Glocal Forum

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Glocal Forum
Founder Uri Savir and Jan Stenbeck
Founded 2001, Zurich, Switzerland
Headquarters Rome, Italy
Focus Empowering local communities in the global sphere
Method City-to-city networking

The Glocal Forum is an international organization in the field of city-to-city cooperation; encouraging peace building and international development in the non-governmental sector. It emphasizes the central role of cities in international relations and subscribes to a glocalization vision.


The Glocal Forum was created in 2001 to emphasize the role of local authorities in the world governance system.[1][2] 25 cities attended the first meeting in Rome in 2002.[3] The Glocal Forum focuses on empowering local communities by linking them to one another and to global resources, in order to achieve social improvement, democratic growth, peace and a balance between global opportunities and local realities.[1][4]

In 2007, the Global Forum had over 100 member cities, including all cities that had more than 500,000 residents.[4] The Global Forum is based in Rome.[5][6]

2007 participants in the Global Forum include Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Agadir, Morocco; Akron, Ohio; Athens; Baghdad; Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan; Boston; Brussels; Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Dubai; Florence, Italy; Freetown, Sierra Leone; Kabul, Afghanistan; Karachi, Pakistan; Khartoum, Sudan; Kigali, Rwanda; Chișinău, Moldova; Managua, Nicaragua; Marseille, France; Moscow; Nablus; Philadelphia; Pristina, Kosovo; Rishon LeZion and Rosh HaAyin; Sana'a, Yemen; São Paulo, Brazil; Sofia, Bulgaria; Vienna; and Washington, D.C.[6] According to Al Bawaba, "The Glocal network is made up of cities from Europe (50%), the United States (14%), Africa and the Middle East (22%), Asia (8%) and Latin America (6%)."[7]


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  2. ^ Nordin, Irene Gilsenan; Zamorano Llena, Carmen (2010). Redefinitions of Irish Identity: A Postnationalist Approach. Oxford: Peter Lang. p. 143. ISBN 3039115588. Retrieved 2015-06-27.
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  4. ^ a b MacPherson, Ian; Emmanuel, Joy (2007). Co-operatives and the Pursuit of Peace (PDF). Victoria, British Columbia: New Rochdale Press. p. 18. ISBN 155058362X. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-25. Retrieved 2015-06-27.
  5. ^ Montgomery, Lori; Weiss, Eric M. (2005-10-20). "Tracking D.C.'s Traveling Man". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2015-06-27. Retrieved 2015-06-27.
  6. ^ a b Kennemer, Daniel (2006-08-05). "Time for war, and time to talk". The Jerusalem Post. Archived from the original on 2015-06-27. Retrieved 2015-06-27.
  7. ^ "Tejari to Empower Online Procurement for 100 Cities through the Glocal eCities Network". Al Bawaba. 2006-08-29. Archived from the original on 2015-06-27. Retrieved 2015-06-27.

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