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City Hosts First UCLG CIB Working Group Meeting in the Global South
EThekwini Municipality is making history once again by being the first City in the Global South to host the annual meeting of the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) Capacity and Institution Building (CIB) Working Group. Hosted in partnership with SALGA, the learning event took place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium from 26th to the 28th of September 2017. 

UCLG is the world organization of local and regional governments and their associations, representing and defending their interests on the world stage. This network includes over 240,000 towns, cities, regions and metropolises, and over 175 associations of local and regional governments in 140 countries. EThekwini Municipality has been chairing the UCLG Urban Strategic Planning Committee for the past 9 years and has also been responsible for driving the City to City learning agenda internationally. The UCLG Working Group on Capacity and Institution Building (CIB) brings together technical staff from Local Government Associations (LGA) and individual cities active in the field of development cooperation, for example through capacity building programmes such as MILE. 

Delegates were addressed by the President of UCLG and President of SALGA, Cllr Parks Tau who mentioned the important role eThekwini Municipality plays in its partnership with UCLG. He also urged members of the UCLG Working Group to continue the good work to enhance amplified learning within local government.

“I would like to thank EThekwini Municipality for the great input provided on Urban Strategic Planning and Decentralisation, UCLG will have a weaker voice without this partnership,” said Tau. 

Delegates spent the duration of the meeting presenting, discussing and deliberating on various topics relevant to achieving the local government agenda. These included Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)​, New Urban Agenda, Gender Equality, Capacity Building among other pertinent themes. 

During his presentation, MILE Programme Manager, Mr Fezile Njokweni, expressed the City’s commitment to the implementation of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

“The Municipality views SDGs as a yardstick for sustainable development in general. Goal 17 (Partnerships) is critical in achieving all the other goals and targets. SDGs are ambitious, but can be achieved through global networks,” said Njokweni.

Various global local government associations such as Metropolis, UCLG, Connective Cities, Platforma, Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities, African Local Government Academy and local networks such as the South African Cities Network actively participated in the learning event.
The learning event also provided members with an update on international developments and agendas, providing a conducive platform for knowledge sharing amongst networks. 

The City through its Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) and its partnership with UCLG and CIFAL Durban will continue to advocate and create awareness on the various local government agendas emanating from the learning session. 


 City hosts the first UCLG CIB Working Group Annual Meeting in the Global South

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