In a few days' time, Tshwane will welcome mayors of African capitals to the African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum (ACCSF). Now in its fifth year, the ACCSF is scheduled to take place from 24 to 25 June 2019 as part of Sustainability Week (24 to 28 June 2019) at the CSIR International Convention Centre under the theme, Collective responsibility for sustainable African capital cities.
The ACCSF creates a platform for participants to discuss possible interventions, opportunities and threats facing African capital cities, and influence their potential for economic growth, social inclusion and environmental protection. It facilitates the exchange of knowledge and learning, and explores how to find truly African solutions to African problems.
This year's gathering will be explored through the following topics:
- Unlocking the potential of urban youth
- Improving resource efficiency through sustainable infrastructure and shaping circular economies
- Building resilience to climate change and investing in disaster risk reduction
- Improving equity through a people-centred approach to urban development
- Financing and governing the future
The forum is expected to attract over 400 participants – mayors and city managers from African capital cities, as well as sustainability stakeholders from academia, the private sector and civil society, and the youth. It is a closed event and attendance is per invitation only.
The Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Cllr Stevens Mokgalapa, will give the opening address, which will be followed by a mayoral procession that will recognise the leadership of capital cities and their sustainability efforts.
The objectives of the ACCSF are to –
- create an international platform for the political leaders of African capital cities to explore new sustainability and green economy perspectives and initiatives, and share, discuss and develop strategic approaches to implementing these in their cities;
- stimulate a dialogue among the leaders regarding the importance of committing to and mainstreaming sustainability into city operations and service delivery;
- provide strategic continental leadership on sustainability and the green economy agenda; and
- illustrate the importance of political leadership by taking responsibility in tackling climate change, inequality, poverty, displacement and environmental degradation.
For more information, you can visit http://www.africancapitalcities.org/