World Mayors, who care about their cities and their people, will gather in Johannesburg, from 16-19 July 2013 to participate in the Metropolis Annual and Board of Directors Meeting.
The City of Johannesburg is the provincial capital of Gauteng, the wealthiest province in South Africa. It has the largest economy of any metropolitan region in Sub-Saharan Africa, and it is recognized for its innovative public policies. The City also has diverse cultures, languages and ethnic groups.
Who can participate?
- Metropolis member cities
- Non member cities
- Partners and companies
- Students eager to learn more about urban challenges
What is the purpose?
The event will provide a platform for networking and exchanging of ideas. It will also bring together government leaders, city managers, urban managers, experts, international NGOs, academics and other important stakeholders from around the world.
The theme, "Caring Cities", is based on the concept of Ubuntu, an African ethic or humanist philosophy focusing on people's allegiances and relations. Caring cities are cities that strive to offer a high quality of life, showing a sense of humanity and exchange, providing comfort and dignity for all citizens and deliver solutions that meet the needs of their citizens.
Key issues of "Caring Cities":
- foodsecurity and resilience
- financial sustainability
- urban innovation
- citizen participation
- resource resilience
- theinformal economy and housing
Registration and all the information related to the event are already available at the event’s website. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet cities seeking to work together to action a caring city agenda.
We also encourage you to follow and use the official event’s Hashtags on Twitter: #metropolisjoburg /#caringcities
We look forward to seeing you in Johannesburg in July 2013 to work together for the future of our cities!