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Global Parliament of Mayors discuss global challenges
The fourth annual Global Parliament of Mayors is currently underway at the Durban International Convention Centre. The theme for 2019 is “Empowering Cities for the 2020s, a decade of change: shaping multi-level governance on a global scale.’

The Global Parliament of Mayors builds on the experience, expertise and leadership of mayors in tackling local challenges resulting from global problems. It also brings local knowledge to the table and thus participates actively in global strategy debates and underscores the need for practical and action-oriented solutions.

Mayors are also set to vote for the Durban Declaration, outlining key priority areas, which will be published at the closure of the summit.

EThekwini Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda said that the summit is a key platform in which to find solutions. “We will be looking at a multi-dimensional approach to safe and secure cities, empowering cities in the face of vaccine preventable diseases, ideas for talent management for smart cities, global governance and digital democracy.”

Public Works and Infrastructure Minister, Patricia de Lille said that the tasks of Mayors and the role they play in cities must not be underestimated. “The future lies with those that implement practical change in the lives of people.”

“Mayors are at the coalface of service delivery but must also focus on spatial transformation, urbanisation and climate change.”

Discussions on the first day centred around the various spheres of government and how crucial a role local officials play. Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees said: “We must come forward to look at global governance with a new voice and new energy. We should not talk in abstract but get right down to the nuts and bolts.”

Attendees were provided with a chance to discuss the focus areas and a plethora of valuable information, ideas and opinions were shared. When speaking of migration, Mayors recommended fiscal support, assistance with spatial development plans, creating spaces to listen to the youth and becoming welcoming cities. They also focused on creating safer cities and health challenges.

Further details of the summit, including the programme is available on the website: https://globalparliamentofmayors.org/annual-summit-2019
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