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Critical issues on the program of the GPM Annual Convening 2017

Empowering Cities, Resilient Cities, Safe Cities and Inclusive Cities are the critical issues on the program of the GPM Annual Convening 2017. Empowering Cities: The GPM advocates for the right of cities to self-governance and to act on critical issues impacting humankind. Cities do not need to ask for permission from their national counterparts to [...]

It´s time for cities to lead

Bristol, July 5 - If the test of successful political leadership could be distilled to a single issue, the fight to safeguard our climate would be a strong candidate. With President Trump withdrawing the US from the Paris Climate Change Agreement (COP21), he abdicates a claim to serious leadership. Instead, he has vastly diminished the power and prestige [...]

NEW MEMBER: Business Region Aarhus (Denmark)

Aarhus, June, 2017 - 12 Mayors representing Business Region Aarhus in Denmark have joined the Global Parliament of Mayors. The signing ceremony took place at the People's Political Festival (Folkemoedet); an annual political event which runs over four days in June. This year, the festival gathered around 100,000 people, individuals as well as interest groups, [...]

GPM committed to meeting targets COP21

Mannheim, June 3, 2017 - The recent decision of U.S. President Trump to withdraw from the Paris Agreement (COP21) underlines the imperative for cities around the world to assume the lead on climate change. The Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM) joins literally thousands of cities, countries, businesses and civil society organizations committed to meeting and [...]

‘Safe havens: why cities are crucial to the global refugee crisis’

NY - June 6,  2017 - The world is facing unprecedented levels of population displacement. At least 65 million people are on the move, including 21.3 million refugees and 31 million internally displaced persons since the beginning of 2016. That means that one in every 100 people globally is displaced from their home. The last time humanity came even [...]

Sanctuary Cities are Critical to Managing the Global Refugee Crisis

Chicago, June 3, 2017 - The world is facing unprecedented and catastrophic levels of population displacement. At least 65 million people are on the move, including 21 million refugees and 41 million internally displaced persons. That means that 1 in every 100 people globally is displaced from their home. There is not just one global [...]

NEW MEMBER: Mayor Kasim Reed, Atlanta, USA

Atlanta, May 2017 – Atlanta’s Mayor Kasim Rees: “We are proud to join the Global Parliament of Mayors, an international network for sharing best practices, resources, and our cumulative talent. Around the world, cities are ascendant. Most of the world’s population and GDP are concentrated in cities, and this will only get stronger. This is [...]

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Guardian article about Dr. Barber’s last book on Climate Change

‘How to fix climate change: put cities, not countries, in charge: It can’t be left to dysfunctional nation states to tackle – but as Oslo and Seoul have shown, metropolitan centres can rise to the challenge of global warming.   Climate change is the most urgent challenge facing humankind. Other issues make headlines: terrorism kills; inequality [...]