21.12.2017 - UNESCO Office in Harare

Localizing SDG 11: Inclusive Urban Planning for Intermediate Cities in Swaziland

UNESCO Regional Office for Southern Africa (UNESCO-ROSA) together with UNESCO Chair on Intermediate Cities (UNESCO-CIMES) and Swaziland National Commission for UNESCO organized a workshop on Localising SDG 11: Inclusive Urban Planning for Intermediate Cities in Swaziland. The two-day workshop is taking place in Ezulwini, in the Hhohho region of Swaziland from 20 to 21 December 2017.

Seven Swazi Local Authorities are participating in the workshop, two cities namely Mbabane the capital city and Manzini, as well as five towns namely Matsapha, Ezulwini, Nhlangano, Pigg's Peak and Siteki. Participants include Chief Executive Officers, engineers and planners. Senior government officers from the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development and academics from the University of Swaziland’s Department of Geography, Environmental Science and Planning are also participating in the workshop.

In his official opening statement, Hon. Phiwayinkhosi Mabuza, Minister of Housing and Urban Development thanked UNESCO ROSA and Professor Josep Maria Llop Torné, UNESCO Chair for Intermediary Cities for thinking of Swaziland and making time to engage cities and towns in the subject of inclusive and sustainable urban planning. He said that Swaziland is a small country of 17000 square kilometers but faces a number of challenges. He said peri-urban growth is the most critical and important for the ministry and for Swaziland and hopes that UNESCO will assist the country in addressing this challenge as well.

The workshop will cover issues of policies and urban planning strategies and legal frameworks among others. It has been organised in collaboration with the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Ministry of Housing & Urban Development, Swaziland Local Government Association (SWALGA) and Local Authorities Managers Association of Swaziland (LAMAS).

For more information, please contact: c.ahmimed(at)unesco.org or d.kasote(at)unesco.org.  

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