Solutions for Urban Sustainability in Africa: Localizing Urban-related SDGs in Ghana, Malawi, and South Africa

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  • DATE / TIME:
    2019•03•18    13:30 - 17:10

    UNU-IAS, in collaboration with JICA, the Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S) at the University of Tokyo, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), and the Sustainability Science Consortium (SSC), will co-organise an international symposium to introduce the outcomes of a new policy research project, Development Strategy for Urban Sustainability in Africa on the Basis of SDGs Interlinkage Analysis (USiA). With funding from JICA, the project was launched to propose innovative solutions for implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals 9 (Industry, Innovation, and Infrastructure) and 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) in sub-Saharan Africa.

    The objectives of the symposium are to share research findings, prioritized solutions, and key tradeoffs as well as to identify synergies with other SDGs, from the three target countries (Ghana, Malawi, and South Africa). As an early “side event” of TICAD VII, which will take place in Yokohama this August, this symposium will build a platform for all participants, including private-sector actors and youth, to exchange and share their experiences and ideas towards achieving the SDGs in Africa.

    ※The event will be held in ENGLISH only. No interpretation will be provided.


    Sanjo Conference Hall (#2 on linked map), Hongo Campus, The University of Tokyo


    13:00–13:30 Registration
    13:30–13:30 Opening Remarks

    14:00–15:15 USiA Project Reporting Session

    • Project Overview by Dr. Osamu Saito (UNU-IAS)
    • Urban-Rural Linkages in Ghana by Dr. Adelina Mensah (University of Ghana)
    • Water, Sanitation and Health in Malawi by Dr. Faidess Mwale (University of Malawi)
    • Urban Transportation in South Africa by Prof. Marianne Vanderschuren (University of Cape Town)

    15:15–15:30 Coffee Break

    15:30–16:00 Youth SDGs Engagement Session
    16:00–17:00 Panel Discussion
    Moderator: Dr. Saito
    Panelists: Dr. Mensah, Dr. Mwale, Prof. Vanderschuren, and Representatives from JICA, the private sector, and a youth team member

    17:00–17:10 Closing Remarks by Prof. Kazuhiko Takeuchi


    To register, please send an email to with your name, affiliation, and contact information (email address).