Tag: Cities

How to Tackle COVID-19: Guidance for City Leaders

The scale of the global COVID-19 crisis is unprecedented, but so is the response from cities. The next few months will challenge us all as national governments, cities and local aid workers will be forced to find innovative solutions to unfamiliar problems. To help, we have put together some of the best advice and resources we’ve seen from city leadership, academia, think-tanks, global organisations and local civil society on how cities can face this threat.

Reducing Violence is Not Impossible, and Cities Are Proving This

Today, 83% of deadly violence occurs outside of conflict zones, with the majority of this violence concentrated in cities. Nation states have dominated the global political arena for centuries, but with more than half of the world’s population today residing in cities, it may be time to rethink who should be at the table when it comes to decisions on how we can reduce violence.

Look to cities, not nation-states, to solve our biggest challenges

Robert Muggah is a specialist in cities, security, migration and new technologies. In this article, originally published on the World Economic Forum website, he argues that cities are taking an increasingly vocal and visible role in stepping up to some of the biggest challenges our world faces today where nation states are floundering.

Living Together: How Can Cities Navigate Inclusion and Resilience in a Globalised World?

Deputy Head of Strong Cities Network, Daniel Hooton (centre), speaking at the second global summit of the International Observatory of Mayors on Living Together. Credit: Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf/Marc-André Hergenröder  ‘Inclusion’ and ‘resilience’ occupy an uneasy position in the rhetoric of today’s mayors and city leaders. There is a tacit consensus that both are integral principles for…
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What we learnt: ‘New Risks, Old Threat’: Right-Wing Extremism Conference

Right-wing extremist groups and ideologies are rising across the global north. Climbing hate crime statistics highlight the increased violence and harassment which minority communities are under, whilst recent terror attacks in New Zealand, the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom throw this threat into the fore. However, the question remains, how should local authorities…
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SCN Cities take part in U.S. Department of State’s City Pair Initiative

A U.S. delegation from Anaheim and San Diego visited the site of a 2004 terrorist attack in Cologne, which targeted the city’s Turkish community.  (State Department photo) SCN Members from Southern California pair with counterparts from North Rhine-Westphalia to explore ways to counter terrorist radicalization and recruitment through the U.S. Department of State’s City Pair…
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Lebanese SCN delegation on a study trip to the UK

Above: the Lebanese focal points with Prevent officers in Leicester On 24 and 25 June, the Strong Cities Network (SCN) organised a study trip for its municipal focal points from Lebanon with the support of the Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Our focal points from the cities of Saida, Tripoli and Majdal Anjar travelled to…
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Article: Why the World’s Mayors Are Stepping Up On Global Issues

Above: Mayors at the launch of Strong Cities Network with Sasha Havlicek at the United Nations in New York 2015 While nation states have dominated the international stage for centuries, cities are now becoming increasingly important entities. For the first time in history, more people are living in cities today than in rural areas with…
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SCN Building Stronger Cities Conference in Birmingham

Earlier this month, Strong Cities Network partnered with Birmingham City Council to organise a two-day conference facilitating national and international knowledge-sharing on building strong cities with a specific focus on community cohesion, preventing and countering violent crime, and radicalisation. The challenges faced by local policymakers in preventing and countering violent extremism, whilst also seeking to…
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SCN Partners with the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM)

Authors: Jonathan Birdwell and Rebecca Skellett This week, the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM) met in Bristol for its third Annual Summit. It was abundantly clear that the global yet local challenges which cities around the world face, from the Ebola crisis to urban displacement and terrorism, makes Mayoral leadership more important today than ever. But…
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