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#AF7 African Metropolitan Areas in the Global Agenda of Local Governments for Habitat III

United Cities and Local Governments & METROPOLIS
Mr. Edgardo Bilsky & Ms. Rahmatouca Sow Dieye

Context

A quarter of the 100 fastest-growing cities in the world are now in Africa. By 2011, the continental ready hosted 52 cities exceeding one million inhabitants. The speed of growth, has outstripped the capacity of most metropolitan areas to provide adequate basic services for their citizens. One common feature has been widespread social polarisation and spatial fragmentation and the rapid growth of slums and inadequate access to basic services.
Metropolitanisation, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa, is largely taking place without industrial growth and with much less capital investment in infrastructure with which to accrue benefits from agglomeration.
A ‘megacities’ spatial system where multiple metropolitan regions become strongly economically integrated around large population centres such as Lagos, with surrounding settlements which still tend to function within outdated administrative structures and legislative frameworks.
This complexity and diversity of metropolitanisation presents a wide range of challenges for governance, leadership, economic development, social and environmental issues, some of them specific to African continent. Processes of urban growth and expansion demand more integrated approaches and strategies towards infrastructure, investment, inclusion and competitiveness. National urban policies should be adapted to these challenges. The strategies to support the development of African Metropolitan Areas will be determinant for the future of the continent and critical for the UN New Urban Agenda that should be adopted in Habitat III.

The session will debate on the different models of governance frameworks in metropolitan areas in Africa, explore the conditions for sustainable metropolitan economies, analyzing the relation between economic competitiveness patterns and social inclusion. The session should help to identify the key messages for Habitat III, and present main political recommendations. The event aims to help consolidating the Metropolis African Network.

The session will be introduced by the presentation of the preliminary finding of the GOLD IV Report on Metropolitan Areas and the comments of mayors of metropolitan areas of different African countries.

Speakers

Panel
M. Khalifa Sall, Mayor of Dakar, President of UCLG Africa & Parks Tau, Mayor of Joburg,

Invited
Mayors/Governors of :
Abidjan,
Accra,
Bamako,
Cap Town,
Dar-es-Salaam,
Douala,
Gauteng,
Harare,
Kampala,
Kinshasa,
Lagos,
Marrakesh,
Nairobi,
Niamey,
Nouakchott,
Rabat,
Tunis, and
Yaoundé.

Experts
Greg Clark
Agnès Deboulet

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