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Making Cities Globally Connected

Whilst cities grow rapidly, the world continues to get smaller. Continuing globalisation, innovative technologies and the digitisation of communication are creating new regional and global dynamics. Globally connected cities help generate new opportunities for business, society and the individual, but simultaneously expose urban systems to external global vulnerabilities.

Members take on Making Cities Globally Connected

We asked our members about the agenda ‘Making Cities Globally Connection’. Check out their experiences below, explore best practise and join the dialogue.

 

Christer Larsson Director of City Planning, Malmo City.

"We are all globally connected through the climate, materials and the internet. More and more however we are globally connected through our ideas… we need to find methods that can best use urban citizens as a resource… really taking care of all the knowledge and all the resources that the people represent… that is something that is really important for our cities."

 

Case examples

1. C40 Climate Leadership Group

Climate change is a global threat that demands cooperation across cities and national borders. The C40 is a global initiative that is acting to take joint action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, develop climate resilient policies and initiate climate risk research. Established in 2005 by London Mayor Ken Livingston the network currently includes 75 cities and is to date responsible for 8000 projects.

 

The C40 framework acts a platform for city authorities, empowering them to share, innovate and build actions to mitigate climate risks. Under specific challenge networks, including bus rapid transport, climate positive development, climate risk assessment, delta cities, cool cities, district energy, low emission vehicles, building efficiency, transit orientated development and waste to resource; cities are best able to gain peer to peer advice, best practice knowledge and recognition for their actions.

 

With such an integrated network approach, member cities, as practitioners, are working to address present climate issues regardless of national targets and mandates.

>> Explore C40 and the network

>> Dig into the C40 thematic groups and explore similar case stories

>> Advancing Climate Ambition: Cities as partners in Global Climate Action

>> Global Aggregation of City Climate Commitments

 

2. 100 Resilient Cities, New York

100 Resilient Cities is a pioneering global network that supports the adoption and implementation of climate resilient solutions. Its aim is to better prepare cities for the shocks and stresses of future climate change through the initiation of a resilience roadmap for each member city. Such a road map includes financial and logistical guidance to spur an innovative new approach in city government. This includes a dedicated Chief Resilience Officer to lead the city’s resilience efforts. A resilience strategy is formed with access to best case solutions, service providers, public and private partners and NGO’s who can help support initiatives. In addition participants are able call on the global network of cities for inspiration and support in solving comparable climate resilience issues.

 

Currently 67 cities make up the 100RC network, tackling issues from earthquakes, fire and flood shocks to high unemployment, inefficient public transport systems, violent crime, and food and water shortage stresses.

 

>> What is City Resilience?

>> Activities on the 100RC Blog

 

3. Nordic City Network, Nordic Region

Many cities around the world have lost their founding industries. With globalization processes and the rise of Asia and China as the dominant manufacturing regions, many cities have moved towards the knowledge economy. The transition towards intellectual hubs of ideas and innovation has changed the way cities interrelate.  Sharing knowledge and regional expertise is now more important than ever. The Nordic City Network has been established to aid such information exchange helping the region’s cities to shape, organize and govern as knowledge economies.

 

The NCN brings member cities together to challenge the future vision of the Nordic model of development and to better understand the core values that Nordic cities possess. One part of the NCN’s work includes forming a better understanding of what the regionalization of Nordic cities means for its citizens. This includes the focus and understanding of cities not only as generic service structures but as arenas for citizen’s different and increasingly heterogeneous lifestyles and mobility patterns. With a better shared understanding of regional issues member cities can more effectively collaborate to solve and build opportunities to develop their cities and increase further collaboration with their neighbours.

 

>> Nordic Cities Network

>> NCN Publication Nordic Cities in Transition

 

IFHP best Globally Connected reads

Books

>> Bruce Katz and Jennifer Bradley (2014) The Metropolitan Revolution: How Cities and Metros Are Fixing Our Broken Politics and Fragile Economy

>> Benjamin R. Barber (2014) If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities

>> Richard Florida (2009) Who's Your City? How the Creative Economy Is Making Where to Live the Most Important Decision of Your Life

 

Downloads

>> C40 Cities Advancing Climate Ambition: Cities as Partners in Global Climate Action

>> C40 Cities Global Aggregation of City Climate Commitments