The Rising Influence of Urban Actors

The Broker - Special Report on 'Cities of the World Unite,' 2009

32 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2016

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Janne Elisabeth Nijman

T.M.C. Asser Instituut; Amsterdam Center for International Law - University of Amsterdam; The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (IHEID)

Date Written: December 1, 2009

Abstract

By 2030, nearly 60% of the world’s population will live in cities. Megacities with over 10 million inhabitants are appearing in developing countries and will include Cairo, Dhaka, Jakarta, Lagos and Mumbai within 20 years. The implications for slum dwellers are devastating. The alternative climate summit for mayors in Copenhagen in December 2009 aims to put cities at the top of the climate change agenda. The summit’s message to heads of state, the media and citizens is that cities and local governments have a crucial role to play given they are responsible for up to 80% of global CO2 emissions: they can and will act. Indeed, cities are already devising innovative approaches to mitigating and reversing the impacts of global climate change. In this special report, Janne Nijman shows how cities are stepping up to the mark. City governments and their communities are participating in global processes. No longer simply places where people live and where businesses and services are based, cities are networking and collaborating with governments and organizations at a transnational level to deal with climate change, pollution, social inequality and so on. Cities are carving out a new role for themselves as independent global actors. Good urban governance now means cities must develop transnational relations and act in the global arena.

Keywords: global city, international law, transnational law, global governance, globalisation, urbanisation

JEL Classification: K

Suggested Citation

Nijman, Janne Elisabeth, The Rising Influence of Urban Actors (December 1, 2009). The Broker - Special Report on 'Cities of the World Unite,' 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2742802

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