The session will be a debate between representatives from local governments, researchers and civil society within Africities. It will explore how the Right to the City is understood in the African context, the different ways in which it is implemented on the ground as well as its challenges and opportunities as a cornerstone for the follow up and implementation of the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda.

The debate will incorporate different perspectives not only based on a diversity of local contexts and personal experiences, but also on two specific components of the Right to the City: A city/human settlement free of discrimination and fulfilling the right to housing.

The session will be divided into 2 parts:

  • What is the Right to the City to you? (1,5h) 60min presentations by the 5 speakers, 30min debate with the audience
  • How to achieve cities that are free of discrimination and guarantee the right to housing(as 2 examples on how to implement the Right to the City)? (1,5h) 40min presentations by 2 of the speakers (1 per topic), 40min debate with the audience, 30min recommendations moving forward by 3 of the speakers.


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