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10th UCLG-A executive meeting starts Monday

Post  Sirop14 on Fri May 09, 2014 9:19 am

10th UCLG-A executive meeting starts Monday

Twenty-five delegates including 15 mayors from all regions of Africa will take part in the 10th executive committee meeting of the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-A) from May 12-13.

The meeting which will take place at the Hilton Seychelles Allamanda Resort & Spa, Anse Forbans, is being hosted by the Office of the Mayor of Victoria.

The United Cities and Local Governments of Africa was founded on May 2005 to represent the common voice of local authorities, and ensure that local governments are recognised as an autonomous and distinct level of public governance, fully capacitated to deliver on their mandates.

Since January 2008, the UCLG-A is headquartered in Rabat, Morocco where it is granted a diplomatic status as an international Pan African organisation. The UCLG-A president is the Mayor of Dakar, Khalifa Ababacar Sall.

The UCLG-A is the global section of the global organisation, the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) whose headquarters is in Barcelona and is chaired by the Mayor of Istanbul, Kadir Topbaş.
The Mayor of Victoria, Jacqueline Moustache-Belle, is both co-president of UCLG World and vice president for the East Africa region for UCLG-Africa.

The UCLG-A implements its interventions based on a long-term perspective strategy adopted by the executive committee in 2007, also known as the Governance, Advocacy, Decentralised Development for Africa (Gaddepa).

Among the activities implemented under Gaddepa is the Africities summit, the UCLG-A flagship activity. The Africities summits are organised on a triennial basis, bringing together over 5,000 delegates among which national governments ministers, local authorities, civil society and private sector representatives, academia and researchers, professionals from national and local administrations, African Union bodies, and international cooperation institutions.

The next Africities summit will take place from December 1-5, 2015 in Johannesburg, South Africa.
In order to implement its mandate, the UCLG-A has launched a series of initiatives that require the support of national governments.

The first such initiative is the drafting of the African Charter on values and principles of decentralisation and local development. This project was endorsed by the African Union technical committee on decentralisation and its adoption is among the agenda item of the next AU summit of Heads of State and government scheduled next July in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

The second initiative is the proposal to set up a high council of local authorities among the Africa Union institution. This project was introduced for the first time at the AU summit of Heads of State and government of January 2013 in Addis Ababa by Senegal President Macky Sall.

The summit endorsed the project, pending further information about the financial sustainability of this new institution. The project is now under a review process by the AU commission and should be submitted to the committee of permanent representatives (country ambassadors to the AU) for consideration as an agenda item of the nearest summit of Heads of State and government after the Malabo summit.

The third initiative is the creation of the African Local Government Academy (Alga) that should start operating in September 2015. Among others, Alga intents to train senior staff of local governments: city managers, city financial officers (CFOs), city technical officers (CTOs). For this initiative UCLG-A wishes to receive political, financial and any other support from national governments.

Finally there is need for a strong political support to ensure sustainability of the UCLG-A. This is why the organisation is seeking introduction letters to educate the Heads of State or government on the importance to accord their support to the UCLG-A.

The hosting of the executive committee meeting of the UCLGA is rotated within member countries of the executive committee.



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Seychelles hosts key meeting of African mayors

Post  Sirop14 on Tue May 13, 2014 1:36 pm

Seychelles hosts key meeting of African mayors


The United Cities of Local Governments of Africa (UCLG-A) has done a fantastic job in broadening and deepening the networks of cities of Africa and creating global awareness of the role of local authorities as partners in development.

Vice-President Danny Faure said this yesterday while officially opening the 10th executive committee meeting of the UCLG-Africa at the DoubleTree Resort & Spa by Hilton Hotel Seychelles – Allamanda at Anse Forbans.

Mr Faure commended the work of the current president of the UCLG-Africa, Khalifa Ababacar Sall, who is also the mayor of Dakar, and the strong leadership of his secretary general, Jean- Pierre Mbassi.

“In this year that we are celebrating the twentieth anniversary of the establishment of local administrations in Seychelles we are proud to add a new layer to the broad partnership that we are building with UCLG-A as we collectively reinvigorate efforts aimed at improving local governance and building sustainable cities in Africa,” said Mr Faure.

“Our unwavering support towards the UCLG-Africa work stems from our firm conviction that the local authorities of Africa have a pivotal role to play in propelling our continent to even higher levels of progress and prosperity,” he added.

The vice-president noted that the reason why Seychelles places such a high priority on the role of local authorities in the development of Africa is that in our globalised world there is now little difference in what is local and what is global.

Vice President Faure addressing the audience“What happens in our cities have global repercussions. What happens in our districts can resonate at a global level and correspondingly what happens at the global scale directly affects the lives of our citizens,” he said.

VP Faure said the only way to handle globalisation is to take it as an opportunity but not as a threat and one way of doing that is empowering our committees and local governments in terms of its structures and in terms of giving the people the platforms to bring about change themselves.

“If a society has a shared vision of its future, based on trust and cohesion, along with policies that create opportunities for all and fairness in outcomes, its people should have no fear of the future and should be more open to change,” said Mr Faure.

VP Faure also noted that local governments need adequate financing and sufficient capacity to help drive local developments and empowering local governments means also facilitating discussions and exchanges in a meaningful way with civil society as actors of local governments, to bring public, private, non-governmental stakeholders together in your cities and in your communities as they are in direct contact with the population on a daily basis.

He pointed out that they have vital roles to play in key service delivery in a number of critical social sectors.
“By building more sustainable cities, communities and regions you will lead us to a more sustainable world as the prosperity that is generated from the smallest village to the largest city is central to the overall country’s success,” said Mr Faure.

The Minister for Foreign Affairs, Jean-Paul Adam, said the 10th executive meeting of the UCLG-Africa being held here constitutes an essential link of the dynamic democracy at work on the African continent, adding that the UCLG-Africa is at the helm of local dynamic development of our countries.

“All governments now know they have to allow their citizens to voice their opinions. Apart from restoring democracy, the citizens want an equal economic, social and human development and shared riches that ensure them employment and better quality of life,” sad Minister Adam.

Jacqueline Moustache-Belle, co-president of UCLG-World and Vice-President of UCLG-Africa for the East African Region and also Mayor of Victoria, said as 2014 has been declared by the United Nations as the “International Year of Small Islands Developing States (Sids)” and Seychelles being the smallest African state both in terms of population and land area, what better moment for a small island state to host the executive meeting of a key organisation from one of the gigantic continents of the world – Africa!

She said each of the groupings of countries has its own ambitions, political practices, cultures, beliefs, traditions, socio-economic status which pose many challenges but warned of the need to pay careful attention in order not to stray from the road of common good as town and cities hold the cradles for nurturing peace, harmony and stability.

Khalia Ababacar Sall, the president of the UCLG-Africa and also the Mayor of Dakar, described the 10th executive committee meeting of UCLG-Africa as a strong moment to make decisions regarding the organisation which he described as something very important for its development.

He said UCLG-Africa is now a mature organisation which can be the voice of locals of Africa.
He said that local governments should be implicated in laws and regulations concerning the populations of Africa and should be interested and take part in decision making.

At yesterday’s ceremony recipients of distinctions granted by the President of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso, according to a decree he signed in February 2013, received their honours.
They were decorated by the vice-president of UCLG-Africa for the Central African Region, Jean Hugues Ngouelondele, on behalf of President Nguesso.

There were also presentations on the causes, impacts, measures taken, position of Seychelles and the consequences on the fight against piracy under the theme ‘The Situation of Piracy in the Indian Ocean’ by Jacques Belle, director of the Anti Piracy Unit (UAP) of the Indian Ocean Commission.

The deliberations of the executive committee meeting of UCLG-Africa are organised around the implementation of the UCLG-Africa activities adopted during the last session of the executive committee meeting held on September 31, 2013 in Rabat, Morocco; the financial situation of UCLG-Africa; the current status of the UCLG-Africa initiative about the adoption of the African Charter on Values and Principles of decentralisation and local development as well as the protocol on Decentralised Trans-Border cooperation at the African Union level; the partnership agreements being discussed between UCLG-Africa and the African Development Bank (AfDB), the European Commission, the Cities Alliance, the French Cooperation, the French Development Agency, the German Cooperation Agency (GIZ) and the Swiss Cooperation.



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