The Department of Cooperative Governance and ICLEI Africa have entered into a memorandum of understanding on local government support and spatial urban transformation, urban development, institutional development and localizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The partnership is aimed at offering support in the implementation of the Integrated Urban development Framework (IUDF). The first phase of the MOU will look at providing Intermediate city municipalities support in localizing SDGs as well as institutionalizing climate change within their long term plans.
The official signing ceremony of the MOU took place at the Local Government Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Symposium held in Durban ICC at eThekwini Municipality. ICLEI Africa Regional Director, Kobie Brand, Deputy Minister of Cooperative Governance, Parks Tau and Director General of Cooperative Governance Mr Dan Mashitisho were present to sign the MOU.
The symposium was a partnership between MILE, eThekwini Municipality, ICLEI Africa, SALGA, Department of Cooperative Governance and United National Institute for Training and Research.
The aim of the Symposium was to foster cooperation (whole-of-society-approach) as well as endorse the SDGs as an enabling framework that can effectively be aligned with the IUDF, NDP and municipal IDPs, with the aim of supporting local officials in aligning their work thereto. The two day gathering provided a space to exchange knowledge and celebrate and share best practice initiatives, programmes, and projects that have been implemented at the local level.