One month before the 9th edition of the Africities Summit scheduled to take place on 17-21 May 2022 in Kisumu, Kenya, the session program has concluded. 170 sessions recorded for this edition are placed under the High Protection of His Excellency, Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya. The theme chosen for this summit is: “The role of intermediary cities in Africa in the implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and the African Union2063 agenda“.
Held every 3 years over a period of 5 days, alternately in different parts of Africa, the Africities Summit is the largest democracy gathering held on the African continent. The flagship event of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) is organized in partnership with the Government of Kenya, the Council of Governors of Kenya (CoG), and Kisumu District will for the first time held in an intermediate city.
Distinguished personalities are expected to attend the meeting in Kisumu and take an active part in the main dialogue platform on decentralization and local governance, bringing together African ministers; and mayors, leaders and elected representatives of local authorities; civil society organizations; traditional authority; representatives of the African Diaspora; actors from the economic world; experts, researchers and academics; financial institutions, as well as development partners.
President of the Republic of Senegal, HE Mr Macky Sall, accepted the invitation of the organizing committee to participate in the Summit in his capacity as the current President of the African Union (AU). Invitations to participate were sent to the following individuals: HE Mr Mohamadou Issoufouformer President of the Republic of Niger; HE John F. Kerry, former United States Secretary of State, Presidential Special Envoy for Climate; Mrs. Aminah J. MohamedDeputy Secretary General of the United Nations; Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chair of the African Union Commission, Mrs. Maimuna Mohd Sharif, UN-Habitat Executive Director, Mrs. Vera SongweExecutive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA); Dr. Akinwumi AdesinaPresident of the African Development Bank (AfDB); Prof Benedict Oromah, Chairman of Afeximbank; Mr Samuel Eto’o, President of the Cameroon Football Federation; and Mr Didier Drogba, former Ivory Coast international footballer.
“I am pleased to officially announce that the city of Kisumu will host the largest African Summit ever held in Kenya,” said His Excellency, Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, on 01 June 2021 in Kisumu
The Summit has so far recorded that more than 3,000 participants have registered for the 5-day reflection around the theme of the Summit, organized within the framework of thematic sessions, sessions on local policies and strategies, and the political segment of the Summit. Africities 9 also consists of special days organized on key topics that mobilize the attention of the continent’s mayors and local government leaders, namely Climate Day; Diaspora and Afro Descendants Day; Digital Day; Culture Day; City Planning Day; Housing Day; Women’s Day; Youth Day; and the Africities Trade and Investment Forum. As part of the Summit, the City and Local Government International Exhibition will also be held. The Africities Exhibition offers institutions, economic operators, academia and research, as well as civil society organizations the opportunity to demonstrate their experience, knowledge, methods, tools and products in response to requests and needs in terms of support to local authorities for the implementation of their mandates. B2B encounters with local authorities, which could possibly lead to the signing of contracts between the protagonists. The 9 Africities Summit will also serve as a framework for the elective General Assembly which aims to appoint members of the organization’s governing body. Indeed, UCLG Africa’s elective General Assembly will be held on 19 May 2022, preceded on 18 May by the general assemblies of the Locally Elected African Women’s Network (REFELA) and the African Network of Local Elected Young Officials (YELO). As the icing on the cake, it is planned to organize conversations between former heads of state, honorary members of UCLG Africa and young elected representatives of African local governments, regarding their involvement in the rise of Africa, bearing in mind the lessons that can be drawn from the experiences of former African leaders. This conversation is scheduled for the afternoon of May 20.
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