Kampala to Host Cities

Kampala Capital City Authority will next month host the Future of Cities Forum (FCF) to discuss how modern yet inclusive cities are built.

The forum will take place between October 1-3, 2014 at Speke Resort hotel, Munyonyo. Uganda becomes the first country in Africa to host this forum. Organised under the World Future Council (WFC) umbrella, the FCF is an annual international urban development conference hosted on a revolving basis in different cities around the world.

Themed, “Making the case for regenerative urban development: A guiding framework for an urbanising Africa”, the forum is expected to deliberate on how cities can be planned to withstand consequences of rapid urbanisation.

Most cities globally have challenges of traffic congestion, air pollution, and high population mobility from villages to towns.

“In order for cities to be transformed to more livable and sustainable spaces, there must be a paradigm shift in how cities are managed and designed – from being planned around motorized transport to being designed around people and their behavior,” said a KCCA press statement.

The forum would also discuss how city dwellers can best use renewable energy as an alternative option for their electricity needs. Water and sanitation is also high on the agenda.

“Although an improvement of water and sanitation has been observed over the past decade in some countries, there are problems that persist in Africa,” the KCCA statement said. “Sustainable sanitation improves not only surface water quality but more importantly, quality of groundwater.”

Forum delegates will include mayors, city planners, urban development technical experts, scientists, development partners, and representatives of civil society and the private sector players. The first FCF Conference happened in 2011 in Delhi India. In 2012, it was at Burjal Arab, Dubai, and in 2013 it was in Hamburg, Germany.

Source : The Observer

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