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Africa hosts first International Mayors Forum
 EThekwini Municipal Academy, Chief Learning Officer, Dr Mpilo Ngubane together with international delegates during the International Mayors Forum. 

The Municipal Institute of Learning (MILE) under its flagship the EThekwini Municipal Academy (EMA), in its effort to create awareness and promote Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), actively participated in the International Mayors Forum hosted in Malawi last week.

Under the theme “Transformation towards Sustainable and Resilient Societies,” the event was hosted by the Lilongwe City Council in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD). 

The aim of the event was to provide an international platform for policy dialogue and knowledge sharing through presentations and discussions on key aspects related to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 11, at local level as a means to achieve a better understanding of successes, lessons and specific mechanisms and accelerate the in-depth transformation needed to make societies sustainable and resilient. The Forum contributes to bringing the voice of the local authorities up to the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) set for July 2018 in New York, where discussions and subsequent recommendations emerging from the Lilongwe Mayors’ Forum will be presented.

Representing the City, EMA and MILE Chief Learning Officer, Dr Mpilo Ngubane presented on SDG Methodology, Tools and Advancing the Learning Agenda in EThekwini Municipality. In his presentation Dr Ngubane mentioned the importance of political and administrative advocacy for SDG localization at National and Provincial level. He also emphasised the role of good communication channels and the need to promote policy coherence, and collaborative approaches between all spheres of government.

“The International Mayors’ Forum was the first in Africa and provided that exclusive, first of its kind experience and interaction with mayors/executives from developing countries around the world. It was humbling to get at least 10 invitations from these countries to help them localise and institutionalise the SDGs after I had presented progress that eThekwini has made in the implementation of the SDGs, said Dr Ngubane.”

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