As part of the Summit for Democracy, and in partnership with the governments of the United States, Germany, The Netherlands, the German Marshall Fund, and the Woodrow Wilson Center, the GPM has organized the side event “Mayors Delivering Democracy Daily.” The event held on December 6th, 2021, consisted of a conversation about democratic innovation with mayors from and around the world.
The discussion topics ranged from strengthening democracy against authoritarianism to combating corruption as well as diversity, inclusion, and human rights. Speakers included GPM Chair Mayor Peter Kurz of Mannheim as well as GPM Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb of Rotterdam, alongside mayors from around the world. The sessions were moderated by Jonathan Capehart, Editorial Board & Opinion Writer for the Washington Post, and MSNBC anchor and host of “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart”. GPM Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr of Freetown was invited to the topic of democracy in cities and the role of mayors during Covid-19 on the Summit's main program for national governments.
“Mayors Delivering Democracy Daily” was a city-focused side-event of the Summit for Democracy, organized by the Biden administration. The Summit for Democracy brought together leaders from government, civil society, and the private sector to set forth an affirmative agenda for democratic renewal and to tackle the greatest threats faced by democracies today through collective action. Leaders were encouraged to announce specific actions and commitments to meaningful internal reforms and international initiatives that advance the Summit’s goals.
In 2023, the Biden administration will host a second Summit for Democracy. Ahead of this event, the GPM, German Marshal Fund, and the Pact of Free Cities have developed a Global Declaration of Mayors for Democracy, which unites cities in their commitment to shared democratic values.