The 16th Session of the Executive Committee of UCLG Africa was held on 29 and 30 May 2017, at the hotel La Tour Hassan in Rabat, Morocco.
The proceedings were chaired by Hugues Ngouélondélé, Mayor and MP for the city of Brazzaville, Congo and Vice President of UCLG Africa for the Central Africa region.
Regarding the strategic partnership with the European Commission, the committee met with representatives of the European Commission who confirmed their support to ensure that local authorities in Africa become fully-fledged development actors, as well as support to UCLG Africa in its mission to represent and strengthen the capacities of these authorities.
With regard to international agendas, the focus was placed on the commitment of local authorities to localize these agendas and build corresponding plans for their territories. Emphasis was placed on how to enable African communities to access climate finance.
The committee also received the report from the Mayor of Brazzaville on preparations for the 8th edition of the Africities summit to be held in Brazzaville in Congo from December 04 to December 08, 2018.
Finally, the committee expressed its concern about the situation of UCLG Africa’s President, Khalifa Ababacar Sall, Mayor of Dakar, who has been detained at Rebeuss Prison since March 2017.
The committee has decided to continue to sensitize African decision-makers and African and international opinion to scrupulously respect the law in the handling of this case, including the presumption of innocence; and to avoid causing the elected mayor of Dakar further degrading and unworthy treatment.
The Executive Committee of UCLG Africa is the body responsible for the political leadership of UCLG Africa between sessions of the General Assembly of UCLG. The Executive Committee is made up of 16 members, 15 members representing each of the 5 regions of the continent (with 3 locally elected representatives from each of the 5 regions), and the President of the Network of Local Women in Africa (REFELA). The Executive Committee is elected for a three-year term established since the last General Assembly of UCLG Africa held in Johannesburg, South Africa, on December 02, 2015. During the General Assembly, Mr. Khalifa Sall, Mayor of Dakar, Senegal, was elected to the Presidency of UCLG Africa and chaired the sessions of the Executive Committee. In his absence, a substitute was designated from amongst the Vice-Presidents. The Presidency of the 16th Session of the Executive Committee of UCLG Africa was ensured by Mr. Hugues Ngouélondélé, Mayor and MP for Brazzaville, and Vice-President of UCLG Africa for the Central Africa Region.