African local leaders eye ‘sustainable development’ to cope with urban boom

A leader of an umbrella group of local governments from across Africa insisted on Friday that “sustainable development” is needed to cope with the challenges of rapid urbanisation on the continent.

Thousands of delegates are meeting for the Africities Summit that brings together local leaders, civil society, governments and international donors every three years.

This year’s gathering in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh is focusing on the “transition to sustainable cities and territories” and the role of local governments in Africa.

“Sustainable development is the only alternative for African cities,” said Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, the secretary general of umbrella group United Cities and Local Governments of Africa.

He called for African local authorities to learn…

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