International high-level dialogue forum

Shaping a globalised world

Can cities save the world?
The impact of city networks and city-partnerships for peace and development

19. September 2023, 09:30-18:00 hrs

Conference languages German/English


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Over half of the world’s population already lives in urban areas, by 2050 this figure is expected to rise to 70 percent. On the one hand, cities are spaces fostering innovation and economic opportunities. On the other hand, growing marginalization and social inequality, e.g. regarding access to housing, education and healthcare, create a fertile environment for violence, rising crime and political extremism.

At this year’s Berlin Summer Dialogue, we will discuss with international experts to what extent bilateral twinning agreements and multilateral city networks contribute to crises prevention and sustainable development.

Publication on this topic

Global Governance Spotlight 3|2023
City-centred global governance in times of radical uncertainty
Achim Wennmann
September 2023: 4 pages

Cooperating partners

State of Berlin

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