifunction Hall Room 12
organization
African Union Commission
country
Global
language
English
theme
Integrated Governance in Spatial Planning for a More Just, Green, and Healthy Urban Future
Reference: 
NE 72

Summary

African Union (AU) will host this networking event together with United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and UN-habitat. The Session will be attended by the Honorable Ministers responsible for human settlements and urban development, and their experts, planning professionals and their association, Local Authorities, Civil society and their organizations, the African Union Commission, Economic Commission for Africa and UN Habitat. The event is structured around entrance pints such as retargeting the program to the SDG’s, examining climate actions from the perspective urban and territorial planning, and reuniting countries in the post-Covid recovery scenario. It will be the occasion to present the relevant strategies and actions in reference to the Agenda 2063 and IG-UTP, the approaches and inspiring practices carried out in Africa, and to share knowledge, pursues, opinions on the way forward to more compact, socially inclusive, better-connected cities and territories that foster sustainable urban development and are resilient to climate change..

Objectives

Objectives:

1) Advancing toward the vision outlined in Agenda 2063

The main goal of this event is to promote progress toward "A prosperous Africa based on inclusive growth and sustainable development" by strengthening institutional capacities in urban and territorial planning, improving the planning system, and introducing more innovative practices to the local context.

2) Bringing member states and cities together for a common future

As the pandemic draws to a close, it's important to bring African cities back together, bringing together agencies that engage in urban planning and related fields, public institutions, global organizations, and experts to strategize for Africa's future.

3) Raising awareness and sharing planning knowledge and best practices

To raise visibility to the principles, guidelines related to urban and territorial planning that developed or implemented by African Union, UNECA and UN-Habitat. Showcase the inspiring practices and exchange experience through the process of planning, implementation, monitoring and evaluation in reference to IG-UTP.

4) Acquiring knowledge in terms of planning next steps

To hear feedbacks from ministers, officers and experts from African countries and cities, about emerging topics, crucial difficulties, and new innovative directions and focuses in the post-Covid recovery scenario.

5) Encouraging potential collaborations and partnerships

To mobilize potential collaboration among African member states, African cities and institutions both global and local to work together in order to promote territorial planning and urban development better aligned to principles of NUA. Furthermore, the stage of WUF11 will benefit partners and participants by urging global organizations (NGOs, professional institutions, foundations, etc.) and the media to pay attention to the opportunities lying beneath Africa's cityscape and terrain.

Session speakers

Speaker
Role
Organization
Country
Ms. Kabelo Lethunya
Housing and Urban Development Expert
African Union Commission
Mr. Edlam Yemeru Abera
Chief of Section
UNECA
Mr. Zivile Simkute
Director
MB MASH Studio
Mr. Issaka GARBA ABDOU
Senior Policy Officer and Coordinator
African Union Commission (AU)
Mr. Oumar Sylla
Acting Director Regional Office for Africa
UN-Habitat
Ms. Naomi Hoogervorst
Chief of Planning, Finance and Economy Section
UN-Habitat
Mr. Francois Paul Yatta (TBC)
Head of Scientific Content Committee, Director of Programs of UCLG-A
United Cities and Local Governments of Africa(UCLG-A)
Mr. Alpha Oumar Diallo (TBC)
National Director
National Direction of Urban and Territorial Planning, Conakry
Ms. Phila Mayisela
Head of department
Western Cape Department of Human Settlements
Mr. SIKO Yacouba MSc
Specialist of Sustainable Urban planning Directeur Général
Ministry of Urban planning Land Affairs and Habitat, Burkina Faso/Ministère de l'Urbanisme et de l'habitat
Ms. Dagmar Vogel (TBC)
Head of Infrastructure Financing Division
State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)