Published On: Tue, Aug 18th, 2015

African city leaders meet in Joburg

JohannesburgSkylineJOHANNESBURG, (CAJ News) - THE continent’s local governments have begun making history as they drive the adoption of the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, City of Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Parks Tau, has said.

He welcomed the fact that the city leaders contributing towards a process of ensuring the realisation of Vision 2063 of the African Union tagged, “An Africa We Want.”

Tau was speaking at the Southern Africa Regional Seminar o the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA) in Pretoria, attended by mayors of various cities, local government associations and representatives from major cities in Southern African countries.

The event comes is being held ahead of the Africities Summit, which Johannesburg will host between the November 29 andDecember 3.

Tau meanwhile expressed his excitement that the Africities Summit would be taking place at a time when the world had an opportunity to define various solutions on sustainable development.

“The acknowledgement of local government as a partner and solution finder in global talks on sustainability and development – which will be discussed at the UN General Assembly in September, COP 21 in December and Habitat lll in October next year - is a great achievement collectively for
local governments everywhere,”  Tau said.

Tau said the need for the development agenda to respond hadnever been greater and local governments must be at the forefront of leadership in that regard.

“The Africities Summit gives us a great platform to producea document that will give clear guidance and direction for all local government to connect a vigorous understanding and appreciation of their strengths and abilities.”

It is expected the document would provide a futuristic overview of African cities and map a model of how each city canattain their specific vision.

– CAJ News

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