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Fourth Global Summit — Inaugural Meeting of the International Steering Committee (ISC)

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On 19 — 21 September 2023, the Strong Cities Network held its Fourth Global Summit in New York City, bringing together more than 240 participants, including mayors and governors, city officials and practitioners from more than 115 cities and 50 countries around the world. The Summit agenda included 11 events, providing participants with opportunities to share and learn from city-led innovations and approaches to prevent and respond to rising hate, extremism and polarisation. Read the meeting report here.

The Summit agenda included the inaugural in-person meeting of the revitalised Strong Cities International Steering Committee, a geographically diverse membership of mayors and senior representatives from more than 20 Strong Cities members. During the meeting, ISC members were briefed on the Network’s growth and sustainability, as well as the recent rebranding process and investments in new technology and a new multilingual website. The ISC also endorsed the Strong Cities Network Strategy (2023 – 2025), and three new initiatives, including a Women’s Leadership Caucus, a Friends of the Network mechanism, and an ISC thematic focus on how rising hate, extremism and polarisation is manifesting in increased attacks on elected officials, with a particular focus on women local leaders.


Meeting Report