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Strengthening Partnerships for a New African Urban Agenda: Conference Report

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In order to ensure that there would be effective engagement by African countries in the process of generating an ‘Urban Agenda’ for the 21st century which recognizes the ever-changing dynamics of human civilization, the Governments of Nigeria and Ghana have committed to
facilitate an active, evidence-based and highly inclusive Preparatory Process for Habitat II, with all stakeholders from across the continent in atendance, through a project entitled the ‘Strengthening Partnerships for a New Africa Urban Agenda’. Arising from the above, the Take-off
Conference on Strengthening Partnerships for a New Africa Urban Agenda was held at the Gigiri Complex of the United Nations Offices, Nairobi, Kenya, from the 4th to the 6th of December, 2013, under the theme: Imperatives for an Africa Urban Agenda.

The main objectives of the Conference consisted in:

• Identifying key imperatives for designing an Africa Urban Agenda based on the “New Pact: Optimizing the Urban Advantage”;
• Exploring ways of strengthening partnerships between state and non-state actors in the pursuit of a new urban agenda for Africa;
• Introducing the “Strengthening Partnerships” Project, reviewing the road map for implementation as well as the roles of various partners in achieving the Post-2015 Development Agenda, and the national and
regional preparations for Habitat III;
• Providing an overview of the tools needed in addressing priority areas for action.
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