City Diplomacy During COVID-19: The 2022 Cities and International Engagement Survey [open pdf - 4MB]
From the Executive Summary: '"Over the previous two years, cities have been at the forefront of global attention due to the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic's impact on urban populations and economic activity. Most starkly we witnessed the emptying of central business districts due to extended lockdowns, followed by cautious attempts to reinvigorate city life. The pandemic has revealed and exacerbated societal fissures and dramatically reshaped the way we live, work and play within our cities. This deeply 'urban' crisis represents the backdrop of this 2022 edition of the Cities and International Engagement Survey. This report presents findings of the third iteration of this global survey of the international engagement of city governments. The initial pilot study undertaken in 2018 (27 cities surveyed) found a distinct lack of funding allocated to city governments to conduct diplomatic activities. The expanded sample in 2020 (47 cities surveyed) revealed the breadth of international activities undertaken by city governments and a growing confidence in their capacity to address global issues. Despite this, there remained significant challenges for cities to maximise the value of their international engagements, including still-limited investment and few opportunities to build internal diplomatic capacity. Since the 2020 survey, we have observed the increasing presence of city leaders on the global stage, advocating for a role in influencing global policy development in an array of issue areas including climate change, migration, economic development, culture, and of prominence recently, health. Cities have achieved greater recognition as actors with a critical role to play in meeting global goals and created a range of linkages with multilateral forums."
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