The 6th Summit Africities that took place in Dakar, Senegal from 4 to 8 December 2012 marked a turning point in the history of Africities. It brought together over 5,000 participants among which 2,500 African local elected officials. Africities is the space of recognition of the growing legitimacy of African local governments. This recognition was expressed by the presence and effective participation of three former Heads of States, among the most eminent personalities of the continent: President Pedro Pirés of Cape Verde, President Thabo Mbeki of South Africa and President Nicéphore Soglo of Benin. This recognition is also manifested through the renewed interest of African and international institutions and the active participation of the civil society organisations, economic stakeholders, technician experts, academics and the media.
The 7th Summit of ACP Heads of State and Government took place in Malabo – Sipopo, Equatorial Guinea on 13-14 December 2012. The Summit was preceded by preliminary ministerial meetings from the 10th to 12th December. Participants at the 7th Summit reaffirmed their solidarity as the collective voice of the 79-member intergovernmental body, representing a population of 930 million people.