9 November, 2021 – On 31 October, World Cities Day, the Diplomatic Courier published a short article on the GPM, the Annual Summit 2021 in Palermo, and the position papers produced for the event. Throughout the article, the DC has highlighted the key points from each thematic brief and debate from the Palermo Summit.

City networks and platforms such as the Global Parliament of Mayors both power and reflect an important development in global governance: the emergence and maturation of cities and urban areas as actors, voices, and problem solvers on the global stage. During the Summit, participating mayors debated critical policy points, shared experiences and lessons, and identified key policy actions around five themes: Cities, Urban Areas, and Climate Migration; Global Governance; Urban Pandemic Response; Rethinking Urban Economies After COVID-19; and Culture. The policy briefing for the debates, which can be found in full here, were provided by international organizations, leading scholars, and practitioners alike.

The Diplomatic Courier’s global network spans 180 countries and five continents and is a respective medium on foreign policy topics. We are very proud that the DC included the GPM Summit and the topics of the debates on their website.