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SOUTH AFRICAN URBAN CONFERENCE: Cities in Conversation

When: Monday, 30 October 2017

Where: Moses Mabhida StadiumDurban, South Africa

The URBAN CONFERENCE is the first day of the Ethekwini Urban Week. You can see below the programme of the whole week, which includes the 1st SA World Cities and AFUS Learning Exchange.

 

Liveable, Inclusive, Safe, and Resilient Cities: Implementing SA’s urban agenda.

The South African Cities Network (SACN) will be hosting the South African Urban Conference in collaboration with the Departments of Human Settlements (DHS) and Cooperative Governance (DCOG), the National Treasury, the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), South African Council for Planners (SACPLAN), and the Ethekwini municipality on Monday, 30 October 2017 in Ethekwini. The Urban Conference will be an annual event that focuses on implementing a transformative urban agenda. It will provide a platform for learning, experimentation, and knowledge exchange. The 2017 conference is informed by the IUDF vision of building ‘Liveable, safe, integrated, economically inclusive and globally competitive cities’ which is closely aligned to the global SDG Goal 11 ‘Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’.

To strengthen the objectives of our urban agenda, as it relates to SA cities and urban spaces, extensive collaboration is necessary; this requires active and continuing dialogue between a range of urban actors, and needs to be maintained through effective and ongoing debate and learning. We hope this conference will therefore provide a stimulating platform for partners, and stakeholders in the implementation of the urban agenda.

Why you should attend:

The 2017 Urban Conference will bring together officials from the 8 member cities of the SACN, selected secondary cities and targeted stakeholders and will focus on the following objectives:

  • Communicating the IUDF to improve common understanding and awareness among government actors of local urban development in South Africa;
  • Encouraging coordination through the sharing of strategies, actions and considerations for the co-production of the city with different urban partners;
  • Gathering intelligence through sharing info, lessons and insights to support and strengthen the voice and role of cities and urban municipalities on translating and implementing the urban agenda at the local level.

Programme

Conference theme: The overall theme for the 2017 conference is Liveable, Inclusive, Safe, & Resilient Cities: Implementing SA’s Urban Agenda. The sub-themes for the conference have been developed in line with the four strategic goals of the IUDF: spatial integration, inclusion and access, growth and governance.

1 – Urban Economic Growth: Cities that are liveable, safe and resilient must have strong urban economies that grow to be more inclusive.

2 – Urban Land & Spatial Integration: Spatial integration is critical to forge new forms of settlement, transport, social and economic areas. In order to drive this integration, how we use and design urban land and space becomes critical.

3 – Urban Well-being, Inclusion & Access: Cities that are liveable for all are places where people have access to social and economic services, opportunities and choices.

4 – Urban governance: Achieving spatial and social integration requires a capacitated state and active citizens.

SESSION DESCRIPTION
Opening Session
08:00–08:30
Opening
Programme overview
Framing: Localising the urban agenda – Role of Cities
Session I
08:30–10:30
Urban Economic Growth: Cities that are liveable, safe and resilient must have strong urban economies that grow to be more inclusive.
10:30–11:00 Tea/Coffee
Session 2 
11:00–13:00
Urban Land & Spatial Integration: Spatial integration is critical to forge new forms of settlement, transport, social and economic areas. In order to drive this integration, how we use and design urban land and space becomes critical.
13:00–14:00 Lunch
Session 3 
14:00–15:00
Urban Well-being, Inclusion & Access: Cities that are liveable for all are places where people have access to social and economic services, opportunities and choices.
Session 4 
15:30–17:30
Urban governance: Achieving spatial and social integration requires a capacitated state and active citizens
Closing Plenary 
17:30–18:00
  Final wrap up
Cocktail Reception & Exhibitions 
18:00–
  Exhibitions by

  1. 9 x Cities
  2. DHS
  3. DCOG
  4. CSP
  5. SALGA
  6. SACN
  7. SACPLAN
  8. UCLG

Registration

This event is targeted at City Practitioners, National Departments, and select urban actors. For more information about the Conference or if you would like to attend, please contact us on 011 407 6406.

Registration closing Monday, 23 October 2017.


Overview of Ethekwini Urban Week


Organizer

The South African Cities Network (SACN) is an established network of South African cities and partners that encourages the exchange of information, experience and best practices on urban development and city management.

As both a research source and a catalyst for debate, the SACN covers the full scope of the urban management process, under the following thematic areas:

  • City develpoment
  • Inclusive cities
  • Sustainable cities
  • Well governed cities
  • Productive cities
  • Latest publications

For further information

For further information about the Event, visit the Official Website.

Register here.

Summary
Event
SOUTH AFRICAN URBAN CONFERENCE: Cities in Conversation
Location
Moses Mabhida Stadium,Durban,South Africa
Starting on
30 October, 2017
Liveable, Inclusive, Safe, and Resilient Cities: Implementing SA’s urban agenda. The Urban Conference will be an annual event that focuses on implementing a transformative urban agenda. It will provide a platform for learning, experimentation, and knowledge exchange. The 2017 conference is informed by the IUDF vision of building ‘Liveable, safe, integrated, economically inclusive and globally competitive cities’ which is closely aligned to the global SDG Goal 11 ‘Making cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable’.
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