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City hosts Sustainable Development Goals Train the Trainer Programme
EThekwini Municipality officials and international delegates participated in a Train the Trainer Programme focusing on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), hosted by the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) in partnership with the EThekwini Municipal Academy (EMA) and MILE from 7-9 March 2018 at the Royal Hotel Durban.

Participants from Tanzania, Mozambique, Namibia, Seychelles, Indonesia, Argentina, Spain, Austria and Morocco attended the workshop which was facilitated by UCLG.

The workshop aimed to engage members of the UCLG Committee on Urban Strategic Planning to align their local planning processes and strategies with the SDGs. 

According to UCLG Programme Manager, Ms Sara Hoeflich, localizing means implementing local agendas in cities and territories to achieve local and global goals. 

“More than a technical process, localizing is a political process based on harnessing local opportunities, priorities and ideas,” said Hoeflich. 

Participants spent day one of the workshop on site visits to Ithuba Centre at Blackburn Informal Settlement and Cornubia Housing Project, depecting projects the City has implemented in terms of development planning and management.

In his presentation, Mr Puven Akkiah, EThekwini Municipality, Senior Manager outlined the City’s agenda in terms of Integrated Development Planning. 
“Vision helps create the argument to talk about sustainable development. For successful cities we need to have these important decisions and leadership plays a pertinent role,” said Akkiah.

During the workshop participants were introduced to the most relevant fields of the process of localization such as awareness raising, linking strategies with the national level, alignment of strategic plans at the local level, supervision and monitoring of the localization processes and communication of archived results.

Officials engaged on defining the roles and responsibilities of the Municipality in terms of localising and implementing sustainable development goals. Emphasis was also placed on SDGs in the context of territorial planning which deals with plans and tools for strategic or integrated planning.

Head, EThekwini Municipal Academy, Dr Mpilo Ngubane mentioned the value of the City hosting initiatives of this calibre. 

“The Train the Trainer Programme was really an eye opening and valuable experience for all of us. The fact that the delegates were coming from all over the globe also spiced the debates, content and enabled sharing of wider learnings and experiences. I would like to thank all the partners who made the programme possible and these include UCLG, UCLGA, UNDESA, UNDP, UNHABITAT, NALAO and EU. I also want to thank the trainers who were trained in the programme for having set aside three days of their busy schedule and also committing into being the ambassadors of the SDGs rollout in the whole of SADC abs Anglophone Africa,” said Dr Ngubane.

With informative presentations, facilitated discussion and group work sessions the Train the Trainer Programme on SDGs provided strategic and practical knowledge to participants on how to effectively localise and domesticate SDGs. Officials who participated were also encouraged to embed the knowledge gained during the training into SDG related projects within the City. 


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