Africités Summit 2018 in Marrakech

November 20-24, Marrakech, Morocco

The 8th Africités Summit was organised by United Local Government and Cities of Africa (CGLU), in collaboration with the Moroccan Communal Council Presidents Association (AMPCC) and the Association for Moroccan Regions (ARM), supported by the Kingdom of Morocco Home Secretary.

The participation scope was unexpected: 8300 attendees representing more than 77 countries, including 53 African countries and around 3000 local officials, maires and territorial communities’ leaders.

The Africités Summit is the most important dialogue platform in Africa regarding decentralisation, local governance, and local and territorial communities’ contributions to integration and development for Africa.

The theme of this edition was « Transition towards sustainable cities and territories, the role of territorial communities in Africa ». Three special days were organised around Migration, Climate, and Urban planification issues. The Climate Day insisted on the urgency for territorial communities to commit in the implementation of the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) according to the Paris Agreement on climate change.

The Urban Planning Day emphasised the urban planification as a basic tool for transition towards sustainable cities and territories. It also reminded the importance of implementing urban agencies to follow up the urbanisation dynamics, as well as implementing a framework to enable dialogue between all the actors in order to define the urban space rules of use and allocation with respect for ecological constraints.

On November 21st, MobiliseYourCity Morocco program representatives participated to the round table exchanges about “the Sustainable Mobility Revolution”. MobiliseYourCity was also present on the side of the DGCL, represented by Mohammed N’GADI, Chief of Urban Mobility and Transports Division (DDUT) to debate on “Local Strategies to enable Access to Transports and Mobility for All”.

(Photos: the « sustainable mobility Revolution » round table)

Furthermore, the Africités Summit 2018 pointed out two key actors without whom transition towards sustainable cities and territories wouldn’t be possible in Africa: women and young people.

To conclude, the Summit was the occasion to sign a cooperation agreement between the city of Yaoundé (Cameroon) and Marrakech to promote the sharing of expertise for urban development plans between the two cities.

The 9th Africités Summit edition will be held in 2021 in Kisumu, Kenya.