Global Parliament of Mayors: Can Cities Change the World?

In a newly released research report, Professor Benjamin Barber, political theorist and author of If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities, Richard Florida, Director of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto and Don Tapscott, best-selling author and Executive Director of the Global Solution Networks program, advocate for the emerging role of mayors as primary players in addressing global problems and propose a global network of cities.

“Nation-states work together through multi-lateral agreements and global institutions in an effort to solve global problems. But states have limitations, and their cooperative efforts in our new era of interdependence and globalization are increasingly insufficient and even ineffective and outmoded,” say the three prominent researchers. A Global Parliament of Mayors represents a new type of governance network – one with enormous potential…

Read the complete press release and two-part research report on the Global Solutions Network website here. is a news platform with in-depth coverage of under-reported issues in rural communities in Nigeria and across Africa. We report on Agriculture, Health, Women and generally on Rural Development. To pitch a story idea or submit a report, please email:

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