AFRICA: Forum on sustainable cities opens in Abidjan on 10 May 2023

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AFRICA: Forum on sustainable cities opens in Abidjan on 10 May 2023© Sopotnicki/Shutterstock

The third African Forum on Sustainable Cities (Foravid) will be held from 10 to 13 May 2023 in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. The event, which is expected to attract local elected officials and start-ups from across the continent, will focus on the financing of environmentally friendly territories.

Mobility and ecological housing as well as the sustainable management of natural resources will be at the centre of discussions at the African Forum on Sustainable Cities (FORAVID), which is being held in Abidjan in Ivory Coast from 10 to 13 May 2023. Between conferences, exhibitions and networking, the third edition of the Foravid will also be a meeting place for sustainable innovation in the economic sector.

To this end, the continent’s entrepreneurs will present their approaches to corporate social responsibility (CSR). The event, jointly organised by the non-governmental organisations (NGOs) Amistad and Afrique Green Inside, will also focus on climate financing as a guarantee for the development of sustainable cities. Indeed, African municipalities often do not have enough funds to respond effectively to climatic hazards (floods and drought) or to the waste crisis.

“Cultural and ecological activities are planned to bring people together with development actors to stimulate the development of environmentally friendly cities. For example, there will be workshops on territorial marketing, sustainable tourism and mechanisms for creating green jobs at the local level,” says Brice Delagneau, Foravid’s secretary general.

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This event has the same ambitions as “Finance Your Cities”, the first edition of which was held on 21 October 2022, also in Abidjan. The meeting organised by the Global Fund for Cities Development (GFCD) in partnership with the Ivorian government and the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) enabled finance professionals, investors and municipal leaders from all regions of Africa to cooperate in the future mobilisation of funds to strengthen the climate resilience of the continent’s cities.

For more information on the event, click here.

Benoit-Ivan Wansi

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