The Africities Summit will take place in Johannesburg from 29 November – 3 December. The Africities Summit is the most important dialogue platform on decentralization and local development in Africa. It offers to the mayors and local authorities the opportunity to meet with the ministers in charge of local government, the officials of central administrations, the representatives of the private sector, civil society, the academia, the researchers, as well as the decentralized cooperation and development partners.
The theme for the Africities 7 Summit in Johannesburg is “SHAPING THE FUTURE OF AFRICA WITH THE PEOPLES: THE CONTRIBUTION OF AFRICAN LOCAL AUTHORITIES TO AGENDA 2063 OF THE AFRICAN UNION." The Summit will offer an opportunity to in-depth exchanges among all stakeholders, in order to come up with appropriate policies and strategies to improve integration, peace and unity in Africa, starting from the grassroots. It is also the Summit’s intention to stimulate and strengthen a "Foresight culture" among local authorities in development and democracy.