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  •  The Department of Geography University of Ibadan UI says it is proud of the legacy left by it first Head of Department the late Prof Akinlawon Mabogunje as Africa s foremost geographer The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mabogunje acclaimed to be the first African professor of Geography died on Aug 4 at the age of 90 This is contained in a statement issued by Prof Ibidun Adelekan Head of Department Geography University of Ibadan made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan Adelekan stated that the late Mabogunje was the first African Professor of Geography and Head of the Department of Geography at the University of Ibadan from 1972 to 1975 The HOD said during his 23 years of active academic service at the University of Ibadan the late icon contributed to developing the Geography Department at Ibadan as one if not the best on the African continent in the 1980s She said the late Prof Mabogunje was a renowned scholar who made outstanding contributions to knowledge policy and practice in the field of urban geography and regional planning Among other services rendered at the federal and state levels he was the Specialist Planning Consultant to the Federal Capital Development Authority in which capacity he undertook the ecological and geographical survey of the Federal Capital Territory FCT in the period 1976 1984 He was one of the earliest recipients of the Nigerian National Order of Merit in recognition of his academic scholarship and contributions to the development of the country He was awarded D Sc Honoris Causa of the University of Ibadan in 2018 Internationally Late Prof Akin Mabogunje is acknowledged as the most distinguished African geographer to date Adelekan said Other achievements of the late scholar the HOD said included serving as Vice President of the International Geographical Union IGU for two terms and elected President for the period 1980 1984 According to the statement Mabogunje was the first African scholar to be so honoured by such a distinguished organisation since its inception over 100 years ago He was also the first African to be elected as a Foreign Associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences in 1999 Prof Akin Mabogunje was awarded the Vautrin Lud Prize which is equivalent to the Nobel Prize in Geography in Paris in 2017 Adelekan said She thanked God for the very impactful meaningful and full life lived by the deceased and prayed for the repose of his gentle soul Also the President Association of Nigerian Geographers Prof Ovuyovwiroye Odjugo has condoled with the family of the late Prof Mabogunje Reacting to the news of the demise of the foremost geographer Odjugo told NAN that Mabogunje was the father of geography in Nigeria This is because he was the first geographer in Nigeria the first professor of geography in Nigeria the first president of the Association of Nigerian Geographers and he spearheaded the indigenous geography in Nigeria So all the other departments of geography you have in Nigeria definitely he had contributions either in terms of resources or lecturers who were students he trained So we all Nigerian geographers owe it to him as our father of geography in Nigeria the ANG president said NAN reports that the late Mabogunje is survived by his wife Retired Justice Titilola Mabogunje children grandchildren and great grandchildren NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Geography Dept., UI, Association mourn late Prof. Mabogunje
     The Department of Geography University of Ibadan UI says it is proud of the legacy left by it first Head of Department the late Prof Akinlawon Mabogunje as Africa s foremost geographer The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mabogunje acclaimed to be the first African professor of Geography died on Aug 4 at the age of 90 This is contained in a statement issued by Prof Ibidun Adelekan Head of Department Geography University of Ibadan made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan Adelekan stated that the late Mabogunje was the first African Professor of Geography and Head of the Department of Geography at the University of Ibadan from 1972 to 1975 The HOD said during his 23 years of active academic service at the University of Ibadan the late icon contributed to developing the Geography Department at Ibadan as one if not the best on the African continent in the 1980s She said the late Prof Mabogunje was a renowned scholar who made outstanding contributions to knowledge policy and practice in the field of urban geography and regional planning Among other services rendered at the federal and state levels he was the Specialist Planning Consultant to the Federal Capital Development Authority in which capacity he undertook the ecological and geographical survey of the Federal Capital Territory FCT in the period 1976 1984 He was one of the earliest recipients of the Nigerian National Order of Merit in recognition of his academic scholarship and contributions to the development of the country He was awarded D Sc Honoris Causa of the University of Ibadan in 2018 Internationally Late Prof Akin Mabogunje is acknowledged as the most distinguished African geographer to date Adelekan said Other achievements of the late scholar the HOD said included serving as Vice President of the International Geographical Union IGU for two terms and elected President for the period 1980 1984 According to the statement Mabogunje was the first African scholar to be so honoured by such a distinguished organisation since its inception over 100 years ago He was also the first African to be elected as a Foreign Associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences in 1999 Prof Akin Mabogunje was awarded the Vautrin Lud Prize which is equivalent to the Nobel Prize in Geography in Paris in 2017 Adelekan said She thanked God for the very impactful meaningful and full life lived by the deceased and prayed for the repose of his gentle soul Also the President Association of Nigerian Geographers Prof Ovuyovwiroye Odjugo has condoled with the family of the late Prof Mabogunje Reacting to the news of the demise of the foremost geographer Odjugo told NAN that Mabogunje was the father of geography in Nigeria This is because he was the first geographer in Nigeria the first professor of geography in Nigeria the first president of the Association of Nigerian Geographers and he spearheaded the indigenous geography in Nigeria So all the other departments of geography you have in Nigeria definitely he had contributions either in terms of resources or lecturers who were students he trained So we all Nigerian geographers owe it to him as our father of geography in Nigeria the ANG president said NAN reports that the late Mabogunje is survived by his wife Retired Justice Titilola Mabogunje children grandchildren and great grandchildren NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Geography Dept., UI, Association mourn late Prof. Mabogunje
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    Geography Dept., UI, Association mourn late Prof. Mabogunje

    The Department of Geography, University of Ibadan (UI) says it is proud of the legacy left by it first Head of Department, the late Prof. Akinlawon Mabogunje, as Africa’s foremost geographer.

    The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Mabogunje, acclaimed to be the first African professor of Geography died on Aug. 4, at the age of 90. This is contained in a statement issued by Prof. Ibidun Adelekan, Head of Department, Geography, University of Ibadan, made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan.

    Adelekan stated that the late Mabogunje was the first African Professor of Geography and Head of the Department of Geography at the University of Ibadan from 1972 to 1975. The HOD said during his 23 years of active academic service at the University of Ibadan, the late icon contributed to developing the Geography Department at Ibadan as one, if not the best on the African continent in the 1980s.

    She said the late Prof. Mabogunje was a renowned scholar who made outstanding contributions to knowledge, policy and practice in the field of urban geography and regional planning.

    “Among other services rendered at the federal and state levels, he was the Specialist Planning Consultant to the Federal Capital Development Authority in which capacity he undertook the ecological and geographical survey of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in the period 1976-1984. “He was one of the earliest recipients of the Nigerian National Order of Merit in recognition of his academic scholarship and contributions to the development of the country.

    “He was awarded D.

    Sc. Honoris Causa of the University of Ibadan in 2018. “Internationally, Late Prof. Akin Mabogunje is acknowledged as the most distinguished African geographer to date,’’ Adelekan said.

    Other achievements of the late scholar, the HOD said included serving as Vice President of the International Geographical Union (IGU) for two terms, and elected President for the period 1980-1984. According to the statement, Mabogunje was the first African scholar to be so honoured by such a distinguished organisation since its inception over 100 years ago.

    “He was also the first African to be elected as a Foreign Associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences in 1999. “Prof. Akin Mabogunje was awarded the Vautrin-Lud Prize which is equivalent to the Nobel Prize in Geography in Paris in 2017,’’ Adelekan said.

    She thanked God for the very impactful, meaningful and full life lived by the deceased and prayed for the repose of his gentle soul.

    Also, the President, Association of Nigerian Geographers, Prof. Ovuyovwiroye Odjugo, has condoled with the family of the late Prof. Mabogunje.

    Reacting to the news of the demise of the foremost geographer, Odjugo told NAN that Mabogunje was the father of geography in Nigeria.

    “This is because he was the first geographer in Nigeria, the first professor of geography in Nigeria, the first president of the Association of Nigerian Geographers and he spearheaded the indigenous geography in Nigeria.

    “So, all the other departments of geography you have in Nigeria, definitely he had contributions; either in terms of resources or lecturers who were students he trained.

    “So, we all Nigerian geographers owe it to him as our father of geography in Nigeria,’’ the ANG president said.

    NAN reports that the late Mabogunje is survived by his wife, Retired Justice Titilola Mabogunje, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •  Two former Vice Chancellors University of Ibadan Prof Idowu Olayinka and Prof Isaac Adewole have extolled the virtues and contributions of the late Prof Akinlawon Mabogunje the first Nigerian Professor of Geography Olayinka and Adewole along with others spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Saturday NAN reports that Mabogunje was born on Oct 18 1931 in Kano and died on Aug 4 Mabogunje was African President of the International Geographical Union In 1999 he was the first African to be elected as a Foreign Associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences among other achievements during his lifetime Olayinka said We mourn the demise of Prof Akinlawon Mabogunje Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to his entire family associates and friends He matriculated at the then University College Ibadan in 1949 and earned a First Degree in Geography in 1953 This was followed by a Doctor of Philosophy in the same discipline He was elevated to the grade of Professor in 1965 thus becoming the first Nigerian Professor of Geography Baba was widely acclaimed as the foremost Social Scientist ever produced by Africa He had earlier in his illustrious career served as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ibadan from 1968 till 1970 He provided a leadership role in the preparation of the Master Plan for the Abuja Federal Capital Territory According to Olayinka as one of the earliest students of the University College Ibadan Mabogunje received the Degree of Doctor of Science _honoris causa_ from the University of Ibadan in 2018 He will be sorely missed by all of us who knew him as a distinguished and highly respected UIte who was very passionate about his Alma Mater He served meritoriously as the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council of Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago Iwoye he said Olayinka said that it was high time the government took the advice of the late professor on university ownership to ensure sustainability It is generally accepted that the fortunes of the Nigerian University System cannot improve until a sustainable funding model is guaranteed In this respect about a decade ago Prof Akin Mabogunje suggested that the Federal Government of Nigeria should hand over the University of Ibadan to the Alumni to manage It is perhaps high time this proposal is interrogated for the overall benefit of the country otherwise if we are to learn from history the current national strike by ASUU may painfully not be the last We pray for the repose of the soul of the Colossus and eminent global citizen Prof Akinlawon Mabogunje He will be sorely missed by all of us who knew this humble and soft spoken academic giant the former VC said Also Adewole another former Vice Chancellor extolled the virtues of the deceased and his contributions to the development of Nigeria especially the Federal Capital Territory FCT Abuja We have lost an Iroko He was truly the last of the Mohicans An academic noble he dined and wined with the Kings and Queens He was another Mr Fix a soft spoken man who influenced policies without being a politician Abuja was his hand and foot print A city that could be named after him A unique and successful family man he remained largely visible but quiet His work and legacy are immortal May his gentle soul Rest In Peace Adewole a former Minister of Health said In his comments retired Prof Olabode Lucas of the Department of Agronomy University of Ibadan said that the late Prof Mabogunje was indeed an academic giant and intellectual Colossus He was in the same league as Ibadan Academic giants like Dike Lambo Ajayi Lucas Odeku Akinkugbe Aboyade Irvine Durley Olayide Oyenuga and Bassir He was the greatest Geographer in Africa who won the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in Geography As a student at Ibadan he was the Secretary of the Action Group on the campus together with people like Bola Ige and Olutoye In this capacity he was a member of the Action Group Executive Council presided over by late Chief Obafemi Awolowo After retirement he founded the DPC with Prof Aboyade For many years he was the Chancellor of Ogun State University He came he saw and conquered May his soul rest in perfect peace Lucas said Also Mr David Afolayan the Chief Executive Officer GIS Konsult said that the late Prof Mabogunje contributed to learning of Geography and passed it down to the next generation Afolayan described the deceased as a professor of professors and a great mentor He contributed immensely to teaching of GIS in public and private secondary schools in Nigeria since 2015 and in equipping the next generation on having a better understanding of how the world works And he also empowered young people to proffer solutions to problems in the society through the connections he provided on the project I was inspired to take on Afolayan said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ex-UI VCs, Olayinka, Adewole, others mourn Mabogunje, 1st Nigerian Professor of Geography
     Two former Vice Chancellors University of Ibadan Prof Idowu Olayinka and Prof Isaac Adewole have extolled the virtues and contributions of the late Prof Akinlawon Mabogunje the first Nigerian Professor of Geography Olayinka and Adewole along with others spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Saturday NAN reports that Mabogunje was born on Oct 18 1931 in Kano and died on Aug 4 Mabogunje was African President of the International Geographical Union In 1999 he was the first African to be elected as a Foreign Associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences among other achievements during his lifetime Olayinka said We mourn the demise of Prof Akinlawon Mabogunje Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to his entire family associates and friends He matriculated at the then University College Ibadan in 1949 and earned a First Degree in Geography in 1953 This was followed by a Doctor of Philosophy in the same discipline He was elevated to the grade of Professor in 1965 thus becoming the first Nigerian Professor of Geography Baba was widely acclaimed as the foremost Social Scientist ever produced by Africa He had earlier in his illustrious career served as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ibadan from 1968 till 1970 He provided a leadership role in the preparation of the Master Plan for the Abuja Federal Capital Territory According to Olayinka as one of the earliest students of the University College Ibadan Mabogunje received the Degree of Doctor of Science _honoris causa_ from the University of Ibadan in 2018 He will be sorely missed by all of us who knew him as a distinguished and highly respected UIte who was very passionate about his Alma Mater He served meritoriously as the Pro Chancellor and Chairman of Council of Olabisi Onabanjo University Ago Iwoye he said Olayinka said that it was high time the government took the advice of the late professor on university ownership to ensure sustainability It is generally accepted that the fortunes of the Nigerian University System cannot improve until a sustainable funding model is guaranteed In this respect about a decade ago Prof Akin Mabogunje suggested that the Federal Government of Nigeria should hand over the University of Ibadan to the Alumni to manage It is perhaps high time this proposal is interrogated for the overall benefit of the country otherwise if we are to learn from history the current national strike by ASUU may painfully not be the last We pray for the repose of the soul of the Colossus and eminent global citizen Prof Akinlawon Mabogunje He will be sorely missed by all of us who knew this humble and soft spoken academic giant the former VC said Also Adewole another former Vice Chancellor extolled the virtues of the deceased and his contributions to the development of Nigeria especially the Federal Capital Territory FCT Abuja We have lost an Iroko He was truly the last of the Mohicans An academic noble he dined and wined with the Kings and Queens He was another Mr Fix a soft spoken man who influenced policies without being a politician Abuja was his hand and foot print A city that could be named after him A unique and successful family man he remained largely visible but quiet His work and legacy are immortal May his gentle soul Rest In Peace Adewole a former Minister of Health said In his comments retired Prof Olabode Lucas of the Department of Agronomy University of Ibadan said that the late Prof Mabogunje was indeed an academic giant and intellectual Colossus He was in the same league as Ibadan Academic giants like Dike Lambo Ajayi Lucas Odeku Akinkugbe Aboyade Irvine Durley Olayide Oyenuga and Bassir He was the greatest Geographer in Africa who won the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in Geography As a student at Ibadan he was the Secretary of the Action Group on the campus together with people like Bola Ige and Olutoye In this capacity he was a member of the Action Group Executive Council presided over by late Chief Obafemi Awolowo After retirement he founded the DPC with Prof Aboyade For many years he was the Chancellor of Ogun State University He came he saw and conquered May his soul rest in perfect peace Lucas said Also Mr David Afolayan the Chief Executive Officer GIS Konsult said that the late Prof Mabogunje contributed to learning of Geography and passed it down to the next generation Afolayan described the deceased as a professor of professors and a great mentor He contributed immensely to teaching of GIS in public and private secondary schools in Nigeria since 2015 and in equipping the next generation on having a better understanding of how the world works And he also empowered young people to proffer solutions to problems in the society through the connections he provided on the project I was inspired to take on Afolayan said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    Ex-UI VCs, Olayinka, Adewole, others mourn Mabogunje, 1st Nigerian Professor of Geography
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    Ex-UI VCs, Olayinka, Adewole, others mourn Mabogunje, 1st Nigerian Professor of Geography

    Two former Vice-Chancellors, University of Ibadan, Prof. Idowu Olayinka and Prof. Isaac Adewole, have extolled the virtues and contributions of the late Prof. Akinlawon Mabogunje, the first Nigerian Professor of Geography.

    Olayinka and Adewole along with others spoke in separate interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria in Ibadan on Saturday.

    NAN reports that Mabogunje was born on Oct.18, 1931 in Kano and died on Aug. 4. Mabogunje was African President of the International Geographical Union.

    In 1999, he was the first African to be elected as a Foreign Associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences, among other achievements during his lifetime.

    Olayinka said: “We mourn the demise of Prof. Akinlawon Mabogunje.

    Our sincere and heartfelt condolences to his entire family, associates and friends.

    “He matriculated at the then University College, Ibadan in 1949 and earned a First Degree in Geography in 1953. This was followed by a Doctor of Philosophy in the same discipline.

    “He was elevated to the grade of Professor in 1965, thus becoming the first Nigerian Professor of Geography.

    “Baba was widely acclaimed as the foremost Social Scientist ever produced by Africa.

    He had earlier, in his illustrious career, served as Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Ibadan from 1968 till 1970. “He provided a leadership role in the preparation of the Master Plan for the Abuja Federal Capital Territory.

    ” According to Olayinka, as one of the earliest students of the University College, Ibadan, Mabogunje received the Degree of Doctor of Science _honoris causa_ from the University of Ibadan in 2018. “He will be sorely missed by all of us who knew him as a distinguished and highly respected UIte, who was very passionate, about his Alma Mater.

    “He served meritoriously as the Pro-Chancellor and Chairman of Council of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye,” he said.

    Olayinka said that it was high time the government took the advice of the late professor on university ownership to ensure sustainability.

    “It is generally accepted that the fortunes of the Nigerian University System cannot improve until a sustainable funding model is guaranteed.

    “In this respect, about a decade ago, Prof. Akin Mabogunje suggested that the Federal Government of Nigeria should hand over the University of Ibadan to the Alumni to manage.

    “It is perhaps high time this proposal is interrogated for the overall benefit of the country, otherwise, if we are to learn from history the current national strike by ASUU may painfully not be the last.

    “We pray for the repose of the soul of the Colossus and eminent global citizen, Prof. Akinlawon Mabogunje.

    He will be sorely missed by all of us who knew this humble and soft spoken academic giant,” the former VC said.

    Also, Adewole, another former Vice-Chancellor, extolled the virtues of the deceased and his contributions to the development of Nigeria, especially the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.

    “We have lost an ‘Iroko’.

    He was truly the last of the ‘Mohicans’.

    An academic noble, he dined and wined with the Kings and Queens.

    “He was another ‘Mr Fix’, a soft spoken man, who influenced policies without being a politician.

    “Abuja was his hand and foot print.

    A city that could be named after him.

    A unique and successful family man, he remained largely visible but quiet.

    His work and legacy are immortal.

    “May his gentle soul Rest In Peace,” Adewole, a former Minister of Health, said.

    In his comments, retired Prof. Olabode Lucas of the Department of Agronomy,  University of Ibadan, said that the late Prof. Mabogunje was indeed an academic giant and intellectual Colossus.

    “He was in the same league as Ibadan Academic giants like Dike, Lambo, Ajayi  Lucas, Odeku, Akinkugbe, Aboyade, Irvine, Durley, Olayide Oyenuga and Bassir.

    “He was the greatest Geographer in Africa, who won the equivalent of the Nobel Prize in Geography.

    “As a student at Ibadan, he was the Secretary of the Action Group on the campus together  with people like Bola Ige and Olutoye.

    “In this capacity, he was a member of the Action Group Executive Council presided over by late Chief Obafemi Awolowo.

    “After retirement, he founded the DPC with Prof. Aboyade.

    For many years, he was the Chancellor of Ogun State University.

    “He came, he saw and conquered.

    May his soul rest in perfect peace,” Lucas said.

    Also, Mr David Afolayan, the Chief Executive Officer, GIS Konsult, said that the late Prof. Mabogunje contributed to learning of Geography and passed it down to the next generation.

    Afolayan described the deceased as a professor of professors and a great mentor.

    “He contributed immensely to teaching of GIS in public and private secondary schools in Nigeria since 2015 and in equipping the next generation on having a better understanding of how the world works.

    “And, he also empowered young people to proffer solutions to problems in the society through the connections he provided on the project I was inspired to take on,” Afolayan said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   The fourth day of the Africities summit started with the official opening of the political segment which was marked by a conversation between two former African heads of State namely His Excellency Joaquim Chissano former President of Mozambique and His Excellency Danny Faure former President of Seychelles The main topic of the conversation was Thriving the way for the future of Africa in a world of turmoil The young elected officials invited the former heads of State to reflect and advise them around the unbalanced share of public financial and human resources between the national level and the local level on the centrality of cities and territories as places hit by the consequences of climate change and paradoxically their absence at the table when discussing climate action on the proposal to devise a program for upgrading tou7nghe infrastructure and equipment of local governments including intermediary cities within the pan African framework as was the case with the NEPAD major infrastructure program for intermediary cities to play their rightful role as engineering places for the African Continental Free Trade Area a booster for African integration on making cross border decentralized cooperation a tool for African integration and finally on arguments to put forward to give hope to young Africans that they have a future on this continent instead for them dying in the Mediterranean trying to find their future outside the continent In response His Excellency Joaquim Chissano told the leaders of local governments that as much as it is OK to engage national governments for a better share of public resources between the national and the local levels of government there is need also to find creative ways of mobilising locally the resources they need It would be important for local governments to engage in dialogue between themselves and the central government and ensure that there s a permanent space for dialogue through associations for example to discuss the issues they have said His Excellency Joaquim Chissano former President of Mozambique With regards to climate change His Excellency Danny Faure urged United Cities and Local Governments of Africa to fight and ensure that local governments have a seat at the negotiating table during the upcoming COP 27 in Egypt COP is the name given to the annual meeting of world leaders in a climate change capacity COP27 will be the 27th such conference to take place in Sharm Al Sheikh Egypt in November 2022 It is important that we have at the table representatives of intermediary cities and local governments We also need to press that Loss and Damage as a facility is created and approved so that nations having difficulties because of climate change can benefit from this new facility said His Excellency Danny Faure former president of Seychelles Watch video Interview of HE Danny Faure https bit ly 3sXRK81 Loss and damage are a general term used in the United Nations climate negotiations to refer to the consequences of climate extreme events hitting communities ill prepared to face them Loss and damage refer to the consideration that the Africa is responsible for less than 4 of greenhouse gas emissions but is one of the regions of the world most impacted by the consequences of global warming it did not participate in producing Loss and damage also refer to the compensation that Africa should be receiving from the rest of the world for the role it is playing in carbon sinking notably through the Forest of the Congo Basin and Africa s wetlands It is about maintaining dignified living standards for the population in forest area to ensure that they do not engage in deforestation to earn a living On the other hand it should be noted that a conversation took place between two former heads of State and Young Leaders of local governments of Africa aged 35 or below After the dialogue between the former heads of State and young leaders an UCLG Africa honorary membership award ceremony was organised during which the two former heads of State gave their honorary membership attributes to the nominees in the 5 colleges of UCLG Africa honorary members namely the college of former mayors and leaders of subnational and local governments the college of the academia the college of the private sector and the college of UCLG partners in exclusion of the college of former heads of State The following members received their honorary membership attributes from the hands of President Chissano and President Faure College of former Mayors and Leaders of subnational and local government Governments of Africa Ms Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda former Mayor of Libreville and Prime Minister of Gabon Mrs Celestine Ketcha Court s former Mayor of Bagangte Cameroon and former President REFELA Minister of Urban Development and Housing Cameroon Mr Jeannot Ahoussou Kouadio President of the Senate C te d Ivoire Mr Daby Diagne former Mayor of Louga Senegal and former President last President of the United Towns Organization UTO Mr Hugues Ngou lond l former Mayor of Brazzaville Congo and former President of UCLG Africa Mr Tarayia Ole Kores former President Association of Local Government Authorities of Kenya ALGAK and former President UCLG Africa Mr Khalifa Sall former Mayor of Dakar Senegal and former President of UCLG Africa Mr Mpho Moruakgomo former President of the Botswana Association of Local Authorities BALA and former Vice President UCLG Africa Mr Thabo Manyoni former Mayor of Magaung South Africa former President of the South African Local Government Association SALGA and former Vice President of UCLG Africa Mr Eneas Comiche Mayor of Maputo Mozambique former Vice President of UCLG Africa Mr Ahmed Hamza former Mayor of Nouakchott Mauritania and former Vice President UCLG Africa Mr Omar Bahraoui former Mayor of Rabat Morocco and former Vice President of UCLG Africa and Mr Simon Compaor former Mayor of Ouagadougou and former member of UCLG Africa s Executive Committee College of Academia Professor Akinlawon Mabogunje former Dean of the Faculty of Geography University of Ibadan Nigeria College of the Private Sector Mr Seidnaly Aphadi Fashion designer Niger Category of UCLG Africa Partners Mr John Dossavi President of RAPEC Togo the association of African Professionals in the area of Culture the man behind the celebration of the UNESCO World Day of African and Afro descendent Culture on 24 January every year and Mr William Cobbett former Director at the Cities Alliance Secretariat and former Director General for the National Department of Housing in President Nelson Mandela s Government of National Unity South Africa MEETING OF MINISTERS The Ministers meeting is one of the three parallel meetings of the political segment being held over the last two days of the Africities Summit The Ministers meeting includes African ministers who are members of the African Union s Specialized Technical Committee on Public Service Local Government Urban Development and Decentralization STC 8 as well as ministers in charge of Finance and or the Economy Drawing lessons from the COVID 19 pandemic the ministers confirmed the resolve of African governments to minimize dependency from the world market for commodities and services indispensable for the day to day living conditions of the people such as food systems or health services and strive and improve self reliance through the promotion of local economies economic that connect closely intermediary cities with their rural hinterlands which should be instrumental to building a more balanced spatial development of human settlements at national regional and continental levels in line with the UN s New Urban Agenda The ministers confirmed that COVID 19 puts a huge burden on African public finances that makes it difficult for the national level to make adequate transfer of resources to the local governments as it should have They suggested therefore that innovative forms of funding be sought for subnational and local governments including improving local government owned sourced revenues but also the recourse to innovative instruments such as public private partnership or bonds issuing on the capital market The proposal by UCLG Africa to set up a special purpose vehicle the Africa Territorial Agency ATA is a welcome move to the right direction and should be supported The ministers also confirmed the rightness and urgency to pay more attention to intermediary cities in national urban policies They acknowledged the need to bring the issue of the role of cities including intermediary cities in the structural transformation of Africa to the attention of the heads of State and Government of the African Union to form part of the agenda of one of their nearest conferences with the support of the African Union Commission The ministers also bought in the proposal to make culture the fourth pillar of sustainable development in sync with the proposal of the 2021 African Union Year tagged the African Year for heritage arts and culture They fully supported the proposal by UCLG Africa to celebrate the African Capitals of Culture biennially They welcomed the celebration of the city of Rabat as the first African Capital of Culture for the years 2022 2023 The ministers acknowledged the fundamental change introduced by the digitalization of society They committed to support the digital transformation of the continent and committed to facilitate ICT investment and equipment as well as skilling local governments staff in digital governance They welcomed the establishment of the network of smart intermediary cities headed by the City of Benguerir Morocco The ministers also welcome the adoption of the Local Government Charter on Gender Equality and committed to the implementation of its provisions in the different African countries The ministers finally discussed and adopted the questions they wished to ask to Mayors on the hand and to Development partners in the other hand in the framework of the tripartite dialogue roundtable between ministers mayors and development partners They also agreed on the five ministers that would be on the delegation of ministers at the tripartite dialogue roundtable to be held on May 21 2022 namely the ministers from Tanzania Rwanda Niger Mozambique and Egypt We have done enough exchanges benchmarking comparisons contrasts a feel of best experiences and also what level each one of us is at It is now really a question of putting into practice what we are preaching when we get back and come the next convention we should be able to report on the deliverables and what we have picked out of such a large convention and hopefully it should not be a talking shop said Hon Gary Nkombo Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Zambia MEETING OF MAYORS The meeting of mayors and leaders of subnational and local governments of Africa was first called to reflect on the implementation of the decentralization policy within the African continent The participants in the meeting recommended that the triennial Report on the institutional enabling environment created by the national governments in favor of city and subnational and local governments serve as the basis of a permanent dialogue between the central State and the local governments on the implementation of the decentralization policy The celebration of the Decentralization Day on August 10 each year can serve as a moment for presenting the local governments perspective of the implementation of the decentralization policy in each African country The meeting of Mayors recognized that local governments has been at the forefront in fighting unforeseen COVID 19 pandemic which has resulted in unexpected expenditure and the reduction of owned sourced revenues of around 30 to 50 Hence the proposal to include subnational and local government among the beneficiaries of Post COVID support packages The meeting of Mayors gave its full support to the setting up of the Africa Territorial Agency the special purpose vehicle aimed at facilitating access of African cities and territories to the capital market The meeting also praised the effort of UCLG Africa to facilitate access of African local government to climate finance and fully supported the organization of a Forum of Mayors for Climate in the official program of COP 27 in Sharm Al Sheikh Egypt The meeting of Mayors recognized that from now on the digital transformation of subnational and local governments is a must and has become the urgent duty of the day They therefore committed to embark into the digitalization their governance and operations They praised the efforts of UCLG Africa that has digitalized the operations of its Academy ALGA by putting in place an e academy and welcome the partnership established with the 01Talent Company aiming at producing 500 000 young coding specialists in African cities and territories within the coming 10 years The mayors as well welcomed the proposal to set up a e trading capacity building program to allow young Africans to become traders on the principal stock exchange in the world while still residing back home in Africa Mayors also recommended the involvement of all stakeholders of the territory in digital transformation through the development of living labs approaches The meeting of Mayors valued the decentralization cooperation as a means to associate subnational and local governments into the dynamism of African integration to fight discrimination against migrant populations to embed the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area into the social cultural as well economic realities of the continent reflected in intermediary cities and to participate in the early warning mechanism on conflicts put in place by the African Union at the level of the Regional Economic Communities To that effect the meeting of Mayors recommended that a mechanism be in place to encourage the participation of local governments in the regional economic dynamic An example of such mechanism is given by the Council of Territorial Governments CCT established as a body the West African Economic and Monetary Union WAEMU a part of the Economic Community of West African Stated ECOWAS The meeting of Mayors recommended therefore to put in place a council of subnational and local governments in the different Regional Economic Communities mirroring the High Council of African Local Authorities set up as a consultative body of the African Union The meeting of Mayors recommended that all regional economic communities define cross borders decentralized cooperation programs for cities and territories to be able to transform the borders of African countries inherited from colonial times from breaking points to stitching points following the wise word of His Excellency Alpha Oumar Konar former President of Mali and former President of the African Union Commission The meeting of Mayors urged all African countries to sign and ratify the African Charter on the Values and Principles of Decentralization Local Governance and Local Development The meeting also called on all city and territorial governments of Africa to adopt the African Charter on Gender Equality proposed by the REFELA the network of female Mayors and Local Elected Officials of Africa The meeting of Mayors praised the initiative of the Kingdom of Morocco to set up an African Fund for International Decentralized Cooperation that supports city to city partnerships in Africa and called for the setting up of such decentralization cooperation funds in many other countries of Africa in order to build contribute through robust decentralized cooperation programs to the emergence of the Africa of the Peoples above and beyond the Africa of post colonial National States thus contributing to building African integration from its cities and territories The meeting of Mayors considered that intermediary cities are the support points for the emergence of strong local economies a sine qua non for the bifurcation towards the road to a more economically resilient ecologically sustainable and socially just and inclusive development pathway The meeting supported therefore the effort of cities and territories engaged in the rethinking of their development policies and strategies taking into account the Sustainable Development Goals and the objectives of Agenda 2063 of the African Union The meeting of Mayors endorsed the proposal by the Youth Day to create youth empowerment councils bringing together youth organizations to take care of identifying opportunities for younger generations in terms of education employment and investment and to advise the municipality on policies dedicated to youth in order to address the challenge of youth at odds with peaceful social relations and prey to delinquency and crime We have discussed several things but one of the key things that we hope will be implemented after the tripartite discussions is the harmonization of structures across Africa This is because some countries have a minister in charge of Decentralization working directly with local authorities and other countries do not have it This is why there is a discrepancy in budgets because some countries have 2 of their national resources allocated to subnational and local governments budgets while others have 15 This is a huge difference and harmonizing of infrastructure would be a win said Mrs Khady Niang SYLLA Deputy Mayor of Dakar The meeting of Mayors then approved the five questions they would ask to ministers and development partners during the tripartite dialogue roundtable as well the delegates representing the Mayors and leaders of subnational governments namely Mayor Mrs L khiel Mayor of Arbaoua Morocco Mrs Kady Niang Deputy Mayor of Dakar Senegal Mrs Maria Helena Langa Mayor of Mandlakazi Mozambique Mr Rama Mayor of District 4 City of N Djamena Chad and Mr Kitour Mayor of Eldoret Kenya MEETING OF DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS The Development Partners meeting approved the 5 questions to be submitted to the ministers and mayors and subnational governments leaders They also debated and proposed the roadmap to be adopted at the end of the Summit This roadmap is supposed to make sure the support of development partners contributes to strengthening the place and role of intermediary cities in the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and of the African Union s Agenda 2063 One of the things we ask the mayors as development partners is what do you want and what do you need We do ask these questions because local authorities are the best engineers of development We hope that some of the donors including the major players will start to say we want to see how to finance local authorities directly said Laurent Bossard Director of the Sahel and West Africa Club OECD Upcoming sessions On May 21st the focus will be on the tripartite roundtable between ministers mayors and development partners and on the presentation of declarations and adoption of the roadmap for the ninth edition of the Africities summit and the official closing session followed up by the official closing gala dinner Video B Roll Day 4 https bit ly 3LSnAKc
    9th Africities Summit: Official Opening of Political Segment
      The fourth day of the Africities summit started with the official opening of the political segment which was marked by a conversation between two former African heads of State namely His Excellency Joaquim Chissano former President of Mozambique and His Excellency Danny Faure former President of Seychelles The main topic of the conversation was Thriving the way for the future of Africa in a world of turmoil The young elected officials invited the former heads of State to reflect and advise them around the unbalanced share of public financial and human resources between the national level and the local level on the centrality of cities and territories as places hit by the consequences of climate change and paradoxically their absence at the table when discussing climate action on the proposal to devise a program for upgrading tou7nghe infrastructure and equipment of local governments including intermediary cities within the pan African framework as was the case with the NEPAD major infrastructure program for intermediary cities to play their rightful role as engineering places for the African Continental Free Trade Area a booster for African integration on making cross border decentralized cooperation a tool for African integration and finally on arguments to put forward to give hope to young Africans that they have a future on this continent instead for them dying in the Mediterranean trying to find their future outside the continent In response His Excellency Joaquim Chissano told the leaders of local governments that as much as it is OK to engage national governments for a better share of public resources between the national and the local levels of government there is need also to find creative ways of mobilising locally the resources they need It would be important for local governments to engage in dialogue between themselves and the central government and ensure that there s a permanent space for dialogue through associations for example to discuss the issues they have said His Excellency Joaquim Chissano former President of Mozambique With regards to climate change His Excellency Danny Faure urged United Cities and Local Governments of Africa to fight and ensure that local governments have a seat at the negotiating table during the upcoming COP 27 in Egypt COP is the name given to the annual meeting of world leaders in a climate change capacity COP27 will be the 27th such conference to take place in Sharm Al Sheikh Egypt in November 2022 It is important that we have at the table representatives of intermediary cities and local governments We also need to press that Loss and Damage as a facility is created and approved so that nations having difficulties because of climate change can benefit from this new facility said His Excellency Danny Faure former president of Seychelles Watch video Interview of HE Danny Faure https bit ly 3sXRK81 Loss and damage are a general term used in the United Nations climate negotiations to refer to the consequences of climate extreme events hitting communities ill prepared to face them Loss and damage refer to the consideration that the Africa is responsible for less than 4 of greenhouse gas emissions but is one of the regions of the world most impacted by the consequences of global warming it did not participate in producing Loss and damage also refer to the compensation that Africa should be receiving from the rest of the world for the role it is playing in carbon sinking notably through the Forest of the Congo Basin and Africa s wetlands It is about maintaining dignified living standards for the population in forest area to ensure that they do not engage in deforestation to earn a living On the other hand it should be noted that a conversation took place between two former heads of State and Young Leaders of local governments of Africa aged 35 or below After the dialogue between the former heads of State and young leaders an UCLG Africa honorary membership award ceremony was organised during which the two former heads of State gave their honorary membership attributes to the nominees in the 5 colleges of UCLG Africa honorary members namely the college of former mayors and leaders of subnational and local governments the college of the academia the college of the private sector and the college of UCLG partners in exclusion of the college of former heads of State The following members received their honorary membership attributes from the hands of President Chissano and President Faure College of former Mayors and Leaders of subnational and local government Governments of Africa Ms Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda former Mayor of Libreville and Prime Minister of Gabon Mrs Celestine Ketcha Court s former Mayor of Bagangte Cameroon and former President REFELA Minister of Urban Development and Housing Cameroon Mr Jeannot Ahoussou Kouadio President of the Senate C te d Ivoire Mr Daby Diagne former Mayor of Louga Senegal and former President last President of the United Towns Organization UTO Mr Hugues Ngou lond l former Mayor of Brazzaville Congo and former President of UCLG Africa Mr Tarayia Ole Kores former President Association of Local Government Authorities of Kenya ALGAK and former President UCLG Africa Mr Khalifa Sall former Mayor of Dakar Senegal and former President of UCLG Africa Mr Mpho Moruakgomo former President of the Botswana Association of Local Authorities BALA and former Vice President UCLG Africa Mr Thabo Manyoni former Mayor of Magaung South Africa former President of the South African Local Government Association SALGA and former Vice President of UCLG Africa Mr Eneas Comiche Mayor of Maputo Mozambique former Vice President of UCLG Africa Mr Ahmed Hamza former Mayor of Nouakchott Mauritania and former Vice President UCLG Africa Mr Omar Bahraoui former Mayor of Rabat Morocco and former Vice President of UCLG Africa and Mr Simon Compaor former Mayor of Ouagadougou and former member of UCLG Africa s Executive Committee College of Academia Professor Akinlawon Mabogunje former Dean of the Faculty of Geography University of Ibadan Nigeria College of the Private Sector Mr Seidnaly Aphadi Fashion designer Niger Category of UCLG Africa Partners Mr John Dossavi President of RAPEC Togo the association of African Professionals in the area of Culture the man behind the celebration of the UNESCO World Day of African and Afro descendent Culture on 24 January every year and Mr William Cobbett former Director at the Cities Alliance Secretariat and former Director General for the National Department of Housing in President Nelson Mandela s Government of National Unity South Africa MEETING OF MINISTERS The Ministers meeting is one of the three parallel meetings of the political segment being held over the last two days of the Africities Summit The Ministers meeting includes African ministers who are members of the African Union s Specialized Technical Committee on Public Service Local Government Urban Development and Decentralization STC 8 as well as ministers in charge of Finance and or the Economy Drawing lessons from the COVID 19 pandemic the ministers confirmed the resolve of African governments to minimize dependency from the world market for commodities and services indispensable for the day to day living conditions of the people such as food systems or health services and strive and improve self reliance through the promotion of local economies economic that connect closely intermediary cities with their rural hinterlands which should be instrumental to building a more balanced spatial development of human settlements at national regional and continental levels in line with the UN s New Urban Agenda The ministers confirmed that COVID 19 puts a huge burden on African public finances that makes it difficult for the national level to make adequate transfer of resources to the local governments as it should have They suggested therefore that innovative forms of funding be sought for subnational and local governments including improving local government owned sourced revenues but also the recourse to innovative instruments such as public private partnership or bonds issuing on the capital market The proposal by UCLG Africa to set up a special purpose vehicle the Africa Territorial Agency ATA is a welcome move to the right direction and should be supported The ministers also confirmed the rightness and urgency to pay more attention to intermediary cities in national urban policies They acknowledged the need to bring the issue of the role of cities including intermediary cities in the structural transformation of Africa to the attention of the heads of State and Government of the African Union to form part of the agenda of one of their nearest conferences with the support of the African Union Commission The ministers also bought in the proposal to make culture the fourth pillar of sustainable development in sync with the proposal of the 2021 African Union Year tagged the African Year for heritage arts and culture They fully supported the proposal by UCLG Africa to celebrate the African Capitals of Culture biennially They welcomed the celebration of the city of Rabat as the first African Capital of Culture for the years 2022 2023 The ministers acknowledged the fundamental change introduced by the digitalization of society They committed to support the digital transformation of the continent and committed to facilitate ICT investment and equipment as well as skilling local governments staff in digital governance They welcomed the establishment of the network of smart intermediary cities headed by the City of Benguerir Morocco The ministers also welcome the adoption of the Local Government Charter on Gender Equality and committed to the implementation of its provisions in the different African countries The ministers finally discussed and adopted the questions they wished to ask to Mayors on the hand and to Development partners in the other hand in the framework of the tripartite dialogue roundtable between ministers mayors and development partners They also agreed on the five ministers that would be on the delegation of ministers at the tripartite dialogue roundtable to be held on May 21 2022 namely the ministers from Tanzania Rwanda Niger Mozambique and Egypt We have done enough exchanges benchmarking comparisons contrasts a feel of best experiences and also what level each one of us is at It is now really a question of putting into practice what we are preaching when we get back and come the next convention we should be able to report on the deliverables and what we have picked out of such a large convention and hopefully it should not be a talking shop said Hon Gary Nkombo Minister of Local Government and Rural Development Zambia MEETING OF MAYORS The meeting of mayors and leaders of subnational and local governments of Africa was first called to reflect on the implementation of the decentralization policy within the African continent The participants in the meeting recommended that the triennial Report on the institutional enabling environment created by the national governments in favor of city and subnational and local governments serve as the basis of a permanent dialogue between the central State and the local governments on the implementation of the decentralization policy The celebration of the Decentralization Day on August 10 each year can serve as a moment for presenting the local governments perspective of the implementation of the decentralization policy in each African country The meeting of Mayors recognized that local governments has been at the forefront in fighting unforeseen COVID 19 pandemic which has resulted in unexpected expenditure and the reduction of owned sourced revenues of around 30 to 50 Hence the proposal to include subnational and local government among the beneficiaries of Post COVID support packages The meeting of Mayors gave its full support to the setting up of the Africa Territorial Agency the special purpose vehicle aimed at facilitating access of African cities and territories to the capital market The meeting also praised the effort of UCLG Africa to facilitate access of African local government to climate finance and fully supported the organization of a Forum of Mayors for Climate in the official program of COP 27 in Sharm Al Sheikh Egypt The meeting of Mayors recognized that from now on the digital transformation of subnational and local governments is a must and has become the urgent duty of the day They therefore committed to embark into the digitalization their governance and operations They praised the efforts of UCLG Africa that has digitalized the operations of its Academy ALGA by putting in place an e academy and welcome the partnership established with the 01Talent Company aiming at producing 500 000 young coding specialists in African cities and territories within the coming 10 years The mayors as well welcomed the proposal to set up a e trading capacity building program to allow young Africans to become traders on the principal stock exchange in the world while still residing back home in Africa Mayors also recommended the involvement of all stakeholders of the territory in digital transformation through the development of living labs approaches The meeting of Mayors valued the decentralization cooperation as a means to associate subnational and local governments into the dynamism of African integration to fight discrimination against migrant populations to embed the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area into the social cultural as well economic realities of the continent reflected in intermediary cities and to participate in the early warning mechanism on conflicts put in place by the African Union at the level of the Regional Economic Communities To that effect the meeting of Mayors recommended that a mechanism be in place to encourage the participation of local governments in the regional economic dynamic An example of such mechanism is given by the Council of Territorial Governments CCT established as a body the West African Economic and Monetary Union WAEMU a part of the Economic Community of West African Stated ECOWAS The meeting of Mayors recommended therefore to put in place a council of subnational and local governments in the different Regional Economic Communities mirroring the High Council of African Local Authorities set up as a consultative body of the African Union The meeting of Mayors recommended that all regional economic communities define cross borders decentralized cooperation programs for cities and territories to be able to transform the borders of African countries inherited from colonial times from breaking points to stitching points following the wise word of His Excellency Alpha Oumar Konar former President of Mali and former President of the African Union Commission The meeting of Mayors urged all African countries to sign and ratify the African Charter on the Values and Principles of Decentralization Local Governance and Local Development The meeting also called on all city and territorial governments of Africa to adopt the African Charter on Gender Equality proposed by the REFELA the network of female Mayors and Local Elected Officials of Africa The meeting of Mayors praised the initiative of the Kingdom of Morocco to set up an African Fund for International Decentralized Cooperation that supports city to city partnerships in Africa and called for the setting up of such decentralization cooperation funds in many other countries of Africa in order to build contribute through robust decentralized cooperation programs to the emergence of the Africa of the Peoples above and beyond the Africa of post colonial National States thus contributing to building African integration from its cities and territories The meeting of Mayors considered that intermediary cities are the support points for the emergence of strong local economies a sine qua non for the bifurcation towards the road to a more economically resilient ecologically sustainable and socially just and inclusive development pathway The meeting supported therefore the effort of cities and territories engaged in the rethinking of their development policies and strategies taking into account the Sustainable Development Goals and the objectives of Agenda 2063 of the African Union The meeting of Mayors endorsed the proposal by the Youth Day to create youth empowerment councils bringing together youth organizations to take care of identifying opportunities for younger generations in terms of education employment and investment and to advise the municipality on policies dedicated to youth in order to address the challenge of youth at odds with peaceful social relations and prey to delinquency and crime We have discussed several things but one of the key things that we hope will be implemented after the tripartite discussions is the harmonization of structures across Africa This is because some countries have a minister in charge of Decentralization working directly with local authorities and other countries do not have it This is why there is a discrepancy in budgets because some countries have 2 of their national resources allocated to subnational and local governments budgets while others have 15 This is a huge difference and harmonizing of infrastructure would be a win said Mrs Khady Niang SYLLA Deputy Mayor of Dakar The meeting of Mayors then approved the five questions they would ask to ministers and development partners during the tripartite dialogue roundtable as well the delegates representing the Mayors and leaders of subnational governments namely Mayor Mrs L khiel Mayor of Arbaoua Morocco Mrs Kady Niang Deputy Mayor of Dakar Senegal Mrs Maria Helena Langa Mayor of Mandlakazi Mozambique Mr Rama Mayor of District 4 City of N Djamena Chad and Mr Kitour Mayor of Eldoret Kenya MEETING OF DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS The Development Partners meeting approved the 5 questions to be submitted to the ministers and mayors and subnational governments leaders They also debated and proposed the roadmap to be adopted at the end of the Summit This roadmap is supposed to make sure the support of development partners contributes to strengthening the place and role of intermediary cities in the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and of the African Union s Agenda 2063 One of the things we ask the mayors as development partners is what do you want and what do you need We do ask these questions because local authorities are the best engineers of development We hope that some of the donors including the major players will start to say we want to see how to finance local authorities directly said Laurent Bossard Director of the Sahel and West Africa Club OECD Upcoming sessions On May 21st the focus will be on the tripartite roundtable between ministers mayors and development partners and on the presentation of declarations and adoption of the roadmap for the ninth edition of the Africities summit and the official closing session followed up by the official closing gala dinner Video B Roll Day 4 https bit ly 3LSnAKc
    9th Africities Summit: Official Opening of Political Segment
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    9th Africities Summit: Official Opening of Political Segment

    The fourth day of the Africities summit started with the official opening of the political segment which was marked by a conversation between two former African heads of State namely, His Excellency Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique and His Excellency Danny Faure former President of Seychelles. The main topic of the conversation was “Thriving the way for the future of Africa in a world of turmoil”. The young elected officials invited the former heads of State to reflect and advise them around the unbalanced  share of public financial and human resources between the national level and the local  level; on the centrality of cities and territories as places hit by the consequences of climate change and paradoxically their absence at the table when discussing climate action; on the proposal to devise a program for upgrading tou7nghe infrastructure and equipment of local governments, including intermediary cities, within the pan-African framework, as was the case with the NEPAD major infrastructure program, for intermediary cities to play their rightful role as engineering places for the African Continental Free Trade Area, a booster for African integration; on making cross-border decentralized cooperation a tool for African integration; and finally on arguments to put forward to give hope to young Africans that they have a future on this continent instead for them dying in the Mediterranean trying to find their future outside the continent.

    In response, His Excellency Joaquim Chissano told the leaders of local governments that as much as it is OK to engage national governments for a better share of public resources between the national and the local levels of government, there is need also to find creative ways of mobilising locally the resources they need.

    “It would be important for local governments to engage in dialogue between themselves and the central government and ensure that there’s a permanent space for dialogue through associations for example to discuss the issues they have” said His Excellency Joaquim Chissano, former President of Mozambique.

    With regards to climate change, His Excellency Danny Faure urged United Cities and Local Governments of Africa to fight and ensure that local governments have a seat at the negotiating table during the upcoming COP 27 in Egypt. COP is the name given to the annual meeting of world leaders in a climate change capacity. COP27 will be the 27th such conference to take place in Sharm- Al-Sheikh, Egypt, in November 2022.

    “It is important that we have at the table representatives of intermediary cities and local governments. We also need to press that "Loss and Damage" as a facility is created and approved so that nations having difficulties because of climate change can benefit from this new facility” said His Excellency Danny Faure, former president of Seychelles. (Watch video Interview of HE Danny Faure: https://bit.ly/3sXRK81)

    Loss and damage are a general term used in the United Nations climate negotiations to refer to the consequences of climate extreme events hitting communities ill-prepared to face them. Loss and damage refer to the consideration that the Africa is responsible for less than 4% of greenhouse gas emissions but is one of the regions of the world most impacted by the consequences of global warming it did not participate in producing. Loss and damage also refer to the compensation that Africa should be receiving from the rest of the world for the role it is playing in carbon sinking, notably through the Forest of the Congo Basin and Africa’s wetlands. It is about maintaining dignified living standards for the population in forest area to ensure that they do not engage in deforestation to earn a living.  

    On the other hand, it should be noted that a conversation took place between two former heads of State and Young Leaders of local governments of Africa aged 35 or below.

    After the dialogue between the former heads of State and young leaders, an UCLG Africa honorary membership award ceremony was organised, during which the two former heads of State gave their honorary membership attributes to  the nominees in  the  5 colleges of UCLG Africa honorary members, namely the college of former mayors and leaders of subnational and local governments, the college of the academia, the college of the private sector, and the college of UCLG partners, in exclusion of the college of former heads of State.

    The following members received their honorary membership attributes from the hands of President Chissano and President Faure:

    College of former Mayors and Leaders of subnational and local  government Governments of Africa: Ms. Rose Christiane Ossouka-Raponda, former Mayor of Libreville, and Prime Minister of Gabon; Mrs Celestine Ketcha Courtès, former Mayor of Bagangte, Cameroon, and former President, REFELA, Minister of Urban Development and Housing, Cameroon;   Mr. Jeannot Ahoussou Kouadio, President of the Senate, Côte d’Ivoire; Mr. Daby Diagne, former Mayor of Louga, Senegal, and former President last President of the United Towns Organization (UTO) ; Mr Hugues Ngouélondélé, former Mayor of Brazzaville, Congo, and former President of UCLG Africa; Mr Tarayia Ole Kores, former President, Association of Local Government Authorities of Kenya, ALGAK, and former President, UCLG Africa; Mr Khalifa Sall, former Mayor of Dakar, Senegal, and former President of UCLG Africa; Mr Mpho Moruakgomo, former President of the Botswana Association of Local Authorities, BALA, and former Vice President, UCLG Africa; Mr Thabo Manyoni, former Mayor of Magaung, South Africa, former President of the South African Local Government Association, SALGA, and former Vice President of UCLG Africa; Mr Eneas Comiche, Mayor of Maputo, Mozambique, former Vice President of UCLG Africa; Mr Ahmed Hamza, former Mayor of Nouakchott, Mauritania and former Vice President, UCLG Africa; Mr Omar Bahraoui, former Mayor of Rabat, Morocco, and former Vice President of UCLG Africa; and Mr Simon Compaoré, former Mayor of Ouagadougou, and former member of UCLG Africa´s Executive Committee.

    College of Academia: Professor Akinlawon Mabogunje, former Dean of the Faculty of Geography, University of Ibadan, Nigeria

    College of the Private Sector: Mr Seidnaly Aphadi, Fashion designer, Niger

    Category of UCLG Africa Partners: Mr. John Dossavi, President of RAPEC, Togo, the association of African Professionals in the area of Culture, the man behind the celebration of the UNESCO World Day of African and Afro-descendent Culture on 24 January every year; and Mr William Cobbett, former Director, at the Cities Alliance Secretariat, and former Director General for the National Department of Housing in President Nelson Mandela’s Government of National Unity, South Africa.

    MEETING OF MINISTERS

    The Ministers' meeting is one of the three parallel meetings of the political segment being held over the last two days of the Africities Summit.  The Ministers' meeting includes African ministers who are members of the African Union's Specialized Technical Committee on Public Service, Local Government, Urban Development and Decentralization (STC 8); as well as ministers in charge of Finance and/or the Economy.

    Drawing lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic, the ministers confirmed the resolve of African governments to minimize dependency from the world market for commodities and services indispensable for the day-to-day living conditions of the people such as food systems or health services; and strive and improve self-reliance through the promotion of local economies economic that connect closely intermediary cities with their rural hinterlands, which should be instrumental to building a more balanced spatial development of human settlements at national, regional and continental levels, in line with the UN´s New Urban Agenda.

    The ministers confirmed that COVID-19 puts a huge burden on African public finances that makes it difficult for the national level to make adequate transfer of resources to the local governments as it should have. They suggested therefore that innovative forms of funding be sought for subnational and local governments, including improving local government owned-sourced revenues, but also the recourse to innovative instruments such as public-private-partnership or bonds issuing on the capital market. The proposal by UCLG Africa to set up a special purpose vehicle, the Africa Territorial Agency, ATA, is a welcome move to the right direction and should be supported.   

    The ministers also confirmed the rightness and urgency to pay more attention to intermediary cities in national urban policies. They acknowledged the need to bring the issue of the role of cities including intermediary cities in the structural transformation of Africa to the attention of the heads of State and Government of the African Union to form part of the agenda of one of their nearest conferences, with the support of the African Union Commission.

    The ministers also bought in the proposal to make culture the fourth pillar of sustainable development in sync with the proposal of the 2021 African Union Year tagged the African Year for heritage, arts, and culture. They fully supported the proposal by UCLG Africa to celebrate the African Capitals of Culture biennially. They welcomed the celebration of the city of Rabat as the first African Capital of Culture for the years 2022-2023.  

    The ministers acknowledged the fundamental change introduced by the digitalization of society. They committed to support the digital transformation of the continent and committed to facilitate ICT investment and equipment as well as skilling local governments staff in digital governance. They welcomed the establishment of the network of smart intermediary cities headed by the City of Benguerir, Morocco.

    The ministers also welcome the adoption of the Local Government Charter on Gender Equality and committed to the implementation of its provisions in the different African countries.

    The ministers finally discussed and adopted the questions they wished to ask to Mayors on the hand, and to Development partners in the other hand, in the framework of the tripartite dialogue roundtable between ministers, mayors and development partners. They also agreed on the five ministers that would be on the delegation of ministers at the tripartite dialogue roundtable to be held on May 21, 2022, namely, the ministers from Tanzania, Rwanda, Niger, Mozambique, and Egypt.

    “We have done enough exchanges, benchmarking, comparisons, contrasts, a feel of best experiences, and also what level each one of us is at. It is now really a question of putting into practice what we are preaching when we get back; and come the next convention, we should be able to report on the deliverables and what we have picked out of such a large convention and hopefully it should not be a talking shop” said Hon. Gary Nkombo, Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Zambia.

    MEETING OF MAYORS

    The meeting of mayors and leaders of subnational and local governments of Africa was first called to reflect on the implementation of the decentralization policy within the African continent. The participants in the meeting recommended that the triennial Report on the institutional enabling environment created by the national governments in favor of city and subnational and local governments serve as the basis of a permanent dialogue between the central State and the local governments on the implementation of the decentralization policy. The celebration of the Decentralization Day on August 10 each year can serve as a moment for presenting the local governments´ perspective of the implementation of the decentralization policy in each African country.

    The meeting of Mayors recognized that local governments has been at the forefront in fighting unforeseen COVID-19 pandemic, which has resulted in unexpected expenditure, and the reduction of owned-sourced revenues of around 30% to 50 %. Hence the proposal to include subnational and local government among the beneficiaries of Post-COVID support packages.

    The meeting of Mayors gave its full support to the setting up of the Africa Territorial Agency, the special purpose vehicle aimed at facilitating access of African cities and territories to the capital market. The meeting also praised the effort of UCLG Africa to facilitate access of African local government to climate finance; and fully supported the organization of a Forum of Mayors for Climate in the official program of COP 27 in Sharm-Al-Sheikh, Egypt.

    The meeting of Mayors recognized that, from now on, the digital transformation of subnational and local governments is a must and has become the urgent duty of the day. They therefore committed to embark into the digitalization their governance and operations. They praised the efforts of UCLG Africa that has digitalized the operations of its Academy, ALGA, by putting in place an e-academy and welcome the partnership established with the 01Talent Company aiming at producing 500.000 young coding specialists in African cities and territories within the coming 10 years. The mayors as well welcomed the proposal to set up a e-trading capacity building program to allow young Africans to become traders on the principal stock exchange in the world while still residing back home in Africa. Mayors also recommended the involvement of all stakeholders of the territory in digital transformation through the development of living labs approaches.

    The meeting of Mayors valued the decentralization cooperation as a means to associate subnational and local governments into the dynamism of African integration; to fight discrimination against migrant populations; to embed  the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area into the social, cultural  as well economic realities of the continent reflected in intermediary cities; and to participate in the early warning mechanism on conflicts put in place by the African Union at the level of the Regional Economic Communities. To that effect, the meeting of Mayors recommended that a mechanism be in place to encourage the participation of local governments in the regional economic dynamic. An example of such mechanism is given by the Council of Territorial Governments, CCT, established as a body the West African Economic and Monetary Union, WAEMU, a part of the Economic Community of West African Stated (ECOWAS). The meeting of Mayors recommended therefore to put in place a council of subnational and local governments in the different Regional Economic Communities, mirroring the High Council of African Local Authorities set up as a consultative body of the African Union.

    The meeting of Mayors recommended that all regional economic communities define cross-borders decentralized cooperation programs for cities and territories to be able to transform the borders of African countries inherited from colonial times from "breaking points to stitching points", following the wise word of His Excellency Alpha Oumar Konaré, former President of Mali and former President of the African Union Commission. 

    The meeting of Mayors urged all African countries to sign and ratify the African Charter on the Values and Principles of Decentralization, Local Governance and Local Development. The meeting also called on all city and territorial governments of Africa to adopt the African Charter on Gender Equality proposed by the REFELA, the network of female Mayors and Local Elected Officials of Africa.

    The meeting of Mayors praised the initiative of the Kingdom of Morocco to set up an African Fund for International Decentralized Cooperation that supports city-to-city partnerships in Africa; and called for the setting up of such decentralization cooperation funds in many other countries of Africa in order to build contribute, through robust decentralized cooperation programs, to the emergence of the “Africa of the Peoples above and beyond the Africa of post-colonial National States”, thus contributing to building African integration from its cities and territories.

    The meeting of Mayors considered that intermediary cities are the support points for the emergence of strong local economies, a sine qua non for the bifurcation towards the road to a more economically resilient, ecologically sustainable, and socially just and inclusive development pathway. The meeting supported therefore the effort of cities and territories engaged in the rethinking of their development policies and strategies, taking into account the Sustainable Development Goals and the objectives of Agenda 2063 of the African Union.

    The meeting of Mayors endorsed the proposal by the Youth Day to create youth empowerment councils bringing together youth organizations to take care of identifying opportunities for younger generations in terms of education, employment, and investment, and to advise the municipality on policies dedicated to youth in order to address the challenge of youth at odds with peaceful social relations and prey to delinquency and crime.

    “We have discussed several things but one of the key things that we hope will be implemented after the tripartite discussions is the harmonization of structures across Africa. This is because some countries have a minister in charge of Decentralization working directly with local authorities and other countries do not have it. This is why there is a discrepancy in budgets because some countries have 2% of their national resources allocated to subnational and local governments budgets while others have 15%. This is a huge difference and harmonizing of infrastructure would be a win” said Mrs. Khady Niang SYLLA, Deputy Mayor of Dakar.

    The meeting of Mayors then approved the five questions they would ask to ministers and development partners during the tripartite dialogue roundtable as well the delegates representing the Mayors and leaders of subnational governments, namely, Mayor Mrs. L´khiel, Mayor of Arbaoua, Morocco; Mrs. Kady Niang Deputy Mayor of Dakar, Senegal, Mrs. Maria Helena Langa, Mayor of Mandlakazi, Mozambique; Mr. Rama, Mayor of District 4, City of N’Djamena,  Chad; and Mr. Kitour, Mayor of Eldoret, Kenya.

    MEETING OF DEVELOPMENT PARTNERS

    The Development Partners meeting approved the 5 questions to be submitted to the ministers and mayors and subnational governments leaders. They also debated and proposed the roadmap to be adopted at the end of the Summit. This roadmap is supposed to make sure the support of development partners contributes to strengthening the place and role of intermediary cities in the implementation of the United Nations´ 2030 Agenda and of the African Union´s Agenda 2063.

    “One of the things we ask the mayors as development partners is what do you want and what do you need? We do ask these questions because local authorities are the best engineers of development. We hope that some of the donors including the major players will start to say:  we want to see how to finance local authorities directly”, said Laurent Bossard, Director of the Sahel and West Africa Club - OECD.

    Upcoming sessions

    On May 21st, the focus will be on the tripartite roundtable between ministers, mayors, and development partners, and on the presentation of declarations and adoption of the roadmap for the ninth edition of the Africities summit, and the official closing session, followed up by the official closing gala dinner.

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