Localizing Sustainable Development Goal 11: inclusive urban planning for city authorities in Southern Africa
In the context of Sustainable Development Goal 11, UNESCO, the Ministry of Urban and Rural Development of Namibia, United Cities and Local Governments, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) of Africa and its African Local Governments Academy (ALGA), and the city of Swakopmund, partner to host the peer learning event on "Localizing SDG 11: inclusive urban planning". The exchange will take place in Swakopmund from 17 to 19 May 2017.
The main objective of this learning event is to strengthen the capacity of local governments to use planning processes to tackle challenges related to urbanization and inclusive local development. The event will focus on issues such as the concept of intermediary cities in the African context, social inclusion, and different types of planning strategies supported by the largely tested methodology of “Base Plan”, developed by the UNESCO Chair for Intermediary Cities.
Decentralized cooperation and learning between cities are powerful tools to better develop participatory urbanism and planning tools, as it allows local governments to learn from peers, exchange knowledge and best practices. Intermediary cities in the African context share similar experiences and challenges. Peer to peer learning is an opportunity to discuss and envision solutions to some of the challenges intermediary cities are currently experiencing.
The event will also explore different types of management for the transformation of intermediary cities and the integration of concepts such as the right to the city and participatory budgeting into planning exercises. At the same time, the event aims to be a building block for the consolidation of SMILE as a learning HUB for intermediary cities in the region. UCLG Africa is particularly interested in further systematizing capacity building blocks that may be developed based on this activity and be part of the local government programme they are developing within ALGA.
This initiative is set within the framework of the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities – ICCAR, a network of over 500 city authorities across the world, launched by UNESCO in 2004 and organized around seven regional and national coalitions. Through ICCAR, UNESCO promotes international cooperation between cities to promote inclusive urban development free from all forms of discrimination, by sharing well evaluated practices, knowledge and expertise, and by advancing communal action through the participatory development of city-level policies and initiatives.