At the invitation of the minister of local government and rural development of Ghana, Mr. Akwasi Opong Fosu, the UCLG Africa secretary general participated in the meeting called in Accra on 19 and 20 November 2013.
The aim of the meeting was to discuss the implementation of the New African Urban Agenda initiative in preparation of the 2016 Habitat III Conference. It shall be recalled that this initiative was launched by President Mahama of Ghana and President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria at the last UN general assembly in September 2013.
The meeting was also attended by UN Habitat (Mrs. Mariam Yunusa); the Cities Alliance Secretariat (Mr. Julian Baskin), GIZ (Mr. Sebastian Sunderhaus), as well as by officers from the national association of local authorities of Ghana (NALAG) and from the ministry of local government and rural development of Ghana. The meeting was chaired by the minister in person.
The agenda included:
- the New African Urban Agenda: background, content, actors, process
- the Post-2015 process
- the Habitat III process
- the Africa 2063 Agenda
The meeting highlighted the need to start changing the narrative about African cities, from negative to more positive. There is need to reinterrogate common knowledge, including the vocabulary used to describe the urban realities of Africa.
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