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Rethinking the ecosystem of international city networks. Challenges and opportunities

The will of the cities to project themselves internationally and to influence the global agendas is not a new phenomenon. The first international organization of cities, the International Union of Local Authorities, was created in 1913 and at the end of the 20th century new networks and platforms of cities began to proliferate, especially in Europe, but also in Latin America, Africa and Asia, linking up with the processes of regional integration. The creation in 2004 of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), as the main representative network of international municipalism, marked a turning point.

Therefore, we recommend reading the monograph "Rethinking the ecosystem of international city networks. Challenges and opportunities", published -in Spanish- by the think-tank Barcelona Centre for International Affairs (CIDOB). This publication analyses the evolution of the network ecosystem of cities in recent years. In particular, it seeks to see how the main platforms operate, how they affect the global agendas, what services they provide to their associates and how they coordinate their efforts. 

 

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