Despite the challenges most countries have on the African continent in completing the SDGs, the 8th annual Africities conference shows a serious commitment to sustainable development.  The final declaration of the participants in Africties conference held this year in Marrakesh, Morocco stated that the United Cities and Local Governments of Africa’s flagship pan-African event pledged to support the “implementation of continental and global development agendas for a prosperous and peaceful Africa.”

Africa has unique challenges, with most inhabitants living in cities, that are behind on infrastructure development.  Cities across Africa need large scale development to help their growing populaces cope with a changing world.

The conference document clarified the importance of implementing the New Urban Agenda 2036.  The agenda recognizes that the local and regional authorities need the necessary financial and bureaucratic backing enabling them to achieve the SDGs.

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Africities Summit is held every three years in one of the five regions of Africa. It gathers communities and local authorities in African countries, as well as financial institutions, civil society groups and development partners at continental and international level.

The next International Summit of Cities and Local Governments of Africa (Africities) will be held in 2021 in Kisumu, Kenya.

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