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A4 - Local enactment of SDG 11: Reflections from four Southern African cities

Session Description

Facilitator: Meggan Spires, Senior Manager, ICLEI Africa Secretariat, Cape Town, South Africa


  • Estella Nakaluzwe Mbulo, Environmental Planner, Lusaka City Council, Zambia
  • Sylvester Mitini-Nkhoma, Director, Department of Leisure, Culture and Environmental Services, Blantyre City Council, Malawi
  • Allan Duncan Julius Kwanjana, Director of Environment, Parks and Recreation, Lilongwe City Council, Malawi
  • Sikhumbuzo Ncube, Climate Change point person, Bulawayo City Council, Zimbabwe
  • Douty Chibamba, Lecturer: Department of Geography & Environmental Studies, University of Zambia, Lusaka, Zambia (tbc)
  • Burnet O’Brien Mkandawire, Senior Lecturer, Head of Department and Member of Senate of the University of Malawi, Zomba, Malawi (tbc)
  • David Mkwambisi, Associate Professor of Environmental Sustainability and Programmes Coordinator, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Eugine Makaya, Lecturer, Department of Civil and Water Engineering, Department of Civil and Water Engineering, National University of Science and Technology (tbc)

Organized by: ICLEI - Africa Secretariat

Cities are the source and solution to many global problems (UN University). They hold the key to the attainment of the SDGs, and serve as microcosms of them, able to indicate our progress towards their achievement. This session will focus on SDG 11 (the “city” SDG), but recognizes that the SDGs need to be worked towards as a package, each one key to the sustainability of our planet. During this session, ICLEI Africa will facilitate a discussion between representatives from four southern African cities, who will share their struggles and successes in fast-growing and resource-constrained southern African cities. These reflections will be framed within SDG 11 and the SDGs more broadly, for interrogation into how to overcome barriers that hinder their achievement in some of the most vulnerable places on earth. The session will be highly interactive, with city stakeholders speaking openly about their experiences, with the only electronic input being photos of their cities (no PowerPoint session).