Africa: Cities From Across the Globe Prepare for Urban Development Summit in Dublin

Geneva — With one month to go before the 8th Forum of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty in Dublin, Ireland, a growing number of participants are preparing to share hundreds of best practices in sustainable urban management with other cities.

The World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP) is a network of more than 900 cities working together to confront development challenges collectively.

The Alliance supports its member-cities to mobilize individuals, governments, and all sectors of society to confront the many challenges of urban poverty and to share successes - and failures - with other cities.

Hundreds of best practices in reducing urban poverty will be presented at WACAP 8 taking place from 20-21 February.

Cities from across Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas will attend the Forum. For example, the City of Edmonton, Alberta will present how it eliminated the need for a garbage dump through aggressive composting and recycling programs.

UNICEF, UN-HABITAT and UN Women will bring city delegates from Port Moresby, Quito, Kigali, New Delhi and Cairo to showcase their "Safe Cities Free of Violence against Women and Girls" initiative.

WACAP is led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and a 10-member executive steering committee consisting of the cities of Florence (Italy), Malaga (Spain), Huy (Belgium), Monaco, Nantes (France), Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Dublin (Ireland), in addition to UNDP, UNITAR and UN Women.

UN WOMEN Executive Director Michelle Bachelet said that no city could be considered safe, smart or sustainable unless half of its population - women and girls--could enjoy public spaces without the fear of violence. "Working with municipal leaders, WACAP8 can help ensure that women, youth and children are safe to fully enjoy the many opportunities that cities offer".

This year's forum in Dublin will coincide with the country's hosting of the presidency of the European Union.

Past Forums have taken place in Lyon, France (1998); Geneva, Switzerland (2000); Huy, Belgium (2002); Rome, Italy (2004); Valencia, Spain (2006); Athens, Greece (2008) and Rotterdam, Netherlands (2010).

For more information on the summit and to register, visit the website at http://www.dublin2013.ie/. Reduced rates are being offered to students and delegates from developing countries.

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