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.

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 [...]

Benjamin R. Barber: “A Governance Alternative to Faltering Nation-States”

Citylab, December 5, 2016 Let’s count down the list: There’s Brexit, of course: Brazil, Belgium, Spain, Venezuela, and the Philippines all look increasingly dysfunctional. Reactionary populism and xenophobia have risen to power in Hungary, Poland, and, astonishingly, the United States, with similar threats in France, and most recently, Italy after the defeat of Renzi. Link