The Government of Malawi, through the Lilongwe City Council in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), wishes to inform the public that it will convene a three-day Lilongwe International Mayors Forum at The Bingu International Convention Centre (BICC) from 16- 18 May 2018.
The three-day regional meeting is aimed at providing an international platform for policy dialogue and knowledge sharing through presentations and discussions on key aspects related to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, particularly SDG 11, Sustainable Cities and Communities at local level.
Specifically, the objectives of the International Mayors’ Forum in Lilongwe, are;
- Knowledge and skills acquisition for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs at local level;
- Enhancing participants’ understanding of the interlinkages between SDG 11 and other SDGs, and other international agendas, such as the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda;
- Expanding the network of mayors and other leaders of local governments working towards achievement of the SDGs at local level;
- Sharing experiences and peer-to-peer collaboration amongst mayors, local government leaders, experts and other stakeholders involved in the implementation of SDG 11 and other related SDGs at local level;
- Learning from best practices and pitfalls in implementing the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs in cities and human settlements.
It is also expected that the Lilongwe International Mayors Forum will contribute to bringing the voice of the local authorities up to the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) set for July 2018 in New York, where discussions and subsequent recommendations emerging from the Lilongwe Mayors’ Forum will be presented.
The Lilongwe International Mayors Forum is the first International Mayors’ Forum to be held in Africa, where over 100 mayors, leaders and representatives of local governments from around the world will be present.