Global Parliament of Mayors to meet in The Hague
A new, experimental urban consortium will convene in September with the goal of tackling some of the greatest challenges facing the world’s cities. The Global Parliament of Mayors will hold its inaugural meeting September 10-12 in the Hague, Netherlands, the announcement says.
The goal is to encourage sharing of ideas across borders. Climate change, disease, refugees, inequality and safety are among the subjects to be addressed, according to the sponsors. The parliament is the latest example of mayors and cities taking the lead on problem solving where national governments have largely failed.
Speaking at a February 16 press briefing, political theorist Benjamin Barber explained that he first introduced the idea of this new global governance platform in his 2013 book If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities. The media event, held at Fordham University in New York, included the participation of the newly formed Fordham Urban Consortium.
A previous attempt to convene a Parliament of Mayors was scheduled for October of 2015 but was canceled.