GCRO at Metropolis Annual Meeting: 26-29 August 2018
- Date of publication: 30 August 2018
GCRO was proud to participate in the Metropolis Annual Meeting that took place in Gauteng from 26-29 August 2018. Metropolis is a global network of major cities and metropolitan areas from around the world. It helps cities to connect, share experiences and mobilise on a wide range of local and global issues. The theme of this Annual Meeting was 'Inclusive metropolitan cities and city-regions', and the event drew hundreds of delegates to consider key questions related to urban marginalisation, exclusion, inequality and injustice.
The programme is available for download here.
The GCRO contributed to the event in a number of ways, including advising on the structure of the programme and possible session facilitators and speakers. For the event itself, GCRO put together a major exhibition on the issues of inclusive city-building in the Gauteng City-Region. The exhibition, which was open to the public for the four days of the event, included:
- Panels of data and information on the topics of: population, diversity, economy, governance, settlements and transport (click on each topic name to download panel content)
- An overview of how GCRO uses data with a specific focus on the Quality of Life survey
- A new explainer video on the Gauteng City-Region and the GCRO
- Interactive components including GCRO's Gauteng as a village of 100 people, and a participatory mapping of neighbourhood trust.
In addition to the exhibition, GCRO staff were involved in the following sessions:
- Sunday, 26 August, 10:00-13:30: Dr Rob Moore introduced the GCRO to delegates at the inaugural meeting of the Forum of African Metropolises
- Monday, 27 August, 13:00-15:00: Gillian Maree presented in Parallel Session 3 on Environmental Justice
- Monday, 27 August, 13:00-15:00: Dr Rob Moore facilitated Parallel Session 6 on Adaptive Approaches to Governance.
During the conference proceedings, GCRO engaged with other urban observatories and institutes to discuss opportunities for collaborative research and partnerships, including meetings with:
- Metropolis Secretary General Octavi de la Varga, and his colleagues Silvia Llorente Sanchez and Eugeni Villalbi, to discuss connections with the Metropolis Observatory and Metropolis Women
- Prof. Paul James, Director of the Western Sydney University based Institute for Culture and Society, to consider GCRO involvement in a Metropolis Cities Collaboratory on sustainable urban development.
The Metropolis Annual Meeting was hosted by Gauteng Premier David Makhura who was elected co-president of Metropolis in 2017. More information about Metropolis and the Annual Meeting is available on the Metropolis event website.