Africa & U.S Cities Conference

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15-17 February, 2023


ANEW Hotel Parktonian, at 120 De Kort St, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa

Africa and U.S Cities – Creating New


The conference, organized by the African Centre for the Study of the United States (ACSUS) in partnership with Sister Cities International, builds on activities where cities play a vital role: economic development, health care, equity and social justice, education, climate change and sustainable development, and other areas. 

These issues have brought together a wide variety of participants and organizations involved in municipal, regional, and national government activities within a given country as well as within Africa’s sub-regions and the entire African continent. 

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Sustainable Development Goals

The UrbanSDG Sustainable Development Goal 11, also known as the UrbanSDG, aims to “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”. It is a truly transformational element of the 2030 Agenda, being the only goal that is location-specific at a manageable scale. Cities can provide the much needed interlinkages and integrated approaches across sectors and goals, given that a city represents a microcosm of all the other SDGs.


Cities are critical in creating healthy communities and resilient societies. This refers to how they are planned spatially and socially, managed in terms of transport, pollution and safety, and identified as a social determinant of health. A person’s health is complex, but cities play a part in developing healthy social, environmental, economic and political ecosystems

Arts & Culture

Cities are formed by their art and cultural heritages. In addition, artists and cultural workers reflect the city back to itself, and new ways of being can be imagined. A city’s lifeblood is its artistic and cultural identities. “Artistic and cultural inventories, community visioning processes, arts and culture programming, master plans, and public financial investment in urban design and placemaking are important elements of an overall strategy that planners can use to explore community context, embrace and nurture community diversity and uniqueness, and build upon and celebrate community character.

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Cities as International Actors

Cities as International Actors

By Hluma Luvo Ralane The African Centre for the Study of the United States is hosting the Africa-U.S. Cities Conference from February 15, 2023 to February 17, 2023 in Johannesburg, with the Sister Cities International, a U.S.-based non-profit organization as a key...