UEMI to support and help facilitate UN-Habitat’s participation in a one-week workshop for representatives from African cities in Cape Town From October 22 to October 28, 2018 in the Republic of South Africa’s coastal city of Cape Town the UEMI team will participate in supporting the United Nations-Habitat’s workshop in collaboration with Open Streets Cape Town. The objective of the workshop is to facilitate practical knowledge exchange sharing, between those working in the non-motorised transport (NMT) space, and explore the potential for similar urban initiatives in other African cities. The workshop will aim to:
Provide a “real-life” experience of Open Streets activities / place making as a participatory and collaborative process that inspires people to collectively reimagine and reinvent public spaces and streets in order to maximize shared value.
Equip participants with an understanding of how to plan, facilitate and implement an Open Streets initiative.
Provide guidance to participants upon return and support them in planning for their own Open Streets programme.
Share and interrogate experiences about the promotion of Non-Motorised Transport in African cities
Develop a stronger network between streets enthusiasts in different African cities
UEMI’ participation in the Cape Town workshop is mandated by the objective of the projects overarching goals of advancing the UN’s New Urban Agenda and making a direct contribution to the UN’s objectives of the Paris Agreement and Sustainable Development Goals. During the Cape Town workshop, the UEMI team will also aim to facilitate and identify future programmes - that could potentially be developed further within the focus areas of energy, waste resource management and transportation. UP’s participation in Cape Town is also within the projects Facility of Cooperation that supports streamlining joint and parallel work efforts to further enhance national and local implementation concepts.