Mr. Parks Tau is the President of the global network, the United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA), respectively. He is the second elected Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg in Gauteng between 2011 and 2016. Mr Tau is also the Chairperson of the African National Congress (ANC) Greater Johannesburg Region and a seasoned local government practitioner with over 20 years’ experience in the sector. Having completed his studies in Public Management at Regenesys Business School, he further holds a University of London Master’s Degree in Public Policy and Management. His contribution in the local government sphere has seen him elected onto various leadership roles in prominent local and international bodies. He was appointed the coChairperson of the United Nations High Level Independent Panel, established to oversee to the effectiveness of the UN-Habitat programme. Mr Tau’s other leadership roles include being the Chairperson of the South African Cities Network and the deputy Chairperson of the United Nations Special Advisory Committee on Safer Cities. He is also a member of the C40 Climate Change Network Steering Committee, and the former co-President of Metropolis - a network of metropolitans established to build resilient and sustainable cities amidst the pressures of urbanization and climate change.
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