Up to 100 international mayors arrive in Bristol for Global Parliament of Mayors Annual Summit, (21-23 Oct): suspension bridge-balloon april 09 60

21 Oct 2018

Democracy and Engagement International

Up to 100 international mayors arrive in Bristol for Global Parliament of Mayors Annual Summit, (21-23 Oct)

Up to 100 mayors from around the world will arrive in Bristol, UK this weekend for the Global Parliament of Mayors Annual Summit which starts on Sunday (21-23 October).

Mayors from a range of countries across Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania and the USA have registered to attend the summit, where they will debate and agree actions to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges.

The summit will focus on three main topics: migration, urban security and public health, which will look specifically at preparing cities for pandemics. Fringe events will cover wider topics such as housing, transport, clean energy and innovation with technology.

Mayors attending include Mayor Steven K Benjamin from Carolina, USA, who is also Chair of the US Conference of Mayors, Patricia De Lille, Mayor of Cape Town and current chair of Global Parliament of Mayors will also be taking part in the debates.  The Hague (the Nethelands), Nice (France), Kingston (Jamaica), Ahmedabad (India), Hoima (Uganda), Freetown (Sierra Leone) and Kandahar (Afghanistan) are also sending their mayors.

During their stay some mayors will be visiting their national communities in Bristol including Delroy Williams from Kingston, Jamaica, and Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr from Freetown, Sierra Leone who will visit local Caribbean and African communities.

A range of key experts from international organisations such as the World Health Organisation, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, World Economic Forum, UN Habitat and UNICEF will be informing the debate between mayors throughout the summit.

As a result of the debates and Global Parliament of Mayor’s votes, the city leaders are expected to use their final declaration to:

  • call for greater emphasis to be placed on the positive benefits that migration can bring and to encourage greater commitment to the UN’s Global Compact for Migration
  • campaign for cities to be represented as part of the World Health Assembly’s (the decision-making body of the World Health Organisation) response to pandemics
  • foster more effective connections between cities to help reduce crime and terrorism worldwide.

Chair Patricia de Lille, Mayor of Cape Town, South Africa

“Ï am proud to see that mayors from all over the world are taking an increasing interest in the Global Parliament of Mayors. I firmly believe that mayors and their cities are the drivers of change. Strong mayors drive solutions in their cities in ways that are more progressive, faster and more targeted than those put forward at a national level – where mayors often come under fire for their innovative approaches. The Global Parliament of Mayors makes the united voice of mayors heard at the table where decisions on critical global issues such as migration, urban security and health are made. The more mayors join the Global Parliament of Mayors, the stronger our voice and the international impact will be.”

The event will also encourage investment into the city, promoting Bristol’s highly successful economy and helping foster trade links with city partners around the world.

As the host, Bristol will be showing itself as a home for progressive international and national debates potentially encouraging further significant events to the city. The event will also encourage investment into the city, promoting Bristol’s highly successful economy and helping foster trade links with city partners around the world.

Marvin Rees, Global Parliament of Mayors Treasurer and Mayor of Bristol, said:

“Cities are at the forefront of tackling issues which have a global impact such as migration, climate change and economic inequality. It is clear that our national governments do not have all the answers to the challenges we face. The world needs cities to work together alongside and supporting national governments to deliver genuine solutions for the people they serve.”

The summit is organized to gather mayors from all over the world to strengthen the voice of cities and elevate city leadership. The Global Parliament of Mayors has the ambitious target to grow a membership base of 1,000 cities by 2030, to become a recognised force in the 21st century.

More information about the conference can be found on the Global Parliament of Mayors website along with a copy of the programme and a list of the attendees.

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