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Citiscope spurs innovations to help cities work better for all of their people through the power of independent journalism.
on-the-ground reporting by local journalists
extensive coverage of global debates on the future of cities
expert commentary and analysis
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C40 is a network of the world’s megacities committed to addressing climate change. C40 supports cities to collaborate effectively, share knowledge and drive meaningful, measurable and sustainable action on climate change.
climate, paradiplomacy, global, megacities
United States Conference of Mayors
The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) is the official non-partisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,408 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.
lobbying, federal-city relations, policy, USA
|Mayors for Peace|
On June 24, 1982, at the 2nd UN Special Session on Disarmament held at UN Headquarters in New York, then Mayor Takeshi Araki of Hiroshima proposed a new Program to Promote the Solidarity of Cities toward the Total Abolition of Nuclear Weapons. This proposal offered cities a way to transcend national borders and work together to press for nuclear abolition. Subsequently, the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki called on mayors around the world to support this program.
The Mayors for Peace is composed of cities around the world that have formally expressed support for the program Mayor Araki announced in 1982. As of December 1, 2016, membership stood at 7,196 cities in 162 countries and regions. We were registered as a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council in May 1991.
|City Network||global, war, peace|
Global Parliament of Mayors
The Global Parliament of Mayors is an unprecedented new democratic global governance body by, for, and of cities: a global megaphone for a common urban voice and a global platform for common urban action.
|City Network||global, governance|
|New Cities Foundation|
New Cities is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to improving life in cities, and is focused on people, places and policies. We bring together a global network of public and private sector leaders and Urban Tech innovators to foster results-oriented collaboration. We also produce actionable research that can be implemented by decision-makers across sectors.
|World Urban Campaign|
The World Urban Campaign (WUC) is an advocacy and partnership platform to raise awareness about positive urban change in order to achieve green, productive, safe, healthy, inclusive, and well planned cities. Its goal is to place the Urban Agenda at the highest level in development policies. It is coordinated by UN-Habitat and driven by a large number of committed partners - currently 136 partners and networks - from around the world.
|Meeting of the Minds|
Meeting of the Minds is a global thought leadership network and knowledge sharing platform focused on urban sustainability.
Meeting of the Minds brings together leaders from multiple sectors and diverse geographies to share ideas and work together to shape a common agenda. Events include monthly webinars, in-person workshops, pop-up events and an annual summit held each fall.
The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.
Global Network of Ciities, Local and Regional Governments
United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) represents and defends the interests of local governments on the world stage, regardless of the size of the communities they serve. Headquartered in Barcelona, the organisation’s stated mission is: "To be the united voice and world advocate of democratic local self-government, promoting its values, objectives and interests, through cooperation between local governments, and within the wider international community."
Shareable is an award-winning nonprofit news, action and connection hub for the sharing transformation. What’s the sharing transformation? It’s a movement of movements emerging from the grassroots up to solve today’s biggest challenges, which old, top-down institutions are failing to address.
pol.is is bringing AI & machine learning to participatory democracy. Scale up outreach in online consultation & get powerful insights that can shape and legitimize policy.
Connecting cities and informing the people working to improve them.
Next City is an online magazine about cities around the world. We update our site daily with investigative features, essays, blog posts and interviews from the front lines of urban change and innovation. Discover nextcity.org.
Civiciti is a participation platform for continuous democracy.
We help citizens, public administrations and organisations around the world discover, discuss and decide on the issues they care about.
|Cities for Action|
CITIES FOR ACTION is a coalition of over 100 mayors and municipal leaders fighting for federal immigration reform, and galvanizing the movement by launching inclusive policies and programs at the local level. Our leaders have joined forces to create stronger and safer cities by driving the national debate, embracing new immigrants, and engaging with stakeholders to win on immigration policies.
|City Network||immigration, USA|
National League of Cities
The National League of Cities is a resource and advocate for the nation's cities and their leaders.
Ash Center for Operational Excellence in Government
Operational Excellence in Government is led by Stephen Goldsmith, Director of the Innovations in American Government Awards program and Professor at Harvard Kennedy School. The project identifies operational efficiency themes across state and local governments, and is supported by the Laura and John Arnold Foundation and conducted in partnership with United States Common Sense, a nonpartisan nonprofit policy group dedicated to opening government data and resources to the public.
|BU Initiative on Cities|
The Initiative on Cities engages with urban leaders, academics, and policy makers from around the world to help plan for the development of essential services and sustainable
infrastructure necessary for cities to flourish.
Strong Towns is a media organization advocating a model of development that allows America’s cities, towns and neighborhoods to become financially strong and resilient.
governance, NGO, knowledge sharing, usa, policy
|What Works Cities|
Launched by Bloomberg Philanthropies in April 2015, What Works Cities is a national initiative to help 100 mid-sized American cities enhance their use of data and evidence to improve services, inform local decision-making and engage residents. We are the nation’s most comprehensive philanthropic initiative helping local leaders identify and invest in what works. Applications have now closed to be considered as one of our first 100 cities, but check back soon for new opportunities.
International, best practices
EUROCITIES is the network of major European cities. Our members are the elected local and municipal governments of major European cities. EUROCITIES was founded in 1986 by the mayors of six large cities: Barcelona, Birmingham, Frankfurt, Lyon, Milan and Rotterdam. Today, we bring together the local governments of over 130 of Europe's largest cities and 40 partner cities, that between them govern 130 million citizens across 35 countries.
Atlas of Urban Expansion
|Muniphase research project exploring urban expansion and boundaries.||Research Institute|
Coalition for Urban Transitions
The Coalition for Urban Transitions is a major new international initiative to support decision makers to meet the objective of unlocking the power of cities for enhanced national economic, social, and environmental performance, including reducing the risk of climate change.
The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate
The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate is a major international initiative to examine how countries can achieve economic growth while dealing with the risks posed by climate change. The Commission comprises former heads of government and finance ministers and leaders in the fields of economics and business.
World Resource Institute
WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities works to make urban sustainability a reality. Through global research and on-the-ground experience, our experts work with city and national leaders in Brazil, China, India, Mexico, Turkey, and the United States to spur action and improve life for millions.