The City We Need Now in Africa

The Role of intermediary cities 

Thursday 19 May 2022 - From 11:00 to 12:30 -

Mamboleo Convention and Recreation Centre

Session  SOU-57 I ROOM 9 - Kisumu, KENYA 

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The City We Need Now! (TCWNN) is a consensus document prepared by the World Urban Campaign, representing more than 200 organizations, on the lead to the United Nations High-Level meeting on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. It has a series of concise recommendations in ten action areas, summarising the current priorities in the implementation of the New Urban Agenda by a wide range of stakeholders, in relation to the 17 SDGs.


TCWNN depart from a statement: We are off-track to achieve the SDGs and the future appears increasingly uncertain with the acceleration of crises of different natures, be it environmental, economic, geopolitical and societal, widening gaps in cities. Today's reality of climate change, pandemics risks and wars destroying cities, reinforces policy makers’ drive for correcting actions and urgently puts cities on track to build a better urban life for future generations.


TCWNN reaffirms that cities and communities are accelerators of sustainable development in such a context. More than ever, the shared vision of WUC partners is to achieve cities and human settlements where all persons are able to enjoy equal rights and opportunities, as well as their fundamental freedoms, guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations, including full respect of international laws. Cities have solutions and are accelerators for the implementation of the SDGs. Cities are where a new social contract can emerge to accelerate climate action, and ensure peace and health for all.

On the lead to the ninth Edition of the Africities Summit, TCWNN has engaged cities and game changers who can demonstrate that it is possible to accelerate change towards the African Cities We Need by leveraging the right partnerships in intermediary cities. By putting secondary cities at the heart of national urban strategies, national and local leaders will give a second chance to Africa by engaging larger and balanced territories, leaving no one and no place behind.


The City We Need Now! Africa campaign won’t stop at Africities, Kisumu. Campaigners will continue spreading the word and raising ambitions for African cities towards the 11th session of the World Urban Forum convened by UN-Habitat in Katowice, Poland, from 26 to 30 June 2022), as well as towards the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) to be held in Sharm El-Sheikh from 7 to 18 November 2022. The campaign will engage regional and local government organizations, civil society and grass roots organizations, urban professionals, researchers and academias, youth and women groups, the medias and other relevant groups.

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The session will discuss The CityWe Need Now! manifesto launched on 25 April before the United Nations High Level meeting on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. The session will discuss the African dimension of The City We Need Now! with a specific angle on intermediary cities and present champions in particular local leaders in intermediary cities, CSOs and grassroot leaders, women and youth groups, urban professionals. The session will gather recommendations from African actors and partner organizations to be presented at the World Urban Forum 11 (Katowice, 26-30 June 2022).



  • Peter Anyang' Nyong'o, Governor of Kisumu County

  • Jean-Pierre Elong Mbassi, UCLGA Secretary General



Moderator of the Session: Oumar Sylla, Director, Regional Office for Africa, UN-Habitat

  • Hon. Obiga Kania,  Minister of State for Urban Development, Government of the Republic of Uganda

  • Alhaji Muhammad Musa Bello, Minister of Federal Capital Territory, Abuja, Nigeria

  • Rohey Malick Lowe, Mayor of Banjul, The Gambia

  • Chilando Chitangala, Mayor of Lusaka, Republic of Zambia (tbc)

  • Barthélémy Dias, Mayor of Dakar, Republic of Senegal (tbc)

  • Barbara Asher Ayisi, Former Member of Parliament for Cape Coast North, Lecturer at Cape Coast Technical University, Ghana



Moderator: Christine Auclair, Coordinator, World Urban Campaign

  • Dr. Limota Goroso Giwa, Huairou Commission (WUC Co-Chair, Women Constituency)

  • James Anditi, National Director, World Vision Kenya (Children and Youth Constituency)

  • Xavier Crépin, Co-Director, Master ISUR VED, SciencesPo Rennes (WUC Academia)

  • Jane Anyango, Polycom Development, Kenya (WUC Grassroots)

  • Eric Huybrechts, Institut Paris Région, FNAU-MTPA, ISOCARP, ICOMOS (WUC Professionals)

  • Tristan Morel, SETEC, President of ADP Association Villes en Développement (WUC Professionals)

Guiding Questions:

  1. How is your country/city advancing the key principles of The City We Need Now?

  2. What are the priority actions in your context? Give examples of actions in your countri(es), citi(es)?

  3. How can synergies be strengthened to better implement The City We Need Now in Africa? What can be the specific role of intermediary cities in achieving the principles of The City We Need Now.

Guiding principles of The City We Need Now (TCWNN) to be commented during the session:

  • Principle 1: The City We Need is healthy and promotes well-being

            (key words: clean air, water, food supply, green space, resilience, 15 min city)

  • Principle 2: The City We Need is free from violence, war and fosters a culture of peace

            (key words: peace, dignity, tolerance, social cohesion, inter-generational dialogue)

  • Principle 3: The City We Need is resilient, low-carbon and adapts to climate change

            (key words: circular economy, regeneration, recycling, ecosystem restoration, urban agriculture)

  • Principle 4: The City We Need is inclusive and promotes gender equality

            (key words: right to the city for all, collaborative space, socially inclusive, gender equality)

  • Principle 5: The City We Need is economically vibrant and provides opportunities to all

            (key words: shared prosperity, decent work, circular economy, urban infrastructure, sustainable innovation)

  • Principle 6: The City We Need has a strong sense of place and has room for diverse identities

            (key words: cultural heritage, identity, diversity, indigenous knowledge, sense of place, conservation)

  • Principle 7: The City We Need is managed through public participation and democratically governed

            (key words: Community participation, Trust, Living labs, Public space)

  • Principle 8: The City We Need fosters comprehensive and integrated planning and development

            (key words: compact integrated city, spatial visioning, strategic planning, plan to anticipate crisis, resilience)

  • Principle 9: The City We Need ensures access to housing, services and mobility

            (key words: right to adequate housing, slum upgrading, accessibility, mobility, proximity)

  • Principle 10: The City We Need learns and innovates

            (key words: innovation, education, urban labs, art, systems thinking, open data)