#AGGF2018 Event: Africa Regional Consultation on Sustainable Cities Impact Programme

Date & Time:
  • 27 November 2018 | 14:00-19:00
  • 28 November 2018 | 9:00-17:30
  • 29 November 2018 | 9:00-17:00
  • Location: Kigali Convention Centre

    Session Outline

    The Africa Regional Consultative Workshop on the Sustainable Cities Impact Programme is jointly organised by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and the Government of Rwanda aims to raise awareness amongst leaders from priority countries and cities, and key stakeholders to realise the potential of sustainable, low carbon, inclusive and resilient growth path as well as brainstorming on best approaches. It will bring in policy makers, urban planners and designers, financial institutions, environmentalists, private sector and other key stakeholders across Africa.


    The overall objective of the workshop is to discuss how the GEF Sustainable Cities Impact Program can help countries and cities tackle the challenges of urbanization through the integrated approach to urban planning and implementation. The workshop aims to:

  • Explore with key stakeholders how African countries and cities can harness the IP for transformational impact
  • Share their experiences about the implementation of policies and programs related to sustainable urban planning, with tackling challenges of urbanization, and explore ways for enhancing learning and knowledge sharing by cities and municipalities
  • Discuss criteria for countries and cities to be considered for participation in the IP, including national level criteria to plan for alignment with relevant MEAs and SDGS, level of decentralization and governance of the city as well as its capacity to mobilize financial resources
  • Deliberate on green models of human settlement development which is cutting across different types of settlements such as cities, neighborhoods and villages, and showcase the success achieved by the host country.
  • Partners

    The regional consultative workshop is being organized by GEF in cooperation with the Government of Rwanda, and with full participation of the World Bank, other GEF Agencies and partners in the GPSC (WRI, C40 and ICLEI).


    Day One │ 27 November 2018 (AD10, Kigali Convention Centre)

    14:00 – 14:30: Registration

    14:30 – 14:45: Welcoming Remarks – Mayor of City of Kigali

    14:45 – 15:00: Opening Statement – Minister (Environment and/or Urban Planning)

    15:00 –15:30: Workshop objectives and Overview of Sustainable Cities Program – GEF Secretariat

    15:30-16:00: The Global Platform on Sustainable Cities – World Bank and Resource Team

    16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break

    16:30-17:30: Session 2: Urbanization in Africa and Need for Sustainable Cities (Chair: TBD): Exploration of the urbanization challenge and overall context for advancing sustainable cities in the Africa region.

    Expert presentation on Urbanization Trends in Africa

    Expert presentation on Pathways for Sustainable and Resilient Cities

    17:30 End of Day One

    18:00 – 19:00 Reception

    Day 2 │ 28 November 2018 (AD10, Kigali Convention Centre)

    9:00 –10:00 Session 3: Country Experiences with Urban Development (Chair: TBD): opportunities for countries to share their experiences on national policy frameworks for urban development, urban planning and implementation as well as municipal financing, including: Benin (Cotonou), Cote d’Ivoire (Abidjan), Djibouti (Djibouti), Ethiopia (Addis Ababa), Ghana (Accra), Guinea (Conakry), Kenya (Nairobi), Morocco (Marrakesh), Nigeria (Abuja), Rwanda (Kigali), Senegal (Dakar, Diamnadou, Saint Louis), Sierra Leone (Freetown), South Africa (Johannesburg), Tanzania (Dar es Salaam, Dodoma), and Uganda (Kampala).

    10:00 – 10:30: Coffee Break

    10:30 – 12:30: Session 4: Working Groups to Discuss Emerging Lessons (Chair: TBD): Enabling country representatives and partners to engage in detailed discussions on lessons emerging from the program, based on experiences of the select African countries, including those participating in the GEF program.

    12:30 – 14:00: Lunch

    14:00 – 15:00: Session 5: Discussion of Lessons and Priorities (Working Group Reports) (Chair: TBD): Plenary working groups report, Comments and inputs from partners and stakeholders.

    15:00 -16:00: Session 6: Stakeholder Perspectives (Chair: TBD)
  • Presentation on Green Cities, Neighborhoods, Villages by RHA (15 min)
  • Documentary film on achievements related to green villages (15 min)
  • 16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

    16:30 – 17:30: Panel Discussion: potential opportunities for supporting countries and cities in advancing the integrated approach (Some of the Potential Panelists: RHA, CoK, GGGI, STRAWTEC, others from Africa TBC) (60 min)

    17:30: End of day 2 sessions.

    Day 3 │ 29 November 2018 (Field Visits)

    9:00 – 17:00: Field visits