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Transatlantic Dialogue Initiative: Elevating the Role of French Cities in Preventing Hate, Violent Extremism and Polarisation, Strengthening Social Cohesion and Safeguarding Local Democracy

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Description: Held under the Strong Cities Transatlantic Dialogue Initiative, this workshop convened deputy mayors and other city officials, as well as representatives of national governments, civil society and city-focused initiatives from Europe and North America to discuss the role of French cities in preventing and responding to hate, extremism and polarisation.

Where & When: 14-15 May 2024, Strasbourg (France)

Cities Represented:

Partners Represented:

For Mayors & Cities

For National Governments

Next Steps

The dialogue introduced multiple French cities, such as Cernay, Dijon, Mittelhausbergen and Montpellier, as well as other European cities, such as Kalamaria and Kordelio-Evosmos in Greece and Murcia in Spain, to the Strong Cities Network, with several expressing interest to stay involved and participate in future city-city learning opportunities.

Further, key findings from this workshop will inform upcoming transatlantic dialogues such as Columbus (Ohio), US in September 2024, as well as the Strong Cities’ Fifth Global Summit in Cape Town (South Africa) in December 2024.

Practices that were shared at the workshop and captured in this event report will also be integrated into the Strong Cities’ Resource Hub, a living library of guides and toolkits on mayoral leadership and city-led action to prevent and respond to hate, extremism and polarisation. In addition, to build on the Resource Hub’s growing City Spotlights Library, city officials from the workshop will be partnered with to create spotlights capturing their own inspiring and innovative prevention efforts.

Finally, in line with Strong Cities’ commitment to respond to the needs of cities as shared directly by cities, findings from the workshop will be used to drive forward a) the upcoming Women’s Leadership Caucus, placing the spotlight on women leadership, and b) two new resources: one on digital literacy and digital resilience-building and the other on how cities can prevent and respond to hate speech.