Launch of the Global Action Plan Framework on Informal Settlements and Slums, will be co-hosted by the government of the Republic of South Africa and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme, the event is scheduled to take place on the 16 – 17 October 2022 in Pretoria, South Africa.
UN-Habitat's Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP) and the Republic of South Africa invites you to the launch of the Global Action Plan. The Global Partnership Initiative is championed by the Government of South Africa, hosting and facilitating political endorsement. The Global Action Plan is anchored in the Slums and Informal Settlements Network (SiSnet) launched during Habitat III Conference (in 2016, Quito, Ecuador) and the Participatory Slum Upgrading Programme (PSUP), initiated by the Organization for African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and financed by the European Commission.
The international meeting aims at starting a political engagement process towards a joint Global Action Plan Framework for Transforming Informal Settlements and Slums globally. The event leverages the momentum of the Urban October and the preparation process for the UN-Habitat Assembly in June 2023. The Government of South Africa would like to invite key partners to jointly develop a roadmap with the objective of formulating a resolution in support of a Global Action Plan Framework.
The Government of South Africa championed the issue of informal settlements during the Habitat III process and conducted, with UN-Habitat’s support, the Thematic Meeting on Informal Settlements. Since then, the Government of South Africa, UN-Habitat and the SiSnet have jointly conducted global policy conferences, thematic sessions, expert meetings and other events together informing policy directions, knowledge products and tool formulation. The Global Action Plan Framework is informed by the co-creation of a global publication in search of solutions to the challenges of informal settlements and slums. The publication provides a snapshot of the current global status quo of slums and informal settlements, reflects on lessons learnt in the past 20 years and identifies sustainable and inclusive solutions for transforming informal settlements and slums. Considering the above, the intention of the Global Action Plan Framework is to take coordination, collaboration, commitments and partnerships to the next level. It consolidates and amplifies efforts for accelerating the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in the Decade of Action and provides a joint vision of partnership and action.
This event will target a global audience primarily national and local governments, provincial departments, and municipalities, as well as academic institutions, think tanks and grassroots organizations.