14 March 2024 – In a landmark move towards catalyzing urban innovation and addressing pressing challenges, the Global Parliament of Mayors and Bilbao Metropoli 30 have come together in a pioneering Memorandum of Understanding. Signed on March 14 at the Urban Revolution Aurrera in Bilbao, this MOU marks a significant milestone in fostering a shared vision and principles for strategic urban thinking worldwide.

At the heart of this collaboration lies a profound recognition of the evolving landscape of cities and metropolises. Both entities recognize the urgent need for disruptive and innovative approaches to tackle the myriad challenges confronting urban centers today. From climate change to social equity, from economic resilience to technological advancement, cities stand at the forefront of these complex issues.

The MOU serves as a rallying cry for cities and metropolises across the globe to unite in a dynamic community committed to addressing urban challenges head-on. It builds upon the foundational work laid out by various organizations, networks, and experts worldwide, including the GPM, which has been a leading voice in advocating for urban governance and cooperation.

Despite the widespread acknowledgment of the challenges we face and the pivotal role cities play in addressing them, there remains a glaring gap between rhetoric and action. The MOU acknowledges this reality and underscores the imperative for greater intensity and speed in effecting the necessary changes.

Through this strategic partnership, the GPM and Bilbao Metropoli 30 seek to galvanize momentum for transformative urban action. By leveraging the collective expertise, resources, and networks of both entities, they aim to foster an international movement dedicated to innovative urban solutions.

Key to the success of this endeavor is a commitment to inclusivity and collaboration. The MOU invites cities, mayors, policymakers, academics, and citizens from diverse backgrounds to join forces in shaping the future of urbanization. By harnessing the collective wisdom and creativity of this global community, we can unlock new pathways towards sustainable, resilient, and equitable cities.

As we embark on this journey towards urban transformation, the GPM and Bilbao Metropoli 30 invite cities worldwide to embrace the spirit of innovation and collaboration. Together, we can defy the status quo, challenge conventional thinking, and pioneer bold new solutions to build the cities of tomorrow.