African Union Agenda 2063 offers a roadmap for our continent’s future. The Africa we want is a global powerhouse, standing out champion of just, inclusive communities and leading innovative sustainable solutions that reframes resource production and consumption. The Africa we want develops inclusive green industries that foster economic recovery and support youth employment and the empowerment of women, building strong regional collaboration and solidarity. The Africa we want hosts thriving cities that preserve cultural identities and work with and for their people.
Africa is the next global changemaker, whose development will determine whether we meet regional and global sustainability and equity goals. In this session, we explore key trends, movements and developments in our cities that are influencing global agendas. We unpack the emergence of new regional strategies and goals such as the African Continental Free Trade Area, the implementation of Agenda 2063, and the localisation of the SDG’s and Paris Agreement. Through the lenses of urbanisation, youth and women’s participation, trade and governance, we deliberate on the development trajectory of Africa, and the vital role of its cities.