"It is critical to erase obstacles to vaccination, including the inability or unwillingness of vaccine producing countries and pharmaceutical firms to share one of the most important public goods in modern history."
Éric Piolle, Mayor of Grenoble, France
"Migration of people is a reality of our time and key to the future of all cities. In Bristol we have learnt from our global, diverse communities that our differences do not divide us, they are our strength."
Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol, United Kingdom
"Cities must play a central role and represent the voices and needs of our residents, while sharing good practice, knowledge and ideas on how to bring our communities and societies closer, emphasizing what unites our cities, countries and continents.”
Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona, Spain
"Africa and Europe need to find common solutions to global challenges, from pandemics and climate change to migration; new forms of cross-border cooperation are needed – and fast."
Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr, Mayor of Freetown, Sierra Leone
"All future intergovernmental summits between Africa and Europe must go ahead with cities represented."
Giuseppe Sala, Mayor of Milan, Italy
"Women’s economic empowerment is a prerequisite for sustainable development and must be a priority at the decision-making level."
Elizabeth Sackey, Mayor of Accra, Ghana
"The future success of transnational cooperation is at risk without the meaningful participation of cities."
Jefferson T. Koijee, Mayor of Monrovia, Liberia
"Challenges and opportunities unify people across the Mediterranean sea, in African and European cities: as mayors we are working together to find innovative and sustainable solutions to transform our societies and leave no one behind."
Matteo Lepore, Mayor of Bologna, Italy