WACAP’s Global Forums offer cities the opportunity to connect and establish contacts, share experiences, promote city-to-city cooperation and identify potential partners and funding sources.
Beginning in Lyon, remedy France in 1998, WACAP has organized a bi-annual global forum in a host city focusing on a timely urban and human development theme, providing an important platform where mayors, local authorities, city associations, urban planners, civil society organizations and other local and international actors can connect and exchange practical knowledge and information – as well as showcase and share best practices and solutions to what are often common development challenges.
The global forums offer opportunities to connect and establish contacts, share experiences, promote city-to-city cooperation and identify potential partners and funding sources. These global forums also provide strategic venues where municipal authorities gain exposure to the latest and most innovative technologies and services designed to make cities smarter, safer, more sustainable and inclusive, and responsive to the needs and aspirations of their citizens.
Examples of noteworthy results emanating from the recent WACAP 8 Forum in Dublin in 2013 include: expressions of interest by the cities of Sakai, Japan, Reykjavik, Iceland and Dublin, Ireland to join and benefit from the UN Women Global Safe Cities initiative, and an agreement between WACAP and UNITAR to utilize its network of International Training Centres for Local Actors (CIFAL) to expand the availability of training and learning activities in urban development for WACAP member cities.
Following the recent transition of WACAP to UNOSSC, and reflecting on the renewed focus on expanding the Alliance’s membership and participation of cities in the Global South, the decision has been made to convene the global forums in a city in the Global South – and to focus each year on a post-2015 sustainable development goal in the urban context. The next Global Forum is currently being planned for Macau in November 2015, on the theme of the post-2015 sustainable development framework.
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