African Cities Share Local Climate Solutions

The Local Climate Solutions for Africa Congress 2013 brought together over 400 delegates from across Africa, including local government and city mayors, governors and leaders, national government ministries, development partners, NGOs and the private sector.
Centered around the theme ‘Africa transitioning: embracing urbanization, responding to change and harnessing opportunities’, the congress explored both the challenges for urban development posed by climate change and extreme events in Africa, as well as opportunities for building more resilient urban areas, for transformative green growth and innovative actions, such as exploring the inter-related challenges of water, energy and food security.

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Across Africa, urbanisation presents multiple development challenges – but also new opportunities to transform towards productive and inclusive cities. Globally more than half of the world’s population resides in cities and urban areas, severely increasing pressure on essential services, infrastructure and the natural systems that underpin economies and social well-being. 

Security and access issues pertaining to water, energy and food are being exacerbated by climate change, affecting the most vulnerable communities within society. These challenges call for innovative solutions, bold leadership and strong political commitment. By presenting examples of best practice and innovative thinking, and promoting knowledge sharing between cities, emerging urban solutions can be rapidly multiplied across Africa.

Climate Solutions Africa_icleiLocal Climate Solutions for Africa is a unique and accessible platform for African cities and local governments to gain access to a gateway of solutions, share good practice and locally appropriate solutions and technologies towards accelerated climate action, promote scaled action, and to push for direct access to resources enabling the acceleration of climate action across Africa. By mobilising strong partnerships, new and exciting initiatives can be harnessed. 

ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, convening partner to the City of Dar es Salaam, is the world’s leading network of cities and local governments for sustainability, consisting of 12 mega-cities, 100 super-cities, 450 large and urban regions and 450 small and medium sized cities and towns. The aim of ICLEI’s Africa office at this congress is to facilitate, partner, and to co-design solutions, tools and scaled implementation actions with local governments and its wide range of partners across the continent.

The Honourable Mayor of Dar es Salaam, and chairperson of the Association of Local Authorities in Tanzania (ALAT) Dr Didas Massaburi, and host of the Congress, said in his welcome address: “I hope that here we shall be networking with each other, but also finding solutions with a clear future for the African city.” 

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ICLEI President David Cadman, provided a passionate challenge: “We are now in the 21st Century and this will determine the fate of the planet. Your challenge is to figure out how to be part of the solution. The solutions to the future of this planet are found in cities, and you are the leaders that can make it happen. We at ICLEI stand ready to assist in achieving this together”.


This was reiterated by Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General, of UCLG Africa who called for action and implementation at the local level, supported and enabled by national partners and the international community.

 

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