AFRICITIES Summit 2009

africités 2009

 The fifth edition was held from 16 to 20 December 2009 in Marrakech, Morocco, on the theme “The response of African local and regional governments to the global crisis:  promoting sustainable local development and employment”. Africities 5 was marked by the high appropriation of the event by the local authorities of the continent and its recognition by the ministers members of the All Africa Ministerial conference on Decentralization and Local Development (AMCOD), as the platform for assessing the implementation of decentralization policies in Africa.

DECLARATION OF THE INFORMATION MEETING OF MAYORS AND LOCAL ELECTED OFFICIALS HELD AT AFRICITIES DECEMBER 17, 2009

The Mayors and Presidents of Associations of Local Authorities gathered in Africities 2009, 17, December, 2009.- Conscious of the irretrievable damages that the division of UCLGA is bringing to the credibility of the African movement of local governments, as well as to the United Cities And Local Governments (UCLG) and their development partners;- Motivated by and convinced of the huge expectation in favor of a quick return to unity expressed by members in each of the five regions of Africa;

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Draft introductory note for the Africities Ministers’ Meeting

Decentralization is today acknowledged everywhere as a dimension of good governance. The report on ‘the state of decentralization in Africa  as well as the First World Decentralization Report published by UCLG, have shown beyond the extreme diversity of local administration systems, the agreement reached by almost all countries regarding decentralization policies that include the acknowledgement of the autonomy of the local governments based on representative elected institutions and participatory institutions through which the citizens can express their collective choices.

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In Copenhagen Africa is in the limelight. In Marrakech, local and regional governments are preparing a call

Three days before the closure of the conference on climate change in Copenhagen, no agreement is looming. The African group supported by the G77 of developing countries is exerting pressure for the Kyoto protocol to be extended. African countries like most countries from developing countries, fear since the beginning of the process, to be fooled. A final agreement would be reached that would bring together all the 192 participating countries around a unique written text but such an agreement would not be binding.

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Keynote address at the opening ceremony of the fifth Africities Summit

Mr. Chairman, Your Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen. I would like to begin by expressing my gratitude to the Political Committee of the Africities Summit Planning Committee for the honour they have done me by inviting me to participate in the Fifth Africities Summit on “African Regional and Local Governments response to the global crisis: promoting sustainable local government and employment” and to deliver the keynote address at today’s opening ceremony.

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Preparatory documentTripartite Dialogue Meeting Africities V final version revised

In 2006, the IVth Africities Summit in Nairobi focused on the contribution of African Local Governments to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The preparatory document of the Tripartite Dialogue Meeting in 2006 underlined that it was indispensable to increase the dynamics of decentralisation and strengthen Local Government as part of reaching these goals, and succeeding in permanently reducing poverty in Africa. The programmes of Public Development Aid (PDA) were aimed at contributing to those targets.

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PRESENTATION DU CAHIER DES RECOMMANDATIONS : Adopter les politiques environnementales locales

Le Cahier des Recommandations reprend toutes les recommandations telles qu’elles ont été transmises par les animateurs des sessions. Celles qui sont issues des sessions sont présentées comme « Recommandations Post Session ».

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Situation of the African Municipal Movement

The first world report on decentralization and local democracy highlights the irresistible spreading of local governments in the world. This democratic revolution is gaining momentum noiselessly in all regions of the world and is strengthened by an entrenchment of local governments in the daily life of the people. Actually, the last thirty years are characterized by the setting up of local governments elected by universal suffrage in most countries, and who account for their action to the citizens. The emergence of new political leaderships at the local level contributed to the creation of local government associations in over one hundred and thirty countries and at the regional level in all continents.

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SUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONS OF SESSIONS

Africities 5, at Marrakech, was an extraordinary opportunity of meeting at the continental level. The participants made up of ministers, local and regional local elected officials, cooperation partners, African and international institutions, civil society stakeholders, economic stakeholders, academics and experts expressed their enthusiasm through their emphasis on local development and strengthening of local and regional authorities, especially regarding their ability to run local economic development.

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Summary of the preparatory documentTripartite Dialogue Meeting

In 2006, the IVth Africities Summit in Nairobi focused on the contribution of African Local Governments to the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The preparatory document of the Tripartite Dialogue Meeting in 2006 underlined that it was indispensable to increase the dynamics of decentralisation and strengthen Local Government as part of reaching these goals, and succeeding in permanently reducing poverty in Africa. The programmes of Public Development Aid (PDA) were aimed at contributing to those targets.

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UNITED CITIES AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS OF AFRICA, UCLGA

Decentralization was not imposed on African countries as a tradition that came from somewhere else. The decentralized operation of central governments is not consistent everywhere with the same choices and constraints. Historical, political and economic conditions lead to a healthy diversity of policies and interpretations.

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