UEMI to support and help facilitate UN-Habitat’s participation in a one-week workshop for representatives from African cities in Cape Town Cape Town Friday, 26 October 2018 - Urban Pathways partnered with UN Habitat, Transform Urban Mobility Initiative and Open Streets Cape Town for a one week workshop (from 22 to 28 October 2018) with representatives from ten (10) African cities on implementing the New Urban Agenda in Cape Town, South Africa. The African ten cities representative comprised of policy-makers and civil society associations working in areas including urban mobility, development, health and education. The Urban Pathways project team engaged with policymakers and civil society on the 3 board areas of the projects objectives, namely, waste management, energy and transport. Discussions centred on how to practically implement the new urban agenda in different African cities taking into consideration the socio-economic policy priorities, local context and on the ground behaviour. Urban Pathways, going forward, will provide capacity building, partnership engagements and project identification and development for support with our established partners and stakeholders from this workshop - building board consensus and practically bringing to life the Paris Agreement commitments. One of the focus discussions was how to implement non-motorised transport activities in local communities, develop policy and shift behaviour toward low/no carbon emissions.
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.