On 27 and 28 February, Côte d’Ivoire hosted the Abidjan Meetings to support Sustainable Cities, an event organized by the Ministry for Urban Affairs with the support of the Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV), ahead of the Africa-France Summit in Bordeaux (4-6 June).
For Côte d’Ivoire, the event was inaugurated by the Prime Minister and overseen by the Minister for Urban Affairs, François-Albert Amichia. French Minister for Urban Affairs and Housing, Julien Denormandie, attended alongside his counterpart. Around twenty countries and 500 people attended the two days of discussions, which were divided into seven dialogue sessions with sustainable city stakeholders (ministries, local elected representatives, funders, businesses and civil society).
The Abidjan Declaration was adopted by the end of the meetings, and President Ouattara will promote this declaration in Bordeaux. The declaration highlights the principle of subsidiarity (in terms of the central government and local governments). The development of the social and solidarity economy and the circular economy, and the banning of child labour are also included. The key conclusions include the creation of a forum for discussion between ministers for urban affairs, funders and urban planning experts; a draft charter for Heads of State and an Alliance of Ministers for Urban Affairs (who will meet in Bordeaux on 4 June).