Joining efforts and cooperating around Innovative and Sustainable Cities

TV Studio 3
Lab debate
Tuesday, June 15, 2021
12:00 to 12:45

The SDG 11 and the New Urban Agenda reaffirm the global commitment to sustainable urban development as a critical step for realising sustainable development in an integrated and coordinated manner at all levels of governance, with the participation of all relevant actors and stakeholders. In order to win the battle for sustainable cities, the concerned actors should not be tempted to play as a “single rider”. In addition to the promotion of a global solidarity on a planetary scale - especially to face the pandemic and its impact, in the spirit of the SDG 17, the implementation of the global commitments call today, more than ever, to invest, develop, implement and share innovative, smart, customised approaches, in particular regarding the territorial approach of urban local development, financing urban development, and building resilience.

Key points

At WUF 10, participants committed to join efforts and cooperate in order to learn from each other and insisted on the need to draw lessons from experiences already implemented. 
In a world marked by multidimensional challenges, the scarcity of resources and the lack of skills and experience, we need to support each other, to join our efforts and to cooperate so as not to reinvent the wheel. Cities, particularly in developing countries and in Africa, need to engage in City-to-City peer learning, learn and rely on a diversity of actors and stakeholders who have already implemented innovative and smart initiatives and methodologies to make cities smart, green, sustainable and resilient.

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Organised by


Secretary General
United Cities and Local Governments of Africa
European Commission - Directorate-General for International Partnerships
Thembisile NKADIMENG
Co-President of the United Cities and Local Government (UCLG), President of the South Africa Local Government Association (SALGA), and Mayor of Polokwane Municipality in Limpopo Province
United Cities and Local Governments
Mayor of Chefchaouen, Vice-President of Climate TaskForce of UCLG-Africa
United Cities and Local Governments of Africa
Emil BOC
Mayor of Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Cluj-Napoca City
Senior Advisor in the Regional Office for Africa, UN-Habitat
UN-Habitat (United Nations Human Settlements Programme)
Member of the Flemish Parliament, N-VA Group, Belgium
Flemish Parliament
Director of Cities Alliance
Cities Alliance - UNOPS
Sherine OMONDO
EDD Young Leader, Kenya
Young Leaders (youth group)