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Wish list 2015: City-States vs. Local Communities

3. City-States vs. Local Communities

According to Unicef’s report, in 2050 75% of the world population will live in urban areas. The cities of the near future are huge agglomerations, the so-called megapolises. Their size is so large that it is hard to imagine. Cities like Tokyo, Beijing, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro, London, New York or Paris count more than 10 million residents. When I travelled to Istanbul and met the President of this city, he told me he often felt like the Minister-President of the Netherlands (the Netherlands and the city of Istanbul count 16 million residents each). In the first half of 2016, the Netherlands will hold the EU Presidency. The title of the Presidency is “Cities in Transition”. Together with many different organisations and ministries, I am involved in this project. We visit cities and learn about changes, desires, dreams as well as local unique initiatives. The bigger our cities become, the more we unite in small local communities.


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Above: from the publication: New Europe – Cities in transition by Pakhuis de Zwijger, Amsterdam

“Building a European network of city embassies to enhance social innovation in urban development”



Above: Publication “Cities of tomorrow” by European Union – Regional Policy | 2011


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Above: City Embassies meeting in Amsterdam, 26th of June 2014 by Pakhuis de Zwijger



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