The Annual Summit 2021 was hosted by Mayor Leoluca Orlando and brought together mayors, city networks, and international experts to discuss city leadership and key global challenges at the local level and to highlight the role of cities as a prerequisite to success in addressing global issues, new forms of city leadership, and multilateral governance.
The GPM was honoured by the following keynote speakers, Nobel laureate Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, former president of Liberia and first woman elected head of state of an African country, Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme UN-Habitat, Grace Mary Mugasa, Minister of State for Public Service in Uganda, and Dr. Graham Alabaster, Head of UN-Habitat Office, Geneva, former UN-Habitat liaison with WHO.
The GPM was delighted to welcome over 75 mayors to join the hybrid Summit programme and over 40 speakers including representatives from WHO, OECD, British Council, International Organization for Migration, Chicago Forum on Global Affairs, Atlantic Council (Adrienne Arsht–Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center), Georgetown University, Harvard University, and VU University Brussels.
Please refer to the written report of the Summit for more information on the speakers and the debates.
Watch below a video impression of the GPM Palermo Summit 2021.