July 18   Niemeyer   17:00 - 18:00   |   Strategy

New Hansa. Cities in International Politics

Despite recent recoil in globalisation, global cities remain the vital hubs of the financial, human, technological and cultural communication. The cities have resources and ambition to influence the global agenda and often share more common ground with other cities than with their countries. On this ground, they go on to create city alliances, support global exchange, form national and international lobbies, and discuss the details of coordination mechanisms.

  • In what ways will the economic and political roles of the cities evolve? 
  • Which formats of collaboration do the cities employ today?
  •  Is it possible for the cities to essentially change their role in global affairs? 


Jonathan Woetzel
Senior partner, McKinsey & Company


Sergey Cheremin
Minister of Moscow Government
Fyodor Lukyanov
Editor-in-Chief of "Russia in Global Affairs"
David Miller
Director, C40 Climate Leadership Group
Alice Charles
Project Lead, Cities, World Economic Forum Geneva
John Jung
Chairman and Co-Founder, Intelligent Community Forum