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Why the actions of cities — not nations — will be the key to our survival on earth

The Hague, January 16, 2018 - While some world leaders resist global cooperation, city leaders are working across borders to tackle big issues like global warming, immigration and terrorism, says urban expert and GPM Advisory Committee Member Robert Muggah. Amid the relentlessly grim news on climate change, there is a glimmer of hope — and [...]

Cities Are Stepping up on Climate Action as Nation States Fall to the Wayside

Chicago, December 7, 2017 - Climate change threatens the very basis of human survival everywhere - from nation states to cities. Yet in spite of the devastating impacts and economic costs of global warming, sea level rise and contamination of air, water, and soil, national authorities are reluctantly mitigating and adapting to these threats. This is because national politicians [...]

‘From Fragile to Resilient Cities’

Barcelona, November 28, 2017 -  Key note speech by Robert Muggah (GPM Advisory Committee/co-founder Igarapé Institute, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil): 'From Fragile to Resilient Cities'. The planet is facing monumental threats including climate change, inequality, migration, pandemics and terrorism. Yet, at precisely the moment collective action is most urgently needed, international and national institutions are stumbling. [...]

Global Parliament of Mayors calls for moratorium on death penalty in cities

The Hague, November 27, 2017 - The death penalty is an unusually cruel and inhumane form of punishment. It constitutes a violation of the right to life and the right to live free of torture. The death penalty is often used politically, applied with an unequal hand in various judicial systems and demonstrably fails to deter crime. The Global [...]

Time for Cities to Step Up to the Challenge of Climate Change

Dubai, November 12, 2017 - The world's cities generate more than 75% of global carbon emissions – it's time for them to play a more prominent role in fighting climate change. Shanghai, Dhaka, Karachi, Hong Kong and Miami are "literally going under water," said Robert Muggah, Research Director of the Igarapé Institute, Brazil, addressing the [...]

Technology will aid cities fight climate change

Dubai, November 12, 2017 - Climate change is a reality that can't be ignored today, and cities will play an increasingly important role in fighting its adverse effects in the coming years, experts at the 2017 World Economic Forum in Dubai said on Sunday."If we get our cities right, we might achieve our 2030 goals; [...]