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African intermediary cities facing the climate challenge

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One of the focal points of the 9th Africities Summit will be the climate day, which is of paramount importance in the process of including local authorities in the 2030 agenda and the Paris Agreement.

Indeed, it will be an opportunity to take stock of the implementation of the Marrakech declaration during Africities 2018 and to put in place a roadmap which will make it possible to further strengthen the anchoring of the Regional Communities of Africa in the three pillars of the Paris Agreement, namely: Adaptation, Mitigation and Means of implementation (capacity building, innovation, climate finance).

The details

Intermediate cities are at the heart of the ecological transition. Their proximity to the rural hinterland makes them particularly sensitive to the relationship with nature and to the integrated territorial approach which makes it possible to envisage a decompartmentalization of sectorial approaches in order to improve horizontal relations favoring synergies between sectors in the objective reduce the carbon cost of economic activities and levies on the natural environment of the territories. Africities-8 in Marrakech in Morocco had emphasized the ecological, social and democratic transition and the need to take this articulation into account in Agenda 2063. Taking ecology into account introduces a break in old conceptions economic and social development; this rupture is reinforced by the democratic imperative.

Why organize them now, during the AF9 summit?

It must be said that this year’s summit in Kisumu, Kenya coincides with two milestones: the first is the publication of the results of the recent alarming IPCC report which calls in particular for the extreme urgency of mobilizing the Local Authorities of Africa in the implementation of the Climate Agenda to win the race towards carbon neutrality and the race towards resilience.

The second is the holding of COP 27, which will be organized for the second time in Africa, thus constituting an opportunity to advance the integration of the challenges of cities and territories in the priorities of the COP.

Expectations

What are some of the expectations of the day dedicated to climate during Africities-9? According to UCLG Africa, it will be an opportunity of unifying and amplifying the path of local authorities with regard to the objectives of COP 27 by taking into account the Kisumu declaration, strengthening partnerships with financial organizations to move from planning for the implementation of projects, and to further structure inter-city cooperation in the field of climate and sustainable development around concrete actions on the ground in connection with the « Race To Zero Race To Resilience » initiative.

Expectations will also concern the mobilization and commitment of mayors in the « Round Table of African Mayors for Water Security », the launch of the program on resilience and adaptation in Africa relating to the operationalization of the MoU between UCLG Africa and GCA « Resil-Adapt4mayorsAfrica » as well as the domiciliation of the Africa Adaptation Initiative (AAI) at the UCLG Africa regional office based in Cairo Egypt (NARO).

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