Taking place 05 to 07 June 2018 at the CSIR International Convention Centre (ICC) in the City of Tshwane, Sustainability Week 2018 covers every angle of sustainable development in Africa, from the macro view of Africa’s capital cities to the micro view of the people whom sustainable development affects, whether they are sustainability practitioners at the top end of their field or simply fellow citizens with a stake in a better life for all.

Africa’s capital cities heed the call

From Cairo to Kampala, from Windhoek to Ougadougou, the mayors of Africa’s capital cities are coming to call. Since the City of Tshwane first started hosting the African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum (ACCSF), the event has become firmly established as the premier sustainability event for city leaders on the African continent: a powerful, growing network for the mayors of capital cities across the continent to achieve the sustainable development goals that are common to all.

This year is no exception. A more diverse array of mayors than ever before prepares to gather on 05 June at the CSIR ICC in the City of Tshwane, in order to share how they are responding to the numerous challenges that are threatening growth and development in African cities – rapid urbanisation, energy and water access and stresses, sanitation, the global economic slowdown, rising unemployment and social inequities, trade facilitation, connectivity, land and biodiversity degradation, amongst others, not to mention the significant and growing impacts of climate change.

The audience will have the opportunity to glean the most up-to-date insights for sustainable urban development directly from the leaders of in excess of 30 African capital cities, all in one day. It’s a must to attend for everyone with a stake in growing sustainable cities.

Sustainable Cities Africa

Whereas the first day of Sustainability Week is about hearing what challenges and opportunities are presented by sustainable urban development, the second day is about how to deal with them. Drawing on the insights derived from the ACCSF, on 06 June, the Sustainable Cities Africa presents technical solutions to the challenges faced by cities tasked with leading pro-poor, climate-resilient social and economic transformation.

The first session, “Financing the City”, is about the relationship between responsible leadership and project funding. Making cities safe and sustainable means ensuring access to safe and affordable housing, and upgrading slum settlements, as well as investing in public transport, creating green public spaces, and improving urban planning and management in a way that is both participatory and inclusive. Sustainable solutions such as public transit systems and energy-efficient buildings need a strong financial model behind them to come to life.

The second session, “The City of the People”, recognizes that the more than 200 million people who live in informal human settlements in Africa are vulnerable to poverty, food insecurity, social violence, fire, flooding and disease. For cities to be inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable, these informal settlements must be upgraded in a way that enhances economic and social opportunities, so that people have access to decent housing as well as decent work.

The third session, “The City of Commerce, Industry and Science”, focuses on how companies can achieve competitive advantage through balancing sustainable development goals with the highest economic, social and governance performance standards – while fostering the technological innovation that will allow Africa to join the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Sustainability Week Seminars

The third day of Sustainability Week drills down into the practical and technical detail of achieving sustainable outcomes in an array of interconnected industries, including energy, water, agriculture, tourism, infrastructure, transport and waste.

This day also hosts the Green Building Council’s eagerly anticipated Green Building Conference, showcasing the latest developments in green building technique. It’s a particularly appropriate conference for the City of Tshwane, which has embraced green building as part of its commitment to sustainable development.

Sustainability Week 2018 in brief

African Capital Cities Sustainability Forum:

WHAT challenges and opportunities does sustainable development present to the mayors of Africa’s capital cities?

Sustainable Cities Africa:

HOW can stakeholders fund and implement a sustainable, inclusive pro-poor growth model that grows the smart, green economy for the benefit of all?

Sustainability Week Seminars

WHO is actually going to implement cutting-edge sustainability practices in the organization? After attending a Sustainability Week Seminar, that person will be –  you.

Event details:

Date: Tuesday, 05 to Thursday, 07 June 2018

Time: 07:00 to 17:00

Venue: CSIR International Convention Centre, Tshwane, Gauteng

To find out more about the event, please visit http://sustainabilityweek.co.za/ and http://www.africancapitalcities.org/. Join the conversation on Facebook @SustainabilityWeekSA and on Twitter @SustainWeekSA.