For the first time, the GPM Annual Summit will take place in connection with the World Urban Forum, in Katowice, Poland, and in partnership with the OECD. The GPM Summit will meet the question of a change in an unpredictable world head-on with the theme of “Transforming Together: How Cities Must Lead Democratic, Inclusive and Innovative Change.”
Our cities must find solutions for long developing challenges and rapidly emerging crises. We must offer hope, opportunity, and dignity to the millions who are migrating into our cities from within our countries and across borders. The theme of the World Urban Forum is “Transforming our cities for a Better Urban Future”. The GPM Summit will take on this idea but within the framework of democratic transformation, with a focus on developing and delivering effective and sustainable policy, at a local level, and with particular attention to the opportunities and challenges afforded by migration in its many forms.
The three GPM Summit mayoral debates will advance policy development, exchange, and implementation within this framework, by focusing on People, Policy, and Places.
Debate 1: Welcoming Migrants.This session addresses how cities can address the root causes of migration and how welcoming cities can accommodate the unique needs of different immigrant groups.
Debate 2: Democratic Processes. This session will focus on the evolution of democratic institutions and civil society to include new voices and continue to represent those of existing residents in a way that allows for transparent and accountable governance.
Debate 3: Social Infrastructure. This session will explore approaches to the built environment – with particular attention to housing and transportation – that allow cities to welcome new arrivals and provide sustainable housing and economic opportunity for all residents.