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Dr Benjamin Barber – August 2 1939 – April 24 2017

New York, April 25 - Dr Barber, Founder of the Global Parliament of Mayors died on Monday, April 24th after a four-month battle with cancer. In his last weeks, he wrote: “ Thank you, dear friends, for your leadership in the Global Parliament of Mayors which I believe stands ready to become a governance organization of [...]

New Member: Mayor Roshaan Wolusmal, Kandahar, Afghanistan

Kandahar, April 2017 - Kandahar’s Mayor Roshaan Wolusmal: "For the first time in human history, most of us live in cities. Researchers'  predictions indicate that urbanization speed will further increase in almost all parts of the world. As cities grow, perhaps our most serious concern should be how they expand and how we can fulfill the basic requirements of our citizens. [...]

New Member: Mayor Joan Ribó Canut, Valencia, Spain

Valencia, March 2017 - Valencia’s Mayor Joan Ribó Canut recently joined the Global Parliament of Mayors. Joan Ribó Canut  has been the mayor of València since June, 2015. Mayor Ribó Canut is enthusiastic to join the GPM and aims at contributing to the organization with his experience and expertise.


2017/March: Mayor van Aartsen steps down as Mayor of The Hague and as Chair of the Steering Committee. Mayor de Lille is the new Chair, Mayor Kurz the new Vice Chair.

New Member: Mayor Garcetti, Los Angeles, USA

Los Angeles, February 2017 - Mayor Eric Garcetti: “We are living at a time when the world has never been more connected, and when the leading challenges on the planet — economic development, safety and security, climate change, mobility — are equally local and global in scale.  That’s why I’m honored to join the Global Parliament [...]

Empowering Cities Under The New US Administration

New York, February 2 - The NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate Urban Lab’s formal kick-off event, “Empowering Cities Under the New Administration,” was held on February 2, 2017 and featured Benjamin Barber, founder and president of the Global Parliament of Mayors, Richard Florida, Jonathan Haidt, Thomas Cooley (NYU Stern School of Business). The panelists [...]

Inaugural meeting of Global Parliament of Mayors in The Hague, The Netherlands

The Hague / New York, September 1st 2016 On September 9, 10-11 2016, mayors representing cities from all over the world will convene in The Hague and celebrate the founding of the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM). This new platform will enable cities to further their cooperation in addressing global challenges. For this inaugural meeting, mayors, experts, (UN-)organizations [...]