18.12.2017 - UNESCO Office in Harare

African mayors and city authorities discuss the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities

UNESCO hosted a closed session on the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities (ICCAR) with mayors and city authorities from selected African countries on 7th December 2017.

Speaking at the opening, William Kingi, Deputy Governor of the City of Mombasa stated that cities have challenges that require multi-pronged approaches with education being the driver of positive change. He also stressed the importance of learning from each other’s experiences to improve situations in respective cities.

With rising city populations across the continent as people seek opportunities and better lives, it is imperative that cities develop social protection strategies so that those who struggle are not forgotten and left behind.

Addressing the same gathering, UNESCO Assistant Director General for Social and Human Sciences, Nada al-Nahsif said partnerships are essential in addressing the challenges in cities. She urged the city authorities present to constitute a working group so as to utilise all opportunities and make a case to national governments as well as raise funds.

The ICCAR platform seeks to identify gaps so as to help in developing policies, for instance on social inclusion, teacher training and state of scientific research.

Various cities across the continent attended the meeting including Mombasa, Kambala and Douala. The meeting stimulated discussion among African city mayors, municipal authorities and leaders that is expected to lead to the revitalization of the Africa Regional Chapter of ICCAR.

ICCAR is a network of over five hundred 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. As a global platform for cities and municipalities, the Coalition assists local authorities in combating discrimination in their capacity as policy makers and service providers in areas as diverse as education, employment, housing provision and cultural activities.

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