In times of crisis, peer-learning, knowledge exchange and community building become crucial for many cities to manage the pandemic at home. Notably, many cities are increasingly institutionalizing their engagement with local stakeholders as the basis for more inclusive decision-making that leaves no one behind. What role have city networks played here in catalyzing such actions? Why should local governments seek greater recognition in global and regional Governance frameworks? During this session, we will discuss the role that city networks and collaboration have on the world stage, and we will explore how they can interfere and help to cope with global trends such as the pandemic, urban-rural migrating trends, gender disparity and climate change.
The Global Voice of Cities
Pablo Soto, regional representative of Transparency and Participation in Madrid: “Technology should be used to enhance institutions”
The G20 creates the Global Smart Cities Alliance to establish universal norms and guidelines for the implementation of technology
Paul Duan, co-founder and President of Bayes Impact: “We should trust in the power of the multitude”
Pontus Westerberg, UN-Habitat: "People need to be allowed to offer their own solutions to the problems in the places in which they live"