Africities Summit 2018
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Summit and Exhibition
November 20th to 24th, 2018 in Marrakech, Morocco.
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The 8th edition of the much anticipated, annual Pan-African event will be held from November 20th -24th in Marrakesh, Morocco. As in previous years, Africities anticipates a large attendance with over 5000 prospective participants expected in Marrakesh from across the regions in Africa to help shape, ‘The Africa We Want.’
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On September 12th, 2018, Bill Gates, ran a poll on his Twitter account asking his followers “What is the world’s youngest continent?” The majority answered “South America.” In fact, that answer was wrong, because the world’s youngest continent is Africa. 60% of Africa is under the age of 25 and by the end of this century there will be 4 billion more people on Earth, 3 billion of whom will be born in Africa.
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The 2018 Africities Summit will launch the Youth Forum Creative Lab; a competition open to young Africans to harvest ideas to accelerate the transition towards sustainable cities and territories in Africa, targeting the two horizons of 2030 and 2063.

Open to young Africans aged between 15 and 35, from Africa and the African Diaspora, the competition aims to select 20 young Africans who will be sponsored by UN Habitat, as part of their Safer Cities Program, to attend the 2018 Africities Summit, free of charge.
There, they will participate in a Creativity Lab consisting of a Cartoon Camp Challenge and a Virtual Reality Contest, around the topic of imagining a sustainable future for Africa’s cities and territories. Those selected will attend the Creative Young Innovators Lab from November 20th -23rd, 2018.
  1. The Cartoon Camp Challenge will encourage young people to envision a new Africa of smart cities and smart economies that supports and encourages growth, ideals, technology and innovations encompassing the values of a future for all Africans.
  2. The Virtual Reality Contest will consist of a ‘hackathon’ competition, where participants will conceptualize, create and plan prototypes of IT solutions to speed up the transition towards sustainable cities and territories in Africa, under specific headings.
The 3 best projects from the Creative Lab, Virtual Reality Category, will be announced during the AWARD Ceremony of the closing Gala Dinner on November 24th, 2018.
We received 70 applications and are excited to welcome the 20 successful applicants to Africities 8, 2018
For information about the Youth Forum, visit:
On the 2nd October 2018, as part of the UN General Assembly, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa hosted a joint press conference to announce a collaborative partnership with UN Habitat, UNODC and UNESCO to host the inaugural Youth Forum at the up and coming 8th Africities Summit, which will take place from November 20-24, 2018 in Marrakesh, Morocco, under the theme: "The transition towards sustainable cities and territories: The role of Local and Sub- national governments of Africa." The Africities Summit is the flagship event of the pan African Organization United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) and is held every three years in one of the five regions of Africa.

Watch the video presentation of the Joint Press Conference with UN Habitat:
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“Most often people say, ‘You are the future,’ but our future never arrives.”
Jefferson Koijee,
City Mayor of Monrovia, Liberia.

In the drive to engage young people in the development of sustainable cities and territories in Africa, Monrovia’s young mayor and member of the Africities Youth Forum, speaks to the youth of Liberia to fight for the Africa they want through interaction with local government, the political process and policy makers.
 "Get more out of your music"
Sound Diplomacy is the leader of the Music Cities movement, which sees culture built into the urban environment.  They promote innovative approaches that bridge the gap between music and the world of policy and urban planning and help governments develop healthy music ecosystems to create vibrant, exciting communities and strategies for economic and cultural growth through job creation, increased tax revenues through spending, tourism growth, and cultural development.
To learn more, watch the Sound Diplomacy video and presentation, which offers you a step-by-step guide on how you can become a music city and develop your country’s music economy.

Sound Diplomacy:  Introduction Deck:
Sound Diplomacy: Your guide to becoming a music city:
UCLG Africa launches call for submission to 2018 Climate Initiative Awards at Africities Summit

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