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The Global Parliament of Mayors
is a new political and civic institution by, for, and of cities: mayors
convening to identify and pursue in common the public goods of urban citizens
around the world through a new global governance platform deploying collective
urban political power that manifests the right of cities to govern themselves,
and their responsibility to do so by contributing viable cross-border solutions
to global challenges that are also municipal challenges. In an era of
interdependence, where nation states have become dysfunctional and cities are
everywhere rising, it is time to take the visionary leap from effective local
governance to true global governance.
In our interdependent 21st century world, nation states and international organizations are finding it ever more difficult to respond to the global challenges facing humanity, from climate change and immigration, to terrorism and pandemic disease, from spreading inequality and global markets to new technology and religious conflict. At the same time, cities are demonstrating a remarkable capacity to govern themselves democratically and efficiently, both locally and, in networks, globally. We believe it is not only their responsibility, but their right to do so, and it is for this reason that we are convening the Global Parliament of Mayors – a new beacon for global governance on climate change and other critical issues in what is becoming a year of extraordinary promise and a season of hope for humankind.
The concept for a Global Parliament of Mayors is the work of internationally acclaimed political theorist and author, Dr. Benjamin Barber and is the result of many years’ research, distilled in his most recent book, If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities, published in 2013 by Yale University Press.