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Former Joburg Mayor elected to UN body Print E-mail
24 April 2017

Johannesburg’s former Mayor, Councillor Parks Tau, has recently been appointed to the United Nations (UN) high-level independent panel to oversee the effectiveness of the UN-Habitat.

The UN-Habitat is a programme that promotes socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities.

Cllr Tau described his new role on the UN panel as an instrument to advance the interests of local government both on the local and international scale. “Having committed to advocate for the location of local government at the centre of a changing world, the panel presents an opportunity to lead this agenda – hence it is a welcome platform by the local government sphere,” Cllr Tau said.

“This specific agenda speaks to localising and financing the post-2015 Development Agenda, Developing a collaborative local coherence agenda on peace, safety and security, as well as leading a local narrative around migrancy, displacement and social cohesion.”

Cllr Tau’s appointment comes on the back of being elected President of the Association of Cities and Local United Governments (UCLG) during the closing ceremony of the World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders in Bogota, Colombia, on 15 October 2016. 

The UCLG represents 175 local and regional government associations in 140 UN member states, accounting for 240 000 towns, regions and metropolitan governments. It uses global platforms to promote and support local governance and ensures that its perspective is heard, as a sphere that is closest to citizens.

Cllr Tau is also chairman of the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), which is an association of 257 municipalities, which supports the transformation of local government to enable it to improve performance on its various mandates.

The Ministry for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs also congratulated  Cllr Tau for his appointment.

“Through his election, Tau will  drive the entire local government fraternity to achieve its key objectives, amongst which is the Paris Accord on Climate Change, the New Urban Agenda (Habitat III), together with the Addis Ababa Action Agenda and the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction.

“We wish him well as he begins his three-year term at the helm of this important a platform that will lead the implementation of major programmes across the world. As CoGTA, will continue to provide support to SALGA as active and leading participants of UCLG”, said Minister Des van Rooyen.

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