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Implementation Update: The New York City Mayoral Declaration against Hate, Extremism and Polarisation

Last updated:
14/05/2024
Publication Date:
10/05/2024
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The Strong Cities Network, a global network of 230+ cities, held its Fourth Global Summit in New York City in September 2023. Convened during the opening of the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, the Fourth Global Summit offered mayors and other city officials from more than 115 cities from more than 50 countries around the world the rare opportunity to convene on a global scale and showcase the many contributions they are making, and can make, to address hate, extremism and polarisation, and mitigate the impact that these challenges are having on social cohesion in their communities.

During the Global Summit’s Mayoral Meeting, the New York City Mayoral Declaration against Hate, Extremism and Polarisation was signed on behalf of the endorsing local leaders . The Declaration enumerates practical steps these leaders committed to take in their cities to address rising hate, extremism and polarisation, while promoting human rights. So far, 113 local leaders have endorsed the New York City Mayoral Declaration, which remains open for endorsement. See below.

Now – as part of Strong Cities’ continued commitment to highlighting city-led good practices and catalysing city-led efforts in prevention and response – we are sharing examples of steps taken by a geographically diverse group of endorsing local leaders to implement the Declaration’s commitments.

City leaders at the Mayoral Meeting of the Fourth Global Summit, Gracie Mansion, New York City

Commitment 1

Speaking out regularly and consistently against all forms of discrimination, disinformation, intolerance, hate, violence and extremism, and sending a clear and consistent public message of being an inclusive and welcoming city, recognising that public safety and well-being begin with inclusion at the local level, and that inclusivity and civility are the foundation for effective prevention and response.

Addu City (Maldives)

Mayor Ali Nazar holds regular town hall meetings to promote open debate between the residents and the City. He uses these meetings to promote social cohesion and speak out regularly against any incidents of discrimination and intolerance affecting the community at the time.

Highland Park (Illinois, USA)

After a mass shooting on 4 July 2022, Mayor Nancy Rotering engaged with survivors, their families and the broader community to reassure them that the City of Highland Park – and she, as Mayor – are committed to their rehabilitation and to making them feel safe again. She re-emphasised the City’s Statement Against Hate, reminding residents that, despite this incident of violence, the City of Highland Park is welcome to all its residents.

Masaka (Uganda)

During townhall and other community meetings, Mayor Florence Namayanja regularly speaks out against instances of discrimination and intolerance in her City. This includes denouncing hate speech, which typically intensifies around elections due to political polarisation, and often leads to violent clashes.

Portsmouth (UK)

As part of the Portsmouth’s strategic communications around its Vision for 2024, Lord Mayor Tom Coles uses his public addresses to underscore the City’s commitment to inclusivity and anti-discrimination, highlighting initiatives designed to combat all forms of discrimination, extremism and violence.

Strasbourg (France)

The Israel-Gaza crisis has sparked protests in the Strasbourg in recent months, dividing communities and threatening social cohesion. In response, the City adopted a number of motions related to the conflict. One called for peace and protection of the civilian population on all sides to remind all residents that the Strasbourg stands firmly against all acts of hate, extremism, racism, discrimination and violence.


Commitment 2

Strengthening local democratic institutions, including by facilitating the active participation of all residents, including women, young people, isolated or marginalised communities, and new arrivals, to foster social cohesion, inclusive governance and resilience.

Dhamrai (Bangladesh)

Dhamrai established a Youth Forum to facilitate participation of young people in city-level decision and policy making. Additionally, the City Council organises quarterly town hall meetings to allow all residents, including women, youth and immigrants, to raise any concerns or priorities, and the Council reports back during the next town hall meeting on action taken in response.

Elbasan (Albania)

In 2020, Elbasan updated the composition of its Local Safety Councils (LSC) to include representatives of community-based organisations that work directly with young people. This led to the establishment of a local Youth Council comprised of youth from the Municipality’s 12 administrative units, as well as civil society organisations. This body informs the work of the LSC and, more broadly, provides input into municipal policy-making.

Katowice (Poland)

Under Mayor Marcin Krupa’s leadership, Katowice has taken steps to support the integration of refugees into the City, designed, in part, to reduce tensions between new arrivals and long-time residents. These include: 1) establishing welcome centres throughout the city where refugees can immediately seek medical and other assistance upon arrival; 2) mobilising more than 200 volunteers to help distribute aid to refugees; 3) organising Polish language classes and cultural exchanges; and 4) making available psychological support, professional advice and therapy to ensure refugees have access to as comprehensive a support package as possible upon their arrival in Katowice.

Koboko (Uganda)

As part of his commitment to making Koboko ‘’a place for everyone’’, and in the face of rising levels of anti-refugee and anti-migrant sentiment, Mayor Sanya Wilson established the South Sudanese Refugee Association, which is mandated to collate and relay the needs of refugees arriving from South Sudan to ensure the local government provides them with the appropriate support. This active engagement with the Koboko’s refugee population, driven by the Mayor, has resulted in the development of a trauma centre to support their psychosocial recovery, and training to better position them for success in the local job market.

Rabat (Morocco)

In the context of its participation in UN Women’s Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces programme, Rabat has partnered with local organisations to address gender inequality and increase the safety of public spaces for women. For example, the City has collaborated with Jossour Forum des Femmes Marocaines and other local organisations, as well as with local architects and community-based volunteers, in a multi-actor effort to build a more gender-inclusive Rabat. As part of this project, Rabat and the Jossour Forum led capacity-building workshops on gender responsive urban planning.


Commitment 3

Investing in and building authentic, trusted relationships with and between civil society and the communities we serve as part of a long-term community cohesion and resilience framework, so that these established connections can be drawn on as part of a whole-of-city response when/if hate or extremism emerges or polarisation rises, or in support of ongoing efforts to address discriminatory historical or structural legacies or injustices.

Cape Town (South Africa)

Cape Town runs a Safer and Healthier Places of Worship programme through which it works to improve relationships among faith communities and between them and the local government. The programme focuses on all such groups in the city to avoid one feeling singled-out. It also provides a forum for them to share their concerns and what they perceive as gaps in their ability to address them, as well as a regular channel of communication between the City and faith groups. As part of the programme, the City organised a three-day workshop that included security actors and focused on training on emergency scenario planning, including for first responders. Overall, the programme has helped to build trust and improve the relationships between the local government and different faith groups, as well as equip the latter with the knowledge and information needed to proactively participate in prevention and response.

Columbus, (Ohio, USA)

Columbus’ response to protests related to the Israel-Gaza crisis has been guided by the Columbus Way, a statement of principles that seeks to demonstrate that the Columbus community (with its more than 120 nationalities) is welcoming to all. In line with that vision, and in response to the protests, the City engaged the Columbus Police Department Dialogue Unit – established to help build social cohesion between different community groups, both in times of tension and otherwise – to do just that. The dialogue group met with the affected communities, which was seen by the City as a means of effective engagement to ensure continued social cohesion.

Edmonton (Alberta, Canada)

Edmonton sees community engagement as a pivotal component of its anti-racism strategy, which includes a pillar dedicated to supporting the operational and other capacities of community-based anti-racism organisations. The City additionally relies on a participatory budget development process, where communities (including youth) are invited to share where and on what issues they feel the City needs to invest its resources.

The Hague (Netherlands)

The Municipality maintains close relationships with community-based organisations, actively engaging them in conversations about recent developments in the City and regularly visiting community-based points of contact to discuss emerging issues and concerns. This includes a concerted effort by the Municipality to engage faith leaders. The Municipality sustains these networks through regular interaction, often spearheaded by Mayor Van Zanen, which helps make residents feel heard and connected with their local government. By investing in strong community engagement mechanisms, the Municipality ensures that community representatives know where to go when a problem arises and, vice versa, with the local government knowing who to contact when a crisis occurs, ensuring it can respond swiftly and effectively. These relationships have proven crucial in the context of the Israel-Gaza crisis, a conduit through which residents can report fear and insecurity. To mitigate inter-communal tensions, particularly between its Jewish and Muslim communities, The Hague has been able to tap into its existing community-based networks to facilitate conversations with and between residents, acknowledging their fears and concerns and fostering dialogue.

Hani I Elezit (Kosovo)

The Municipality has developed strong partnerships with civil society groups and grassroots organisations that have allowed the Municipality to leverage their capacities, experience and networks for effective and sustainable local solutions. For example, the Municipality has partnered with religious community leaders to counter extremist narratives and promote tolerance by emphasising the importance of peace and tolerance and celebrating diversity. Equally important, the Municipality has been able to leverage the expertise and capacity of non-governmental organisations to contribute to efforts to rehabilitate and reintegrate returning foreign terrorist fighters and their family members through community awareness campaigns, provision of psychosocial and other support services.

Mumbai (India)

Mumbai has benefited from long-term engagement with local and traditional leaders. The city police, in cooperation with local leaders and communities, established Mohalla committees following the communal riots in the city in the early 1990s to maintain peace and harmony. Since local leaders of all religious and ethnic backgrounds are involved in these local bodies, they have the credibility to resolve local disputes and address threats that can harm Mumbai’s social cohesion.

Nansana Division (Uganda)

Mayor Joseph Matovu, in partnership with the UN Refugee Agency, supported the creation of a sports tournament with the explicit purpose of bringing refugee communities together with long-term residents to promote social cohesion and build trusted relationships with the refugee communities. This was part of a wider city-led effort to deliver community-based interventions to help integrate refugees. This has contributed to reducing recent community tensions between refugees and long-term residents, with the Mayor able to use his relationships with refugee and community leaders to get their support in calming the situation.

London (UK)

The Mayor of London’s Shared Endeavour Fund is a prevention funding scheme run by the Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) Programme at the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC). Launched in 2020, following city-wide consultations, the Shared Endeavour Fund has delivered multiple rounds of grants for initiatives designed to build Londoners’ resilience to radicalisation and extremist recruitment, and address intolerance, hate, extremism and terrorism in the capital. The Shared Endeavour Fund offers grants to civil society organisations for projects contributing to one or more of the following priority themes: 1) raise awareness – increase Londoners’ awareness of the existence and impact of, as well as counter-narratives to, intolerance, hate, extremism and/or terrorism; 2) build psychosocial resilience – strengthen factors that promote resilience to radicalisation and extremist recruitment among vulnerable individuals and groups; 3) promote prosocial behaviours – empower Londoners to safely and effectively challenge intolerant, hateful and extremist attitudes and behaviours; and 4) strengthen prevention capabilities – support frontline practitioners in education, social services, civil society and communities to prevent and counter intolerance, hate, extremism and radicalisation in local schools and communities.


Commitment 4

Promoting transparency and pursuing open dialogue between city authorities, civil society and communities, to understand peoples’ lived realities and aspirations, including by creating safe spaces for difficult conversations (including about racism, injustice and hatred) among cross-sections of the local population.

Delhi (India)

The Municipal Corporation of Delhi has supported the establishment of Residential Wellness Associations (RWA) at the ward level to enhance social harmony, tolerance and peace. Composed of local leaders from each community, RWA members meet regularly to discuss key social issues and grievances that should be addressed by their local government. Additionally, RWAs respond to events that have the potential to incite hate and tensions between communities in their locality. Elected councillors and other relevant stakeholders join the RWAs on an as needed basis. The initiative has already had a positive impact on the relationships between the local government and different communities around the city.

Narayanganj (Bangladesh)

The Mayor and City Councillors hold regular meetings within specific wards of the city that are open to the public and provide residents with direct access to the Mayor and other city leaders. City leaders are respond to field concerns and challenges that are raised and then refer them to responsible departments within the local government. This includes relevant standing committees (e.g., for women and child development, youth and sports, health and welfare, and education). This dedicated effort within specific wards helps the City reach historically marginalised communities. Additionally, these meetings allow the City to respond to events that have the potential to incite hate and tensions between communities in their locality.

New York City (USA)

Breaking Bread, Building Bonds (B4) is a city-wide initiative of New York City Mayor Eric Adams, led by his Office for the Prevention of Hate Crimes (OPHC) and the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (CAU). B4 seeks to address hate and discrimination through empowering “everyday New Yorkers to host dinners and break down silos between communities”. Community members can apply to host a dinner through the B4 website. If successful, they are provided with funds, training and coaching to enable them to convene, at minimum, 10 – 12 diverse New Yorkers and lead constructive conversations that build understanding of and appreciation for cultural, religious, ethnic and other differences. In its first year, B4 surpassed its initial goal of convening 1,000 dinners, attended by more than 10,000 New Yorkers of various perspectives, ages, faiths and identities. These conversations spanned the City’s five boroughs through partnerships with organisations such as the New York City Department of Education, Koenig Childhood Cancer Foundation, Queens Night Market and more.

Zomba (Malawi)

Zomba has numerous hyper-local committees responsible for swift and effective problem-solving and crisis management within different communities. This includes a grievance management committee that works with residents to address financial and other concerns. The Municipality is now training them to support hate and extremism prevention at the local level by disseminating peaceful messaging and providing the Municipality with an early-warning function, leveraging their daily interactions with residents to monitor social cohesion and proactively address rising tensions.


Commitment 5

Investing in and supporting data- and evidence-based policies and analysis thereof, which allows our cities to better understand threats to social cohesion in our communities and builds capacity to collaborate around multi-stakeholder frameworks that are effective in addressing local grievances and remain responsive to a continuously changing and increasingly interconnected and dynamic threat environment.

Amman (Jordan)

Under the leadership of Mayor Youssef Al-Shawarbeh, the Greater Amman Municipality has invested in more transparent and regular communication with its residents. This includes Amman is Listening, a platform which provides residents with interactive maps of the city that can help them report where there are gaps in public service delivery, safety concerns and more. The aim is to turn the platform into a one-stop repository of all the Municipality’s open data to ensure transparency with residents and to demonstrate that the Municipality is dedicated to evidence-driven and community-informed urban development.

Dortmund (Germany)

Dortmund has established partnerships with big companies that already collect various types of data that might provide insight into causes of hate and polarisation. Through collaborations with, among others, the SINUS Institute, the City has obtained more than 200 data points about its societal composition and segmentation. These insights have enabled the local government to invest in targeted social activities that bring together different groups with a view to reducing polarisation across the City.

Kumanovo (North Macedonia)

With support from the Strong Cities Network, Kumanovo conducted a Community Resilience Study, a representative survey of the population to better understand local dynamics of resilience. The findings from this study informed activities of the local Community Action Team, established under the Kumanovo Local Action Plan for Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism. This data is also serves as a baseline of community resilience against which the impact of preventative measures in the municipality can be evaluated.

Newark (New Jersey, USA)

With support from the Rutgers University-Newark Public Safety Collaborative, Newark moved from a law enforcement-centric approach to public safety to one that engages community stakeholders as co-producers of public safety. The process started with a roundtable with police, community organisations, the private sector and other stakeholders, which democratised decision-making and promoted public safety burden-sharing. It also laid the foundation for the sharing of data and information, ensuring that community members, city officials and other relevant stakeholders were making collaborative and informed decisions. For example, they worked together to identify violence hotspots and instead of simply increasing policing, community stakeholders engaged utility companies to install street lighting for enhanced safety. This approach, which prioritised co-production of public safety, has resulted in the lowest homicide level in Newark in 60 years.


Commitment 6

Promoting strong relationships and increased cooperation between local and national governments to ensure that the voices of cities and their communities are reflected in national frameworks and translated into local action and reflect the knowledge and experience captured by their partners.

Berlin (Germany)

Alongside a number of other cities, Berlin worked with the Federal Ministry of the Interior and Community (BMI) to pilot new community-based approaches for preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) as part of the Model Municipalities for Deradicalisation (MoDeRad) project. Throughout the project, the BMI allocated funding and met with the Municipality regularly, with support from an advisory council of experts, to understand challenges and opportunities facing municipal-led P/CVE. Through this pilot project, the BMI sought not to duplicate the work already being done at state level but to add meaningful aspects at local level, and identified opportunities to do so.

Nebbi (Uganda)

Mayor Ngriker Geoffrey is closely coordinating and working with the Regional District Commissioner (the President’s district representative) to ensure safety and security, and on local efforts to implement the National P/CVE Strategy. They hold quarterly meetings where they share information and discuss border and other security issues in the district, including local impacts of influxes of refugees from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and undocumented movements of people across the relatively porous border.

Prishtina (Kosovo)

Prishtina collaborates closely with the national-level Ministry of Internal Affairs on P/CVE and the reintegration and rehabilitation (R&R) of radicalised individuals. On the latter, the City also collaborates with the Ministries of Social Affairs and Education, and the newly established Division for Prevention and Reintegration, housed within the Ministry of Internal Affairs, to ensure a whole-of-society approach to R&R. Initially, local authorities have mostly provided support with administrative procedures, for example, by facilitating issuance of personal identification documentation and school registration. More recently there has been a recognition of the importance of involving the local government in the R&R process.

Singra (Bangaldesh)

Singra established a Rapid Action Battalion and Counter Terrorism and Transnational Crime Unit, which work with national law enforcement to mitigate terrorist threats locally. These local bodies seek to identify and address potential cases of radicalisation to violence, as well as coordinate on the protection of soft targets and other infrastructure in Singra.

Wajir County (Kenya)

With encouragement and support from the national government, Wajir County has established a County Engagement Forum (CEF) to coordinate the delivery and evaluation of the P/CVE County Action Plan. CEF is co-chaired by the County Commissioner, who is appointed by the national government, and the elected County Governor, and brings together a variety of local actors, including representatives from county government, civil society, the private sector, religious leaders, traditional elders, youth groups, women’s groups, and officials from the National Counter Terrorism Center. CEF also works closely with other county stakeholders to better understand the needs, priorities and capabilities of the relevant local communities. CEF is critical to facilitating the localised and inclusive implementation of the national P/CVE framework.

The Declaration remains open for endorsement

The New York City Mayoral Declaration on Addressing Hate, Extremism and Polarisation has been endorsed by 113 leaders and remains open for endorsement!

The Declaration enumerates a series of practical steps that these mayors commit to take at home to address these threats while promoting human rights. Consistent with the Strong Cities mission, the declaration includes a commitment to continue to share with and learn from each other in addressing these challenges.

Mayors, Governors and other local leaders who wish to add their name to the list of those who have endorsed the New York City Mayoral Declaration can do so here:

The Declaration has been endorsed by:

Mayor Elizabeth Sackey, Accra, Ghana
Mayor Ali Nizar, Addu, Maldives

Mayor Timcho Mucunski, Aerodrom, North Macedonia

Mayor Hamzeh Alzghoul, Ajloun, Jordan

Mayor Yousef Alshawarbeh, Amman, Jordan

Mayor Maxmillian Matle Iranqhe, Arusha, Tanzania

Mayor Mike Coffman, Aurora, Colorado, United States

Mayor Sharon Broome, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, United States

Mayor Melanie Kebler, Bend, Oregon, United States

Mayor Christian Hochgrebe, Berlin, Germany

Mayor Reto Nause, Bern, Switzerland

Mayor Erich Fehr, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland

Mayor Ljubisa Petrovic, Bijeljina, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mayor Wild Ndipo, Blantyre City, Malawi

Mayor Marta V Naszalyi, Budapest I, Hungary

Mayor Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Mayor Helen Neale-May, Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, South Africa

Mayor Farah Dirie Warsame, Cadaado, Somalia

Mayor Jean-Pierre (JP) Smith, Cape Town, South Africa

Mayor Andis Salla, Cërrik, Albania

Mayor Tim Kelly, Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

Mayor Henriette Reker, Cologne, Germany

Mayor Andrew J. Ginther, Columbus, Ohio, United States

Mayor Gueye Daouda, Dakar, Senegal

Mayor Pape konare Diaite, Dakar, Senegal

Mayor Aleksandar Grgurovic, Danilovgrad, Montenegro

Chairman Durgesh Pathak, Delhi, India

Mayor Shelley Oberoi, Municipal Corporation of Delhi, India

Mayor Kabir Golam, Dhamrai, Bangladesh

Mayor Said Daoud Mohamed, Djibouti City, Djibouti

Mayor Thomas Westphal, Dortmund, Germany

Mayor Daithí de Róiste, Dublin, Ireland

Mayor Mxolisi Kaunda, Durban, South Africa

Governor Emil Emil Elestianto Dardak, East Java, Indonesia

Mayor Amarjeet Sohi, Edmonton, Canada

Mayor Gledian Llatja, Elbasan, Albania

Mayor Thomas Kufen, Essen, Germany

Mayor Javier Ayala Ortega, Fuenlabrada, Spain

Mayor Austin Abraham, Gaborone, Botswana

Mayor Landing B Sanneh, Mansakonko, The Gambia

Mayor Arben Taravari, Gostivar, North Macedonia

Mayor Andy Burnham, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

Mayor Jan van Zanen, The Hague, The Netherlands

Mayor Mehmet Ballazhi, Hani i Elezit, Kosovo

Mayor Nandakumar Allagamuthu, Hatton, Sri Lanka

Mayor Nancy Rotering, Highland Park, Illinois, United States

Governor Gladys Wanga, Homabay, Kenya

Mayor Damir Šabanović, Jablanica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mayor Mohamud Barise, Jowhar, Somalia

Mayor Mohamed Amir Mohamed Nazeer, Kalutara, Sri Lanka

Mayor Kadri Rahimaj, Kamenica, Kosovo

Mayor Murtaza Wahab, Karachi, Pakistan

Mayor Marcin Krupa, Katowice, Poland

Mayor Fatmir Dehari, Kicevo, North Macedonia

Mayor Dontario Hardy, Kinston, North Carolina, United States

Mayor Berry Vrbanovic, Kitchener, Canada

Mayor Wilson Kirk Fixer Sanya, Koboko Municipality, Uganda

Mayor Maksim Dimitrievski, Kumanovo, North Macedonia

Mayor Anwar Ali Luhur, Larkano, Pakistan

Mayor Sadiq Khan, London, United Kingdom

Mayor Said Yassin, Majdal Anjar, Lebanon

Mayor Hanie Bud, Maluso, Philippines

Mayor Himayat Ullah Mayaar, Mardan, Pakistan

Mayor Florence Namayanja, Masaka City, Uganda

Mayor Alexander Vandersmissen, Mechelen, Belgium

Mayor Valentina Angel, Medellín, Colombia

Mayor Yusuf Jimale, Mogadishu, Somalia

Mayor Valérie Plante, Montreal, Canada

Mayor Mazeena Bucker, Moratuwa, Colombo District, Sri Lanka

Mayor Shqiprim Arifi, Municipality of Presevo, Serbia

Mayor Joseph Matovu, Nansana Division, Uganda

Mayor Regina Bakitte, Nansana, Uganda

Mayor Salina Hayat Ivy, Narayanganj, Bangladesh

Mayor Geoffrey Ngiriker, Nebbi, Uganda

Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark, New Jersey, United States

Mayor Ghayur Ali khan, Nowshera, Pakistan

Mayor Beata Klimek, Ostrów Wielkopolski, Poland

Mayor Oscar Escobar, Palmira, Colombia

Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Paris, France

Mayor Gazmend Muhaxheri, Peja, Kosovo

Mayor Zubair Ali, Peshawar, Pakistan

Mayor Muhammad Haroon, Peshawar, Pakistan

Mayor Olivera Injac, Podgorica, Montenegro

Mayor Suzy Horton, Portsmouth, United Kingdom

Mayor Përparim Rama, Prishtina, Kosovo

Mayor Shaqir Totaj, Prizren, Kosovo

Mayor Asmaa Rhlalou, Rabat, Morocco

Mayor Hazem Badeh, Saida, Lebanon

Mayor Benjamina Karic, Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Mayor Mohammed Zobaier, Satkania, Chattogram District, Bangladesh

Mayor Melissa Blaustein, Sausalito, California, United States

Mayor Haji MD Abdul Gani, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh

Mayor Bruce Harrell, Seattle, Washington, United States

Mayor Shri Surinder Chauhan, Shimla, India

Mayor MD Zannatul Ferdous, Singra, Bangladesh

Mayor Visar Ganiu, Skopje, Cair, North Macedonia

Mayor Danela Arsovska, Skopje, North Macedonia

Mayor Caroline Simmons, Stamford, Connecticut, United States

Mayor Karin Wanngård, Stockholm, Sweden

Mayor Jeanne Barseghian, Strasbourg, France

Mayor Saud Ali, Thinadhoo City, Maldives

Mayor Erion Veliaj, Tirana, Albania

Mayor Fozia Khalid Chaudhary, Toba Tek Singh, Pakistan

Governor Philomenah Bineah Kapkory, Trans Nzoia County, Kenya

Mayor Yalini Narenthiranath, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Mayor Sharon Dijksma, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Mayor Marianne Alto, Victoria, British Columbia

Mayor Habs Bonte, Vilvoorde, Belgium

Mayor Sokol Haliti, Vitia, Kosovo

Governor Ahmed Abdullahi, Wajir, Kenya

Mayor Uwe Schneidewind, Wuppertal, Germany

Mayor Thomas Zenker, Zittau, Germany

Mayor Davie Maunde, Zomba, Malawi