Cities Alliance to Adopt Key Advocacy Role in Advance of Habitat III

The Consultative Group also endorsed a proposal to develop a Cities Alliance strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa, with members located in Africa playing a leading role.
While the decision to relocate the Cities Alliance to Brussels was the major outcome of the November Consultative Group meetings in Hanoi, the CG also took a number of other key decisions.
In the area of Communications and Advocacy, the CG identified a key role for the Cities Alliance in marshalling its members to respond to the opportunities presented by the Habitat III conference that will take place in 2016. The Secretariat was mandated to work with key members to develop a bold and dynamic work programme designed to support the consolidation of the importance of urban development, and the role of local government, in the international development agenda.
Members also welcomed and endorsed the proposal to develop, during the course of 2013, a Cities Alliance strategy for Sub-Saharan Africa, with a leadership role for the Cities Alliance members located in Africa, especially the Governments of Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa, as well as United Cities and Local Governments Africa (UCLGA), Shack/Slum Dwellers International (SDI) and UN-Habitat.