Mxolisi Kaunda appointed as Durban’s new mayor


Mxolisi Kaunda was sworn in as mayor of eThekwini Municipality (Durban, South Africa) on Thursday 5th September. From 9-11 November Mxolisi Kaunda will be the host of the annual GPM Summit organized by the eThekwini City Council. The incumbent Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda, Deputy Mayor Belinda Scott and Speaker Weziwe Thusi were elected and took [...]

Mxolisi Kaunda appointed as Durban’s new mayor2019-09-06T11:40:10+01:00

An Odyssey in the Mediterranean


For 19 days, from the port of Lampedusa a ship was  visible, one that had been there, immobile for too long. The ship operated by the Spanish NGO Open Arms saved 161 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea and had been waiting for what must have felt like eternity for the migrants on board for [...]

An Odyssey in the Mediterranean2019-08-22T10:19:24+01:00

Visit the GPM Summit 2019 Webpage


 GPM ANNUAL SUMMIT 2019 .The GPM Annual Summit 2019 will bring global city leaders and additionally networks and international experts together to discuss city leadership and key global challenges at a local level. GPM mayors and non-member mayors are invited to the event. Registration 2019 [...]

Visit the GPM Summit 2019 Webpage2019-08-13T12:44:43+01:00

‘When is enough, enough?’ Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley


“To be awakened in the middle of our night to a mass shooting and the 250th shooting in our country this year happened in Dayton. What really goes through my mind is one seems completely preventable, and I question ‘When is enough, enough?'” Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley during the press conference on the mass shooting [...]

‘When is enough, enough?’ Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley2019-08-05T08:10:22+01:00

GPM Mayors advocate on Migration in NYC

2019-07-30T10:53:35+01:00 A special Cities Edition with GPM Mayors Marvin Rees (Bristol) and Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr (Freetown) together with Mayor Giuseppe Sala (Milan) came together in New York City to discuss the interdependency of cities on migration, climate change and democratic legitimacy as part of the Mayors Migration Council. Mayor Aki-Sawyerr advocates for a [...]

GPM Mayors advocate on Migration in NYC2019-07-30T10:53:35+01:00

GPM welcomes new members


Bern, Switzerland Alec von Graffenried Banjul, Gambia Rohey Malick Lowe Gagra, Pakistan Syed Salar Jehan Itahari, Nepal  Dwariklal Chaudhary The GPM is honoured to welcome 4 new members, from 4 different continents, to the global parliament of mayors. The GPM strives for regional representation [...]

GPM welcomes new members2019-07-30T10:36:03+01:00

Condolences Mayor Osman and Solidarity with Mogadishu


It is with great sadness that we heard of the death of Mayor Abdirahman Omar Osman after a targetted attack on the Mayor's office in Mogadishu. The attack killed 8 government officials. As Mayor Osman had been fighting for his life on Thursday 1 August 2019, Osman had died in Qatar, where he had been [...]

Condolences Mayor Osman and Solidarity with Mogadishu2019-08-05T08:45:54+01:00

European Cities take a stand, A carte blanche for holiday rental platforms is not the solution.


GPM Mayor of Amsterdam Femke Halsema, along with the Mayors of nine other major European cities have signed an open letter in which they express concern over  “More nuisances, feelings of insecurity and a ‘touristification’ of their neighbourhoods” (Press Release 2019) in connection with AIRBNB rentals. Among the cities that signed the letter is Barcelona, [...]

European Cities take a stand, A carte blanche for holiday rental platforms is not the solution.2019-06-21T13:14:46+01:00

Night of the Refugee


According to UNHCR latest data we are now witnessing the highest levels of displacement on record. An unprecedented 70.8 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 25.9 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. In addition stateless people have been denied a nationality and access to basic rights [...]

Night of the Refugee2019-06-20T09:27:20+01:00

Patricia de Lille appointed Minister Public Works and Infrastructure


The GPM is proud to congratulate its Honorary Member and former Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille with the appointed position as Minister of Public Works and Infrastructure in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Cabinet. "I have fought for justice in our country for more than 40 years and have no plans to give up fighting. [...]

Patricia de Lille appointed Minister Public Works and Infrastructure2019-06-12T08:58:40+01:00