Cities in Global and Regional Governance: From Multilateralism to Multistakeholderism?

Within the framework of the Great Powers and Urbanization Project (GPUP), CIDOB’s Global Cities Programme is bringing together GPUP partner institutions, city diplomacy practitioners and other experts for a digital seminar to discuss the changing role of cities in global and regional governance.

ACTIVITAT REALITZADA
26 octubre 2020 - 15:30h
LOCALITZACIÓ: Digital seminar
ORGANITZAT PER: CIDOB’s Global Cities Programme in collaboration with the Chicago Council within the framework of the Great Powers and Urbanization Project (GPUP)

COL·LABORADORS (3):

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Cities have been advocating for a seat at the global table for decades. Although they are recognized as part of the international system, their capacity to influence is still limited to a consultative role and largely symbolic. Global and regional governance structures have been designed by and for nation states and they leave little room for the involvement of other stakeholders, including local governments. Yet, as the UN marks its 75 anniversary, intergovernmental multilateralism is increasingly being called into question. In recent decades, other seemingly more inclusive global governance frameworks are emerging, such as multistakeholderism.

Within the framework of the Great Powers and Urbanization Project (GPUP), CIDOB’s Global Cities Programme is bringing together GPUP partner institutions, city diplomacy practitioners and other experts for a digital seminar to discuss the changing role of cities in global and regional governance.  GPUP is a collaborative research initiative between the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, the University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House, the University of Melbourne’s Connected Cities Lab, the Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI), the African Centre for Cities and CIDOB – Barcelona Centre for International Affairs. Taking the premise that at the beginning of the twenty-first century, neither the city, the nation-state, nor geopolitical rivalries are declining in relevance, the GPUP project aims at evaluating potential ways to construct foreign policies, reform global governance, and represent stakeholders in an era of both geopolitical competition and urbanization.  

The two-days seminar will discuss the possibilities and constraints of cities' political agency within the contemporary global order. Further, it will explore how cities and their networks can strengthen and formalize their role within global and regional governance institutions and mechanisms. To examine possible future scenarios, the discussion will draw on the debate over the emergence and consolidation of new practices of multistakeholder global governance. Specifically, it will address the tensions and complementarity between two strategies for bringing urban concerns and interests to the global stage: on the one hand, the ambition to reform the current multilateral system, moving towards a seemingly more inclusive multistakeholder framework; and, on the other, the ongoing development of innovative forms of city diplomacy that create new spaces for transnational and operate mostly independently from nation states and international organizations.  

The seminar’s first session will be to questions from a European perspective. The discussion will revolve around the current instruments, institutional mechanisms and participation channels, both formal and informal, available to local and regional governments (LRGs) to influence and shape EU policymaking and implementation. In order to frame the conversation, the session will begin with four paper presentations by experts and practitioners, that will address, among others: the effectiveness of the Committee of the Regions to enhance sub-national governments’ say in EU law-making; the involvement of LRGs in the negotiations of the Multiannual Financial Framework; or the potential of some of the most recent policy initiatives, such as the EU Urban Agenda or the European Green Deal, to engage cities as key drivers of the green and digital transition. The presentations will be followed by an interactive debate among speakers, GPUP partners, and other seminar participants. 

The seminar’s second session will build on the European focused conclusions of day one by discussing the political agency of cities from the global perspective. It will feature a roundtable session that will address questions such as: To what extent does the current crisis of multilateralism constitute an opportunity for local governments to push for greater recognition within global governance structures? What are the promises and perils of multistakeholderism as an alternative governance mode? How is city diplomacy being reconfigured towards more innovative practices, which operate at the margins of nation states and are leaned towards urban-experimentation and new forms of public-private governance? How are traditional city networks engaging with these new diplomatic practices? And, finally, what are the implications of the ‘multistakeholderization’ and hybridization of city diplomacy for the role of cities in global governance? In a moderated discussion, each speaker will be posed a specific question related to their area of expertise, and a more general one connected with the overall topic of the session.

Arxius

Cities in Global and Regional Governance: From Multilateralism to Multistakeholderism? ACTIVITAT REALITZADA

15:50h Monday, 26th October 2020 - Cities in regional governance architectures: lessons from the European Union

Speakers connect

16:00h Introductory remarks

Pol Morillas, Director, CIDOB

Laia Bonet, Deputy Mayor of Agenda 2030, Digital Transition, Sports and Territorial and Metropolitan Coordination, Barcelona City Council

16:10h Presentation of the background document

Agustí Fernández de Losada, Director of the Global Cities programme, CIDOB

16:20h Discussion among speakers

Moderated by:   Agustí Fernández de Losada, Director of the Global Cities programme, CIDOB

Nicolas Brookes,Executive Director, Policy, Think Tank and Membership, Conference of Peripherial Maritime Regions

Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General, Eurocites

Piero Pelizzaro,Chief Resilience Officer, City of Milan

Marta Galceran,Associate Professor, Pompeu Fabra University

16:50h Debate among the seminar participants

Each participating GPUP partner institution will be given 5 minutes for introductions and will be asked to react to the presentations, pose questions and provide their views. The expected participating institutions are:

. The  Chicago Council on Global Affairs

. University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House

. University of Melbourne’s Connected Cities Lab

. Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI)

. The African Centre for Cities

. CIDOB - Barcelona Centre for International Affairs 

17:25h Closing remarks

Marta Galceran, Associate Professor, Pompeu Fabra University

12:50h Tuesday, 27th October 2020 - A multistakeholder perspective to cities role in global and regional governance

Speakers connect

13:00h Introductory remarks

Agustí Fernández de Losada, Director of the Global Cities programme, CIDOB

13:05h Presentation of the background document

Marta Galceran, Associate Professor, Pompeu Fabra University

13:15h Discussion among speakers

Moderated by:   William W. Burke-White, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House

Sheyla Foster, Professor of Law and Public Policy,Georgetown University

Eugene D. Zapata, Managing Director, Latin America and the Caribbean, Global Resilient Cities Network

Michele Acuto, Connected Cities Lab, Professor in Urban Politics and Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, University of Melbourne 

13:45h Debate among the seminar participants

Each participating GPUP partner institution will be given 5 minutes for introductions and will be asked to react to the presentations, pose questions and provide their views. The expected participating institutions are: 

. Chicago Council on Global Affairs

. University of Pennsylvania’s Perry World House

. University of Melbourne’s Connected Cities Lab

. Argentine Council for International Relations (CARI)

. The African Centre for Cities

. CIDOB - Barcelona Centre for International Affairs

14:25h Closing remarks

Agustí Fernández de Losada, Director of the Global Cities programme, CIDOB