On July 7 the GPM participated in UN High Level Political Forum Side-Event focused on Partnering through Culture, Heritage, and Art for Resilient and Inclusive Recovery. This session looked at how partnerships with the culture sector can accelerate sustainable development in the Decade of Action, while supporting the cultural life of our communities, and safeguarding our heritage for future generations.
On July 6 mayors from around the world came together with representatives of national governments and UN officials at an official side event of the United Nations High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (UN HLPF 2021) to discuss the pressing development challenges related to climate change and related migration in cities, as well as the interrelated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including SDG 10 (Reduced Inequalities) and 13 (Climate Action).
The event was a joint initiative of several organizations working together to address climate-related migration, including the British Council under the Climate Connection program, the C40 Cities-Mayors Migration Council Global Mayors Task Force on Climate and Migration (C40-MMC Task Force), the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM), the International Organization for Migration (IOM), and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR).
During the high-level event on 20 April, Mayors and city leaders addressed the cities’ preparedness regarding climate-related migration, the financial consequences of migration on sending and receiving cities, as well as the impact these movements have on cultural heritage and city leadership.
GPM Webinar Rethinking the city: How mayors respond to the needs of a post-COVID city. This 2-day webinar took place on 12 and 19 November and discussed four thematic themes, Public Health, Urban Sustainability, Culture & Education, Governance & Democracy. Moderated by Dr. Shipra Narang Suri from UN Habitat Urban Practices.
GPM Resolution on Violence Reduction
To align to the UN General Assembly’s focus on reducing urban violence and to deliver the Sustainable Development Goal 16 – “to reduce violence everywhere” – together with Pathfinders and the Peace in Our Cities Campaign, the GPM has partnered to reach out to mayors, cities, international organisations and city networks from all over the world to drive a global city-led violence reduction agenda.
Webinar the Right to Adequate Housing
The GPM and the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing organised the webinar to discuss the importance of housing adequacy to ensure protection against COVID-19 and focus on challenges faced by local and regional governments to ensure access to safe housing, housing affordability and to prevent and stop evictions of tenants and homeowners. Click here to find more information.