De COVID19-stad

Op 20 april 2020 publiceert de Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM) op haar website het artikel ‘Redesigning the COVID-19 city‘. Hierin worden ingrijpende gevolgen voor de stad toegeschreven aan COVID-19 en wordt gesteld dat dit slechts het begin is van jaren van infectieziekten. Hierna worden negen waarschijnlijke trends in de komende maanden en jaren omschreven in de stad van het COVID-19 tijdperk. Het gaat hierbij om ingrijpende veranderingen met betrekking tot infrastructuur, het voortbestaan van bedrijven, sociale omgang, werkomstandigheden, voedselproductie, privacy, mensenrechten, democratie, luchtkwaliteit en geestelijk welzijn.

De GPM werd opgericht in 2016 in Den Haag. In 2017 schreef het World Economic Forum in het het artikel ‘Cities, not nation states, will determine our future survival. Here’s why’: “A new coalition called the Global Parliament of Mayors is also urging cities everywhere to take advantage of the devolution revolution. After all cities no longer need to wait and ask for permission to exert their urban sovereignty.”

Nederlandse burgermeesters die aangesloten zijn bij het Global Parliament of Mayors zijn Hubert Bruls, Femke Halsema, Sharon Dijksma* en Ahmed Aboutaleb. Het secretariaat van het  GPM is gevestigd in het Haagse stadhuis en voormalig voorzitter Jozias van Aartsen is erelid.
*Ten tijde van het vermelde artikel over de COVID19-stad waren Jan van Zanen en Peter den Oudsten lid van de GPM, Sharon Dijksma heeft zich later aangesloten.

Bron: The Hague Declaration 2016, Global Parliament of Mayors

De Global Parliament of Mayors werkt samen met o.a. de World Health Organization, de Wereldbank en het World Economic Forum aangaande gezondheidsbeleid:
Bron: Empowering cities as drivers of change, pag.20
Global Parliament of Mayors, 2018

Zie ook
‘Informed consent en quarantaine | gemeenten zijn verantwoordelijk’
over de belangrijke rol van gemeenten door de Wet Publieke Gezondheid.
Uit het verslag van de GPM-summit van november 2019Empowering cities for the 2020s decade of change‘.

Waarom ging het Global Parliament of Mayors in april 2020 al uit van een langdurige periode van pandemieën en van veranderingen in de 'COVID19-stad' voor de lange termijn?

Hoe verhouden de bevoegdheden van burgemeesters van dit netwerk zich tot de bevoegdheden van de landelijke overheid? 

Waarom is er zo weinig transparantie over het bestaan van de Global Parliament of Mayors, de projecten waar de GPM zich mee bezighoudt en de rol van corporaties, de Wereldbank en het World Economic Forum bij activiteiten van de GPM? 

Waarom is er zo weinig bekend over de (activiteiten van) vele verschillende mondiale stedennetwerken?

Uit ‘Redesigning the COVID19-city’

Global Parliament of Mayors, 20 april 2020:

“But this is just the beginning: We can expect waves of infectious disease outbreaks for years until we have a vaccine and strong antiviral options.
After saving lives, an important question facing every mayor is what does a city look like in the COVID-19 era? We identified nine trends that are likely to play out in the months and years ahead.
First, the places where people congregate — from sports arenas to shopping malls and — will be smartly retrofitted for social distancing. Some are already offering virtual and augmented reality alternatives. We can expect these trends to continue speeding up.
Second, the shift to online retail will be accelerated. Most stores selling products — from computers to car parts — are moving to cyberspace. Although some of them will recover, the pandemic could be terminal for those that could not survive prolonged supply and demand shocks. Sadly, smaller businesses are most at risk despite being the very assets that contribute to city identity and character.”
“Fifth, privacy and politics will be deeply affected, and mostly for the worse. China is pioneering massive surveillance in the name of population health and marketing its expertise to other nations. COVID-19 not only threatens to disrupt elections and public demonstrations, but intrusive technological responses could rapidly overwhelm other human rights as well.
All of these COVID-19 trends are reinforcing the central place of digital connectivity, and cyber security, and the functions of residential areas where people live and work. They also underline the ways in which cities need to reimagine their overall vision and design. We can expect to see new urban design standards that combine crisis response with long-term, equitable benefits for society and the environment. The example of Amsterdam stands out, as it moves toward a city planning model built on “doughnut economics.”


Uit “Empowering cities as drivers of change”

Global Parliament of Mayors, Annual Summit 2018:

The GPM can act as a conduit for mayors to build partnerships and collaborate toward meeting local challenges from global problems. It will engage with key international stakeholders such as the World Health Organisation, the World Bank and the World Economic Forum, which are working to improve international governance of disease.

Bron: (pag.20)

Uit “A ‘Global Parliament of Mayors’ Governance Network”

Proposal voor de Global Parliament of Mayors,
Benjamin Barber, Richard Florida, Don Tapscott
(Global Solutions Networks):

“In 2013, the yale University Press published a provocative, forward-thinking book, If Mayors Ruled the World, written by the well-known urbanist and political theorist Benjamin Barber. Barber argued that in the face of the most perilous challenges of our time—climate change, terrorism, poverty and trafficking of drugs, guns and people—the world’s countries seem paralyzed. The problems are too big, too interdependent or too divisive. Once society’s best example of democracy, nation-states are increasingly dysfunctional. Cities, and the mayors who run them, on the other hand, can do and are doing a better job.”

“About Global Solution Networks
The Global Solution Networks program is a multi-million dollar investigation into new, networked models of solving global problems and governing important global resources and capabilities. The program is offered through the Martin Prosperity Institute at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto and is funded by a dozen of the world’s leading corporations as well as by the Rockefeller Foundation and several governments. This report is a deliverable from one of 40 projects that constitute the GSN program”


Vele andere mondiale stedennetwerken via Global Solutions Networks

Jozias van Aartsen, erelid van de GPM

Jozias van Aartsen over de lancering van de Global Parliament of Mayors, dat beleid van de Verenigde Naties zal ondersteunen. (2016)

Jozias van Aartsen:

“In this era of interdependence, where nation states are increasingly dysfunctional and cities are everywhere rising, the moment has come for cities to take the leap from effective local governance to true global governance.


Nederlandse GPM-burgermeesters

Ahmed Aboutaleb
Hubert Bruls
Sharon Dijksma (ten tijde van het artikel Jan van Zanen)
Femke Halsema
Voorheen ook Peter den Oudsten
erelid: Jozias van Aartsen


Documentatie van de gemeente Amsterdam
Monitor internationale voorbeelden stedelijke aanpak corona
(website gemeente Amsterdam)
Editie 3 (website GPM) met ‘relevant information sources’ op pag. 33.
Editie 7 (website GPM)

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