Two-thirds of the urban space that Africa will need by 2050 will be built in the next 30 years according to UN-Habitat. Based on the statistics, ‘Cities for people’ will be the subject of discussion during this year’s Africa Day event to be co-hosted by UN-Habitat in partnership with the European Investment Bank in Dakar, Senegal.
Africa Day 2020 will address the challenges of managing this rapid urbanization as a key driving force for the successful implementation of a growth agenda designed to deliver on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals.
African cities are some of the fastest-growing on the planet. According to the World Economic Forum, Africa’s current 1.1 billion people are forecast to double to by 2050 and 80 percent of the population growth will occur in cities, more so in slum areas.
McKinsey estimates that by 2025 there will be over 100 African cities with a population of more than one million people, double the number in Latin America.
The conference programme will present comprehensive policy development and offer insights on successful integrated planning of urban infrastructure and technologies. The event also seeks to stimulate cooperation among cities, countries, and the African sub-regions.
The annual conference is a platform for professionals based in Africa and Europe to discuss issues affecting the continent’s development.