“The Age of the dominion of Nation States, four centuries long, is now over” “Their national borders & insular Sovereignty no longer accommodate the borderless interdependence of the 21st century”
Welcome to -; The Rise of Cities and a “Global Parliament of Mayors”
“Building on a foundation of intercity cooperation aimed at addressing the increasing dysfunction of nation-states in dealing with global crises, Benjamin Barber proposes a governance revolution: the founding of a new global legislative body comprising the world’s cities”
“Little wonder, then, given this irresistible rise of cities to political preeminence, that a governance revolution is underway. This revolution is the consequence of two trends: the first, a devolution revolution in which, as Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne explained last spring, England will “deliver radical devolution to its great cities,” giving them “levers to grow their own local economies.” PLUS -; The second trend, grounded in the results of the first, is the manifest capacity of cities to work together across borders in addressing such common global issues as climate change, refugees and crime. As Mayor Bill di Blasio of New York City has said, “when national governments fail to act on crucial issues like climate, cities have to do so.” Climate and sea rise have been particular concerns of cities, 90 percent of which are built on water: rivers, lakes, oceans and seas. Although the COP 21 meetings in Paris finally achieved a modest general agreement, it appears that real implementation will depend on cities where 80 percent of greenhouse emissions are generated and the political will is present to act”
See = http://www.globalparliamentofmayors.org/#!The-Rise-of-Cities-and-a-Global-Parliament-of-Mayors/mhqg1/575edb470cf2d021c3fba4e8
“The Global Parliament of Mayors and the #Abolition of the #Electorate”
“The overall objective of the internationalists is the undermining of the independent, self governing, Westphalian Nation State and its system of governance, replaced by a new order”
“Total control of the levers of power in our cities and regions has been one of the key targets of the internationalists and their collaborators. We provided evidence of this indisputable fact in our in depthCommon Purpose Effect series of articles within which we identified and revealed covert networks undermining democracy within our Core Cites and other Local Governance structures.
In 1974 Richard N. Gardner, writing in Foreign Affairs, a journal published by the Council on Foreign Relations, wrote
the ‘house of world order’ will have to be built from the bottom up rather than from the top down. It will look like a great ‘booming, buzzing confusion,’ to use William James’ famous description of reality, but an end run around national sovereignty, eroding it piece by piece, will accomplish much more than the old-fashioned frontal assault.
Gardner served as Special Advisor to the United Nations at the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, as he did in 1972 at the UN Conference on the Human Environment. Gardner is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
In recent years there has been a great ‘booming, buzzing confusion’ around the question of elected mayors in our Cities and Regions”
See = http://www.globalparliamentofmayors.org/#!The-Global-Parliament-of-Mayors-and-the-Abolition-of-the-Electorate/mhqg1/575ee0fc0cf26813fb92bc88
“Forging a global role for mayors”
“Speaking at the Global Infrastructure Initiative in late 2015, Atlanta’s mayor, Kasim Reed, suggested that -;
“Cities are going to move faster and lead because the #Federal structure is just #not built to accommodate the rate of change that’s going to be required globally.”
“Local leadership can lead to global solutions
Because many significant urban challenges are global, the problems related to crime, pollution, natural-resource shortages, and economic turmoil move fluidly across borders. Consider migration: the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that nearly 60 million people have been displaced from their homes and about a third are officially categorized as refugees. While national governments struggle to decide whether, whom, and how many people to accept, it is cities that must cope with the day-to-day realities of accommodating those who arrive, often in desperate straits and without legal status.
It is important to recognize that migrants can bring positive contributions. A recent report from Standard & Poor’s Financial Services, for example, found that Turkey’s economy has benefited from the influx of 2.7 million Syrians; the new arrivals, the report said, have provided a “positive shock.” As McKinsey’s Jonathan Woetzel told the Global Infrastructure Initiative and also noted in a recent article, two-thirds of urban economic growth is determined by population flow. Migrants who become integrated into the urban community can provide significant benefits”
“Dozens of global networks of cities have been established to tackle specific issues such as climate change (ICLEI’s C40 Cities), security (European Forum for Urban Security, Mayors for Peace, Strong Cities Network), and resilience (100 Resilient Cities). These groups are all relatively new, which is not surprising; the interest in collective, cross-border action by cities is recent. Their common premise is that because cities are focused on delivering services rapidly and effectively, they are often able to test and refine possible approaches faster than national governments.
The action and impact of these networks is beginning to materialize. C40 has reported that member cities have taken more than 10,000 concrete actions to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions”
See = http://www.globalparliamentofmayors.org/#!The-power-of-collective-action-Forging-a-global-role-for-mayors/mhqg1/577d4c080cf2e63d265f10a9
“Redefining urban citizenship when migrants and refugees are the norm”
Global Parliament of Mayors, which will convene in September”
“Cities are the pragmatic problem solvers — they can better solve the [immigration] tasks of the future as compared to countries”
Participating cities will be invited to cooperate on such critical issues as climate change, refugees, pandemic disease, inequality and urban security, problems that other institutions have not always been able to address”
See = http://www.globalparliamentofmayors.org/#!Citiscope-Redefining-urban-citizenship-when-migrants-and-refugees-are-the-norm/mhqg1/573f7d0d0cf2a9c30e5d7c0f