Strengthening Partnerships for a New African Urban Agenda: Conference Report

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 tofacilitate 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-offConference 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 andregional preparations for Habitat III;• Providing an overview of the tools needed in addressing priority areas for action. View it in French.