Events

The City Diplomacy Lab organizes a wide range of initiatives aimed at advancing the understanding and dissemination of city diplomacy as a tool for sustainable urban development.

The City Diplomacy Lab periodically organizes in-person, hybrid, and virtual initiatives to foster international reflection on the impact and potential of local governments’ regional and global action in addressing the major transnational challenges of the present.

The Lab’s approach enables dialogue and discussion among city diplomacy practitioners (cities, city networks, national governments, and international organizations) while involving civil society actors, the world of culture and education, and the private sector.

In-person, hybrid, and virtual events alike enjoy the valuable and unique support of the Columbia Global Centers, enabling the Lab to engage actors and audiences from every region of the world.

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Upcoming events

Cities for all: Bottom-up action for just urban development

In partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fΓΌr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)Cities AllianceUN-HabitatICLEISlum Dwellers International, the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance, and the African Union for Housing Finance.

πŸ—“ August 22, 2024, 1:00 p.m. CEST

πŸ“ Webinar

πŸ’» Registration coming soon

 

Olympic Cities: Sustainable Visions and Legacies

In partnership with Columbia Global Paris Center.

πŸ—“ September 6, 2024, 9:00 a.m. CEST

πŸ“ Columbia Global Paris Center – 4, rue de Chevreuse, 75006 Paris, France

πŸ’» Registration coming soon

 

3rd Urban Peace Dialogues at the UNECE Forum of Mayors

In partnership with the US Mission to the United Nations in Geneva.

πŸ—“ September 30, 2024

πŸ“ United Nations Office in Geneva

πŸ’» Registration coming soon

 

Past events

Fostering inclusive nature-based solutions for low-income urban communities

In partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fΓΌr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)Cities AllianceUN-HabitatICLEISlum Dwellers International, the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance, and the African Union for Housing Finance.

πŸ—“ June 27, 2024, 1:00 p.m. CEST

πŸ“ Webinar

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Digital Creation at the Heart of Sustainable Urban Development

In partnership with the City of Enghien-les-Bains, the Centre des Arts d’Enghien-les-Bains (CDA95), and the UNESCO’s Creative Cities of Media Art.

πŸ—“ June 12–14, 2024

πŸ“ Enghien-les-Bains, Auditorium des Thermes

πŸ“½ Recording coming soon

 

Cities and Social Solutions | Age

In partnership with the WHO Global Network for Age-Friendly Cities and Communities, the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center, and Columbia Global Centers | Paris.

πŸ—“ May 16, 2024 at 2:00 p.m. Paris

πŸ“ Webinar

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Cities and Social Solutions | Inclusion

In partnership with UNESCO’s International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities (ICCAR) and Columbia Global Centers | Paris.

πŸ—“ April 18, 2024 at 8:00 a.m. New York | 2:00 p.m. Paris

πŸ“ Webinar

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Fostering sustainable construction in informal urban areas

In partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft fΓΌr Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)Cities AllianceUN-HabitatICLEISlum Dwellers International, the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance, and the African Union for Housing Finance.

πŸ—“ March 21, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. New York | 2 p.m. Paris

πŸ“ Webinar

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Cities and Social Solutions | Gender

In partnership with the City Hub and Network for Gender Equity (CHANGE) and Columbia Global Centers | Paris.

πŸ—“ March 14, 2024 at 1:00 p.m. New York | 6 p.m. Paris

πŸ“ Webinar

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Cities and Social Solutions | Social Justice

In partnership with the Leeds City Council and Columbia Global Centers | Paris.

πŸ—“ February 15, 2024

πŸ“ Webinar

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Cities and Climate Solutions | Waste

In partnership with the Columbia Climate School, Columbia Global Centers | Paris and Columbia Global Centers | Santiago, and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum.

πŸ—“ November 22, 2023

πŸ“ Webinar

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Cities and Climate Solutions | Energy

In partnership with the Columbia Climate School, Columbia Global Centers | Paris and Columbia Global Centers | Santiago, and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum.

πŸ—“ November 22, 2023

πŸ“ Webinar

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Cities and Climate Solutions | Air

In partnership with the Columbia Climate School, Columbia Global Centers | Paris and Columbia Global Centers | Mumbai, and the Commonwealth Local Government Forum.

πŸ—“ November 22, 2023

πŸ“ Webinar

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Reimagining African Cities: Design, Participation, Diplomacy

In partnership with Columbia University Center for Undergraduate Global Engagement and Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi.

πŸ—“ October 2, 2023

πŸ“ Webinar

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Urban peace dialogues. When mayors become architects of peace

2023 UNECE Forum of Mayors’ official side event

In partnership with the US Mission to the United Nations in Geneva, Mayors for Peace – European and French Chapters, and the European Committee of the Regions’ Nicosia Initiative.

πŸ—“ October 3, 2023

πŸ“ United Nations Office in Geneva

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Euro-Africa Montpellier Water Days

In partnership with Montpellier MΓ©diterranΓ©e MΓ©tropole and the International Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Water Systems Dynamics.

πŸ—“ October 9-10, 2023

πŸ“ Corum, Montpellier

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La diplomatie des territories et l’action internationale des collectivitΓ©s face aux crises

In partnership with CitΓ©s Unies France, UCLG, and PLATFORMA.

πŸ—“ July 3rd, 2023

πŸ“ French House of Representatives

 

Cities and Climate Solutions | Food

In partnership with Columbia Global Centers | Paris and Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro.

πŸ—“ April 19, 2023

πŸ“ Webinar

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Cities and Climate Solutions | Water

In partnership with Columbia Global Centers | Paris and Columbia Global Centers | Amman.

πŸ—“ March 22, 2023

πŸ“ Webinar

 

Le rΓ΄le de la diaspora pour dynamiser les coopΓ©rations de ville Γ  ville

In partnership with AIMF.

πŸ—“ November 17, 2022

πŸ“ Tunis City Hall

 

Driving Climate Empowerment Leveraging Proximities and City Diplomacy

In partnership with the ETI Chair at IAE Paris Sorbonne Business School and C40 Cities.

πŸ—“ November 15, 2022

πŸ“ Smart City Expo World Congress

 

Climate empowerment and city diplomacy. Exploring the potential of a thriving alliance

In partnership with AIMF and ICLEI.

πŸ—“ November 8, 2022

πŸ“ COP27 – Multilevel Action Pavilion

 

Cities and universities. An alliance for sustainable development

In partnership with AIMF and IFDD.

πŸ—“ November 8, 2022

πŸ“ COP27 – Francophonie Pavilion

 

Urban metabolism and gender equity

In partnership with UCLG and CitΓ©s Unies France.

πŸ—“ June 27, 2022

πŸ“ 11th World Urban Forum, Katowice

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Cities: from theaters of war to actors for peace

2022 UNECE Forum of Mayors’ official side event

In partnership with the Permanent Mission of the United States of America to the International Organizations in Geneva, the Permanent Mission of Italy to the International Organizations in Geneva, the International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF), and the City of Bari.

πŸ—“ April 5, 2022

πŸ“ United Nations Office in Geneva

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Can local agriculture save the world?

In partnership with Alliance ProgramColumbia Global Centers | Paris, and the European Institute. Co-sponsors include Columbia Maison FranΓ§aise and the Institute for Ideas and Imagination.

πŸ—“ December 14, 2021

πŸ“ Webinar

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Reinventing Cities series

The series is co-organized with Sciences Po – PSIA, Columbia Undergraduate Programs in Paris, and Columbia Global Centers | Paris. Co-sponsored by the Alliance Program and Urban Flag.

πŸ—“ March – July 2021

πŸ“ 5 webinars

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