#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 of Environment, Rwanda

    15:00 – 15:20: Workshop objectives and Overview of Sustainable Cities Program – GEF Secretariat

    15:20 – 15:40: The Global Platform on Sustainable Cities – World Bank and Resource Team

  • Shagun Mehrotra, Senior Urban Specialist – The World Bank Group
  • Hastings Chikoko, Regional Director for Africa – C40 Cities
  • Tori Okner, Head of Strategy and Partnerships – ICLEI
  • 16:00 – 16:30 Coffee Break

    16:30 – 17:30: Session 2: Interactive Open Classroom
  • Shaping the conversation
  • Sharing experience
  • Agenda setting
  • 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: Urbanization in Africa and Need for Sustainable Cities, an exploration of the urbanization challenge and overall context for advancing sustainable cities in the Africa region. The chair will facilitate Q & A as part of each round. Technical presentation will be done by an expert followed by panel discussion with city representatives.

    Panel Discussion 1 – Urbanization trends in Africa and the need for Sustainability (30 minutes) Expert Presentation – Gora Mboup, President & CEO, Global Observatory linking Research to Action (GORA)
    – Growth of secondary cities, local perspective
    – Climate change and cities

    Panel discussion 2 – Importance of integrated planning- 30 minutes (Expert presentation, TBD)
    – Food water energy nexus projects
    – Integrated land use planning from a natural infrastructure perspective. Land use planning
    – Local perspective

    Panel Discussion 3 – Multilevel governance: empowering local governments and role of an enabling national policy framework – 40 minutes (Expert Presentation, TBD)
    – Multilevel governance
    – Local perspective on the need for urban plans

    10:00 – 10:30: Coffee Break

    11:30 – 13:00: Session 4: Working Groups to Discuss Emerging Lessons (Facilitator: TBD; Speakers: City/National Representatives)

    Based on the inputs from Session 2, these break out groups will deep dive into specific and recurring issues such as:
    – Perceived tradeoffs of social/environmental/economic development
    – Financing for urban sustainability
    – Approaching integrated vertical & horizontal governance
    – Private sector roles (private-public-partnerships)
    – Localizing climate action; community power etc.

    This session will enable country representatives to share learnings and identify gaps in their understanding which they want to address. These can be supported with experiences of the select African countries, including those participating in the GEF program.

    13:30 – 14:00: Lunch

    14:00 – 15:00: Session 5: Discussion of Lessons and Priorities (Working Group Reports) (Chair: GEF)
    – 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 – 17:15: Panel Discussion: Potential opportunities for supporting countries and cities in advancing the integrated approach.
    – Moderator
    – Participants: (TBD): AfDB, UN-Habitat, UN-Economic Commission for Africa, RHA, CoK, GGGI, GCF, STRAWTEC, others from Africa TBC)

    17:15: Wrap-up and Workshop Closure
    – Speakers: Government of Rwanda and GEF

    Day 3 │ 29 November 2018 (Field Visits)

    9:00 – 17:00: Field visits