Media Statements

The UCLG Congress and the World Summit of Local and Regional Leaders Officially Opening

The triennial, 6th UCLG Congress will officially be opened tonight, 13 November 2019 at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban.

Members of the Media are invited to attend the official opening ceremony which will take place as follows:

– Date: Wednesday, 13 November 2019
– Time: 18:00
– Venue: Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre, Durban, Plenary Room

During the official opening ceremony, the UCLG leadership lead by Mr Parks Tau will provide an update and a report on the work done by the UCLG leadership which was elected in 2016. In addition, a number of government and non-government representatives will also speak on the work within the sector, important collaborations and partnerships that emphasises commitment to ensure a better future for all through concrete action at regional, national and international levels.

The Minister of CoGTA who is currently the acting as President of the Republic of South Africa, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma will deliver a keynote address during the official opening ceremony.

Other speakers as per the programme are as follows:

– Premier of KwaZulu-Natal Hon Sihle Zikalala
– Deputy Minister of CoGTA who is also the President of United Cities and Local Governments, Mr Parks Tau
– Chairperson of the ACCORD Board of Trustees Mrs Graca Machel
– Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations Mr Frabrizio Hochschild Drummond
– Mayor of Ethekwini Municipality, Cllr Mxolisi Kaunda
– President of SALGA Cllr Thembi Nkadimeng
– Secretary General of the United Cities and Local Governments Ms Emila Saiz
– Mayor of Libreville and President of UCLG Africa Cllr Léandre Nzué,

Online registration is now closed however, media can still register onsite at the Durban Exhibition Centre, Hall 1, Entrance C, Wallnut Road before 17h00 to be able to cover the official opening of congress and other sessions and events. 

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For more information and media queries: 

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Melody Mathata
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