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Aerial view of the city of Mannheim

U7 Mayors Summit: Cities as drivers of change

Bonn, 26. April 2022. In the context of the German G7 Presidency, the Urban7 Cities Alliance, involving the German Association of Cities, ICLEI and the Global Parliament of Mayors and supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and our Service Agency, is hosting a virtual cities summit on 3 May 2022. The theme of the event is: Embracing the Urban World: Cities as Drivers of Change for Peace, Democracy and Sustainability.

Kristin Michalek-Götz and interpreter Olga Galema smile at the camera

'We want to be back in dialogue now!'

Bonn/Dresden, 21 April 2022. The Russian war of aggression is unleashing new forces for civil society engagement – both in Ukraine and among German partners. Stadtentwässerung Dresden maintains a utility partnership with the Lvivvodokanal water company in Lviv, Ukraine. In her interview, Ms Kristin Michalek-Götz, Head of International Projects at Stadtentwässerung Dresden, describes the joint work and how the war has strengthened it.

View of the New York skyline with the UN building from a boat.

Urban Diplomacy Exchange – partnership conference between Germany and the U.S.

Bonn, 20 April 2022. The virtual partnership conference including a Mayors Roundtable is a professional exchange between cities in Germany and the United States of America. Under the motto "City Diplomacy for Sustainability", administrative staff from municipal departments will have the opportunity to exchange their expertise and views on various topics of the 2030 Agenda on Monday, May 16, and Thursday, May 19, 2022, and establish linkages to the international agenda.

Wide angle aerial view of the city of Mannheim.

Strong alliance of cities aims to strengthen the role of municipalities internationally

Bonn, 28 February 2022. The Service Agency Communities in One World (SKEW) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development support the Urban7 alliance of cities. During Germany's G7 presidency, the U7 group is advocating for the interests and voice of municipalities at the international level. From a municipal perspective, important directions for addressing global challenges need to be set in 2022.