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Joana Setzer (London School of Economics and Political Science)
发布时间:2015年01月09日  来源:察哈尔学会  作者:Joana Setzer  阅读:893

City diplomacy and the UN System


City diplomacy is not new. Local governments have been engaging in international relations for many decades now. Networking is one of the most prominent ways through which cities and their leaders engage in international relations. Transnational networks of local governments operate in different policy areas, and constitute an important forum for policy learning and exchange. However, beyond the participation in networks, this presentation highlights the fact that cities are now gaining recognition by the UN System. This recognition began in 1992, with the UN acknowledging the involvement of local and regional governments in the sustainable development process. Recognition by the UN System opened opportunities for local and regional governments to further their diplomatic roles.

 

This presentation highlights three ways through which cities engage in the UN System. First, cities participate in international decision-making processes. Second, cities establish partnerships and decentralised cooperation initiatives with UN bodies. Third, the important role of cities in promoting sustainable development is being formally recognised within the text of UN Conventions. However, political institutions and legal systems still need to adapt to city diplomacy. The presentation concludes considering cases of contestation and legal challenges over city diplomacy. 

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