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					UCLG Urban Strategic Planning Commission
                                         PROGRAMME (26/05/2011)
Strategic Planning Learning Exchange ‘fostering learning of the global south”
                                                   13-15 June 2011

                                        Venue: North Beach Southern Sun Hotel,
                                             Oliver Tambo Marine Parade
                                               Durban, South Africa

Organisers: UCLG Committee in Strategic Urban Planning, eThekwini Municipality (Durban)
Co-funders: UCLG, Norwegian Ministry of Foreigners Affairs, eThekwini Municipality (Durban), Agence Française de
Développement (AFD), Caisse des Dépôts
Collaborators: Metropolis, Cities Alliance, SALGA, UCLGA, Global Fund for Cities Development (GFCD)

The one common experience that unites all local governments in their efforts to deliver services and achieve
sustainable development is that planning cannot be left to chance. For this reason, planning has to provide holistic
solutions build on local identities and potentials and remain flexible to adapt to the capacity of cities in addressing their
The planning cycle addresses social inclusion, economic productivity and spatial transformation, concluding with the
feasibility and access to finance to implement projects and programs;
UCLG has played an important role in the debate of Urban Strategic Planning approaches and principles and has
developed a policy paper on this topic which shows the value of regional experiences being shared globally, especially
between the regions of the global south. In addition, UCLG with its extended membership of internationally active
cities stands for decentralized cooperation as a way to learn from each other in a supportive way, emphasizing the
professional resources in cities. The UCLG mentoring programme looks to integrate new and broad based
knowledge of southern cities and make it accessible by committing cities to work in peer reviews to achieve specific
objectives or planning cycles.
The city of Durban/eThekwini, is vice president of the UCLG committee on urban strategic planning and epitomises
the relevance of southern knowledge and learning in UCLG. With MILE (Municipal Institute of Learning), Durban set
up a platform to share the experiences of their own international transformation processes to become a leading and
well structured Southern African metropolis. MILE is especially addressing city practitioners of the African continent to
benefit from hands-on learning by involving more than 10 departments that have developed numerous best practices.

Objectives of the meeting
Overall objective
To put in evidence the relationship of governance and urban development and promote the knowledge and capacity
of cities in the global south.
Specific objectives
        To promote relevant experiences from Latin American cities, in particular success stories whose lessons can
        be applied to others cities especially in Africa.
        To take forward a deeper comparison of contexts and local strategies
        To establish new partners for city-to-city cooperation through the UCLG Mentoring programme
        To design a possible agenda for UCLG and MILE on likely modes of learning and enhancing management.

Members of the UCLG Urban Strategic Planning (USP) committee and their city partners that are keen to apply,
evaluate and transfer lessons on strategic planning.
                                Day One: Monday 13th June 2011
08:00 – 09:00   REGISTRATION AND TEA

09:00 – 09:15   Welcome, Introductions and Expectations
                Short input from Political Leadership of Host City (City Mayor or nominee)

9:15-11:00      Framing Urban Strategic Planning: Challenges and Opportunities - Policy positioning
                This session will set the tone for learning exchange benefits and outline the context; it will promote
                the urban strategic planning policy paper and the importance of making cities’ knowledge known
                internationally. The Mayor of Rosario Miguel Lifschitz and Dr Michael Sutcliffe of eThekwini will
                provide an overview of policy lessons and networking through a global review, introduce MILE
                and describe how it will be used as a mechanism to facilitate learning on urban strategic planning
                between UCLG and the committee.
                    •   Chairs of UCLG committee on Urban Strategic Planning: Mayor of Rosario, Miguel
                        Lifschitz, and the Mayor of eThekwin, Dr Michael Sutcliffe.
                    •   Representative of National government of South Africa
                    •   South African Local Governments Association (SALGA)
                    •   United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLGA)
                    •   United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG)and Metropolis
                    •   Agence Française de Développement
                    •   Caisse des Dépôt

11.00 – 11.30   TEA BREAK

11.30 -13:00    Vision, Inspiration and Leadership: Critical Success Factors in Strategic Planning
                Keynote address on UCLG policy paper on Leadership and Governance by
                   • Rosario
                   • Durban:
                The Case Studies of:
                   • Medellin – Education as strategy for urban integrated development
                   • Bergen – New challenges as chance: climate change and migration

                Moderated by Cecilia Njenga (UNEP)
13:00 – 14:00   LUNCH

14:00 – 16:00   Strategic Planning and the Social Inclusion Agenda
                Poverty is increasing and many of the Millennium Development Goals still have to be met in cities.
                Only a few countries such as Brazil have achieved part of the MDGs, by prioritizing the fight
                against poverty hand in hand with the “right to the city”. Meanwhile, local governments in all
                regions design innovative local policies for poverty reduction and social inclusion with limited
                resources. The objective of this session is to put in evidence successful experiences and learning
                lessons of cities that are managing to reduce poverty and social exclusion with concrete actions.

                    Speakers                                    Contributors / moderators
                    •   Sao Paulo city                              •    German Cooperation agency – GIZ
                    •   Sao Paulo state                             •    Nampula
                    •   Blantyre
                    •   Ciudad Sur (Chile)
                    •   Sousse
16:00 – 16:20   TEA BREAK
16:20 – 17:20   Debate on learning lessons from the South African strategic planning experiences
                        -   Overview from SALGA on Integrated Development Planning in South Africa
                        -   Other experiences from South African cities
                        -   What are relevant lessons for Africa?
                        -   What are relevant lessons from Africa?
                        -   What can be applied?
                        -   Can exchange and learning be integrating what happens in cities?

17:20 – 18:30   Committee meeting steering board (round table )
                        -   Ownership of activities
                        -   Upcoming initiatives
                        -   Climate change and planning
                        -   Porto Alegre and Metropolis: 10th World Congress of Metropolis – “Cities in Transition”
                        -   Financing and project activities in course and to be designed
                        -   Upcoming project meeting in Oslo

18.30           CIVIC RECEPTION

                               Day Two: Tuesday 14th June 2011
08:00 – 08:30   MORNING TEA

08:30 – 11:00   City tour
                The buses leave at 08h30 sharp for a city tour including sites demonstrating economic (re)-
                development:Point; UShaka; Warwick; INK

11:00 – 13:00   Strategic Planning as a tool for Economic Transformation?
                One of the strongest indicators for measuring success of strategies is in the area of local
                economic development and job creation. Cities can use economic opportunities and trends such
                as new global markets or construction booms to create long term investments and position
                themselves for growth. However, economic development can not be looked at in isolation: social
                inclusion, management of environmental resources as well as of cultural values must be linked
                strategically to achieve long term impacts.

                    Speakers                                   Contributors / moderators
                    •   Johannesburg                               •   ALAN Otjiwarongo
                    •   Porto Alegre                               •   Caisse des Dépôts
                    •   OPEN cities
                    •   Sevilla
                    •   Agadir
13:00 – 14:00   LUNCH

14:00 – 16:00   Strategic Planning as a tool for spatial transformation
                Some urban planning tools can influence greatly the distribution of people and activities in a
                region. The pursuit of balanced development and physical organization of the space according to
                an overall strategy brings many benefits with direct impacts on the lives of city dwellers. The
                objective of this session is to understand how Strategic Planning is redefining some cities’ spatial
                organization towards more sustainable development and improving the quality of life of the

                    Speakers                                   Contributors / moderators
                    •   Grand Paris                                •   Agence Française de Développement - AFD
                    •   Ille de France                             •   Mombasa
                    •   Belo Horizonte
                    •   Douala
                    •   Moscow

16:00- 16:20    TEA BREAK

16:20 – 18:00   Strategic Planning and financing implementation
                One of the major challenges of local governments is to find resources that enable implementation
                of Strategic Planning. A strategic plan is a crucial instrument to attract international, national, and
                local investment. One option is to embed feasible and sustainable investment in infrastructure,
                such as massive transport in the strategic plan, another is to demonstrate creditworthiness and
                being proactive in raising investments and credits in the international market.

                    Speakers                                   Contributors / moderators

                   •    South Africa (Roland Hunter)              •   UCLG Africa
                   •    Dakar on global development
                        fund (UCLG Metropolis)
                   •    World Bank
                   •    Rabat
18:00 – 18:30   Wrap up and feedback on lessons to be deepened
                   •    Lilongwe
                   •    Local governments association of Mozambique - ANAMM
19:00           DINNER AT USHAKA

                            Day Three : Wednesday 15th June 2011

8:00 – 8:30     MORNING TEA

08:30 – 09:00   Short Presentation of the Mentoring framework

09:00 – 11:00   Reflections from six cities on their mentor/mentee processes,:
                   • Lilongwe /Johannesburg
                   • Mzuzu / Durban
                   • Blantyre / Ekhuruleni
                   • Mombasa / Bergen
                   • Ciudad Sur / Rosario
11:00 – 11:20   TEA BREAK

11:20 – 11:50   Peer reviews as a modality for decentralized cooperation in the South
                   •    Adele Hosken (Cities Alliance)
                   •    Frente nacional de Prefeitos (Brazil) – Trilateral projects Brazil-France-Haiti-Africa

11:50 – 13:15   Facilitated Discussion on Mentorship
                        -    Short overview on different mentoring modalities
                        -    What real progress has been made?
                        -    What are the key challenges in our city relationships?
                        -    What are the success factors that we can build on?
                        -    What support will be needed?
                        -    What lessons have we learned?
                        -    Which are the cities that request assistance?

13:15 – 14:00   LUNCH

14:00 – 16:30   Establishing New Mentorships and Consolidating Existing Ones
                2 – 3 working groups, gathered by interest
                Facilitated by Durban, Metropolis FMDV, UCLG
15:30           CLOSURE