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Fourth Global Summit — Transatlantic Dialogue Initiative Working Lunch

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On 19 — 21 September 2023, Strong Cities Network held its Fourth Global Summit in New York City, which brought together over 240 participants, including city leaders and practitioners representing more than 115 cities from 50 countries globally. The Summit featured 11 events and provided city officials from diverse contexts with the opportunity to share and learn from promising practices for city-led prevention of hate, extremism and polarisation. Read the event report here.

The programme included a 20 September working lunch to reflect on Strong Cities Network’s Transatlantic Dialogue Initiative. The Initiative was launched in October 2021 in Brussels (Belgium)  to strengthen transatlantic cooperation between mayors, local governments and practitioners in preventing hate, extremism and polarisation, and safeguarding local democracy. The Initiative, which has benefited from support from the US Department of State, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office and the cities of Denver, London and Oslo, among others, recognises that threats of hate and extremism are increasingly transnational, with extremist groups and hate-based narratives in North America inspiring European hate movements and vice versa. It therefore brings North American and European city officials together to discuss key challenges and practices for mitigating these threats from escalating further.


Event Report