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Cities Alliance’s support to local governments all over the world and particularly in Africa was warmly recognised by a gathering of local governments at the 5th Africities Summit in Marrakech. The award was one of the highlights of the Alliance’s very successful participation at the Summit.
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The Cities Alliance is participating in the fifth Africities summit in Marrakech 16-20 December. The Alliance is co-hosting a booth with the World Bank and will also host a joint strategic urban planning session, “Guiding Urbanisation in Africa for Economic Development and Poverty Reduction.”
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The World Bank launched a new Urban and Local Government Strategy in Singapore 11 November. The strategy calls for a broader-based, scaled up approach to urban poverty and seeks to help governments at all levels make cities more equitable, efficient, sustainable, and environmentally friendly.
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Ethiopia has established its first-ever Cities Network to provide Ethiopian cities with a forum for exchanging experiences on strategic urban planning and sustainable governance. The country has also designated 23 October as "Ethiopian Cities Day," an annual event to reflect on urban issues.
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On 26 September 2009, Typhoon Ketsana made landfall in the Philippines, killing more than 300 people and destroying over 10,000 homes. One organisation that has actively responded to the needs of the urban poor in the aftermath of Ketsana is the Homeless People’s Federation Philippines Inc.
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