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SALGA and ICLEI Africa-Local Governments for Sustainability sign a Memorandum of Understanding at the ICLEI World Congress in Montreal, Canada

Posted: 22 June 2018


The South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and the ICLEI Africa-Local Government for Sustainability, have formalised their partnership by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on 21 June 2018 at the ICLEI World Congress in Montreal, Canada. The MoU represents an ambition to build upon on a long-standing collaborative partnership between SALGA and ICLEI to upscale and accelerate sustainable urban development through the localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The ICLEI World Congress is currently underway in Montreal, Canada and will come to an end on 22 June 2018. The ICLEI World Congress provides a platform for institutions, cities and partners from across the globe to come together and collaborate to support municipalities with sustainable urban development whilst sharing knowledge on topical issues relating to the sustainability agenda, including water security, biodiversity management, climate change responses and green transport, amongst others.

Following the signing, the Chief Executive Officer of SALGA, Mr Xolile George expressed his pleasure at the opportunity to sign the Mou by stating that:“The relationship between SALGA and ICLEI strengthens SALGA’s ability to gain access to, and facilitate the inclusion of municipalities in global platforms where municipal sustainability activities are profiled. In this regard, SALGA, and its member municipalities will be better able to influence the agenda and global discourse on issues pertaining to sustainability and climate”.

Formalising this already existing longstanding relationship, enables SALGA to be a member of ICLEI, thereby expanding the suite of benefits attributable to recognition as a strategic partner to ICLEI. In addition, SALGA will be better able to influence the work programme and strategic agenda of both ICLEI’s Africa secretariat and that of the global organisation and collective of municipalities. Ms. Kobie Brand, Regional Director of ICLEI Africa, expressed the mutual ambition of the partners to keep in sight the important role of local governments in achieving global sustainable development by the year 2030.

Presided over by the newly elected President of ICLEI and Mayor of Bonn, Mr. Ashok Sridharan as well as the ICLEI Secretary General, Mr Gino Van Begin, and witnessed by an audience of high profile political leaders that included the Member of the Executive Council (MEC) of the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA) in Kwa-Zulu Natal, MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube and SALGA’s NEC members; Cllrs Gomba and Ngangelizwe, the signing ceremony marked an important and historic moment for both SALGA and ICLEI.

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