Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities

The International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities − ICCAR  is an initiative launched by UNESCO in March 2004 to establish a network of cities interested in sharing experiences in order to improve their policies to fight racism, discrimination, xenophobia and exclusion.

The network is made up of over 500 city authorities across the world who collectively share ideas and knowledge to deal with the problems of exclusion, urban planning and discrimination. This initiative was prioritized by the Social and Human Sciences Sector of the Regional Office after observing that Southern African communities were made up of people from diverse socio-political backgrounds which caused a lot of tensions within cities.

Under this theme SHS ROSA strengthens the capacity of city authorities and other practitioners to use planning processes to tackle challenges related to urbanization inclusion and local development. The trainings focus on issues such as the concept of intermediate cities, types of planning strategy (strategic, territorial and urbanist), types of management for the transformation of cities, and the integration of concepts such as the right to the city and participatory budgeting into planning exercises. The trainees are expected to use this knowledge in their work, promote participatory urban planning, and disseminate further the training material in their constituencies. 

Recently implemented activities:

  • Training of city authorities 16-18 May 2017, Swakopmund, Namibia

Officials of 14 local authorities from Botswana, Malawi, Namibia and Zambia participated in the training in Swakopmund, Namibia. The training presented ROSA with an opportunity to develop a new methodology of peer learning with United Cities and Local Governments and African Local Government Academy (UCLG). Efforts are being explored to conduct a similar training in Swaziland. These efforts have pushed the University of Zimbabwe to introduce concepts of inclusion and participatory processes in their 2017 urban planning curriculum. The SHS unit has also supported the African Summit on Safe Cities and developed new partnerships with numerous organizations including UN Habitat and UCLG. 


  • Training of city authorities 29-31 March 2017, Nampula Mozambiqu

In response to inefficient urban planning and high levels of poverty, UNESCO’s SHS unit provided technical assistance on the development of innovative policies for the sustainable management of cities and supported important initiatives to enhance citizens’ participation in local governance. The training in Nampula, Mozambique contributed to strengthening the capacity of city authorities and other practitioners to use planning processes to tackle challenges related to inclusion, urbanization and local development. It also promoted participatory urban planning and the use of a “base plan” in order to achieve urban inclusion. A total of 10 municipalities from Northern Mozambique participated in addition to urban planners and professors from Universidad Lúrio (UNILURIO).

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