Mayors and representatives of Maghreb and Sahel’s cities have gathered in Tunis on October 14th and 15th at an international conference on the theme of “Cities, putting young people to work for a better life together in harmony”. The major decision of this conference is to share the implementation of partnership tools between the different local actors.The conference has been organized by the Municipality of Tunis in collaboration with the National Federation of Tunisian Cities (FNVT), the Tunis Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIT) and the International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF) with the support of the European Commission.
The participants, developed within the two days a plan which includes all elements to facilitate the network at different levels. The Tunis Declaration will be the basis for decision maker especially for the development on a local levelAll relevant actors of this international conference agreed to work for more transparency to enable a better life together and to focus on the youth to ensure the overall development and solidarity for the respective cities.
In the Tunis Declaration document, presented by the Mayor of the City of Tunis, Ms. Souad Ben Abderrahim, the Mayors and the representatives of the cities of the Maghreb and Sahel agreed on calling Heads of State and Government to take into consideration the commitment of Mayors to live together in harmony and to provide the necessary support especially for:• Building strategies to establish peace in the territories• Creating legislatives and regulatory initiatives particularly for decentralization processes• The development of a training framework adapted to the needs of local actors to boost the social, economic and financial policies of the territories.At the closing speech Ms Souad Ben Abderrahim, underlined that the recommendations of the Tunis Declaration are inspired by the cultural, historical and geographical links which bring together Mayors and representatives of the cities of the Maghreb and the Sahel, to face the economic, social and environmental challenges in the respective regions.Mr. Taieb Baccouche, Secretary General of the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), started his closing remarks by congratulating the organizers of this conference, describing it as « the most successful » conference which has been organized to approache these topics. He pointed to the importance of the dynamic between representatives of municipalities, public institutions, the private sector and civil society. He said, the conference has given the way for an exchange of many successful experiences which encourages every actor to move forward in this area.The Tunisian Minister of Local Affairs and Environment Mr. Mokhtar Hammami highlighted the importance of the citizen’s role as a partner in the management of public affairs and community life. The minister also noted the need to support programs for young people in each city to ensure their inclusion in local life for more living together in harmony.