Building Urban Resilience in Southern Africa: Dialogue of Mayors and City Leaders
Organizer: World Bank, SADC, DIMSUR
|The session will be an opportunity for city leaders, government representatives and DRR practitioners from across Southern Africa to come together and:
– Present the Regional Assessment of urban vulnerability and resilience in Southern Africa.
– Share experiences and best practices on climate change adaptation, DRR and building urban resilience between cities in the region and discuss opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaboration.
– Consider existing regional strategies and frameworks and discuss gaps, linkages and implementation mechanisms in the context of formulating recommendations for a regional framework on urban resilience.
– Reflect on the changing DRR landscape in Africa in light of the dual challenges of climate change and the wide-ranging impacts of the coronavirus pandemic. The starting point for the discussion will be the findings of the Regional Assessment on Urban Vulnerability and Resilience in the SADC Countries and a summary of the outcomes and lessons learned from the implementations of CityRAP in six countries. The session highlights the findings from the Building Disaster Resilience in Sub-Saharan Africa Program and the collaboration between World Bank, DIMSUR/UNHABITAT, SADC and other partners in the region.
Fruzsina Straus, Human Settlements Officer, UN-Habitat
Mhoudine Sitti Farouata, Governor of Grande Comore Island, Union of Comoros
Joshua Maligwa, Town Clerk City of Mutare, Zimbabwe
Alice Russo, Mayor of Matsapha, Eswatini
António Beleza, Director, INGC, Mozambique
James Chiusiwa, Commissioner for Disaster Management Affairs, Department of Disaster Management Affairs, Malawi
Dewald van Niekerk, Professor, North-West University, South Africa