Press Release: 3 May 2013
Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2013
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Be Part of the Solution: Africa’s Urbanization & Climate Change Challenges

The City of Dar es Salaam is hosting a world-class Pan-African congress in October to identify and showcase innovative solutions and opportunities to the challenges of rapid urbanization, and realistic responses to climate change at the local government level.

The Local Climate Solutions for Africa 2013 Congress (LOCS2013) will provide a unique opportunity for business, organisations and NGOs to engage directly with relevant African local leaders in the context of building urban climate resilience.

Dar es Salaam City Council Spokesperson, Gaston Makwembe, said: “Dar es Salaam City Council would like to invite business and organisations to show their on-going commitment to the environment and sustainability of urban centres in Africa by supporting this exclusive event.

“We are hosting this international event in partnership with ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability, the world's leading association of cities and local governments dedicated to sustainable development. The aim of the event is to provide a platform for government, business, academics and NGOs to discuss, debate and find solutions to the challenges of rapid urbanization we are experiencing in Africa,” he said.

“We want to encourage African businesses to join us by getting involved and supporting this endeavour to move African cities towards climate resilience and a green urban economy,” said Makwembe.

Kobie Brand, Regional Director of ICLEI Africa said: “Globally more than half of the world’s population lives in cities and urban areas. This rapid urbanisation has put increased pressure on essential services, urban infrastructure and natural systems that underpin economies and social well-being.

“Climate change is expected to aggravate these issues and severely impact on security and access to water, energy and food, issues that will affect society’s most vulnerable people. These challenges call for innovative solutions and a transition in Africa towards embracing urbanization, responding to change and harnessing opportunities,” she said.

LOCS2013 will provide a key opportunity to share global good practice and locally appropriate solutions and technologies towards accelerated climate action on the ground. There will be a strong emphasis on local leadership, financing and accelerated integrated action at the local and sub-national level, underpinned by a special focus on integrated planning towards addressing climate resilience in Africa.

Business, organisations or individuals interested in supporting this world-class event should log onto locs4africa.iclei.org or contact the LOCS2013 Support Team at: locs4africa@iclei.org.

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Issued by:
City of Dar es Salaam
Contact: Gaston Makwembe: +255 782 848 551
Email: locs4africa.iclei.org