African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum

Reserve your seat for 13th June 2016

African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum


Building on the achievements of the 2015 and 2016 installments of the ACCSF, this seminar focuses on key aspects of sustainable urban development. The emphasis is on finding a balance between economic growth, infrastructure development and the promotion of small business as well as job creation, while lowering emissions and reducing environmental impact.

Sustainable cities are more prosperous, safer, more efficient, cleaner and more people centric.

African cities are still developing, and doing so at a rapid pace, and from a global perspective it’s critical that African cities develop sustainably. These combined factors are creating an unparalleled opportunity for African cities to access funding for basic service delivery and to drive economic development through a local green economy.

Driving appropriate policies through all service delivery departments will manifest in innovative, adaptive, low impact, low life-cycle cost practical approaches and projects. Advancing sustainability at the city scale has an enormous potential to drive economic progress and tackle poverty in a virtuous circle of positive outcomes into the future.

Becoming more sustainable starts with responsible leadership and results in economic prosperity, and principles are the cornerstones of the conversation at the African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum. Since capital cities are positioned as leading cities and municipalities in their countries, the Executive Mayor of Tshwane invites the mayors of all African capital cities to attend the forum to –

  • Take up the mantle of leadership
  • continue to develop the capital cities network,
  • learn from each other, and
  • collectively advance the principles of responsible leadership in Africa

Session One: Transforming African cities by developing circular economies

  • Where are African cities successfully embracing the circular economy and which resources must still be captured?
  • What is the role of business in developing circular cities?
  • What incentives are there for urban dwellers to embrace the circular economy?

Panel discussion:

How can government, business and citizens achieve consensus on sustainable development pathways?

Session Two: Africa’s biggest sustainability challenge: the water-energy-food nexus

  • Complications in the food system and the risks entailed
  • Complications in the water system and the implications for food and energy
  • Complications in the energy system the implications for food and water

Panel discussion:

Gauteng province cannot function as an economic hub without water. How can transformation targets be made to align with sustainable water management principles?

 Session Three: Implementing sustainability

  • Waste resource management: designing for waste minimization and beneficiation
  • Inclusive urban development: planning to reduce slums and urban sprawl
  • Climate finance: available funding and how to access it

Mayor’s panel discussion:

How best can African cities share insights and best practices to achieve sustainability leadership across the continent?

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Reserve your seat for 13th June