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Presentation of the metropolitan chapter of the report on metropolitan governance

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On Wednesday 15 January, the AMB hosted the presentation of the metropolitan chapter of the GOLD V Report. This year's edition of the publication, which every three years analyses the state of local democracies and decentralisation, explores the degree to which local and regional governments from the World Organization of United Cities and Local Governments's (UCLG) seven geographic regions and metropolitan areas around the world have localised their global agendas.

Present at the event was the general manager of the AMB, Ramon Torra, secretary-general of the Metropolis Network Metropolis, Octavi de la Varga, and director of the CIDOB Global Cities Programme and co-author of the report, Agustí Fernández de Losada.

According to the report's main conclusions, large cities and metropolitan areas have proven extremely active in researching and implementing innovative solutions for the localisation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs).

Given the lack of political recognition, funding and defined competences, as well as the immense and increasing diversity of metropolitan models around the world, metropolitan governance models must be reformulated with more inclusive and coordinated alternatives that reinforce multilevel cooperation mechanisms and ensure compliance with the SDGs. These new governance models must engage all local actors to promote a collaborative governance framework that makes it possible to co-produce solutions and ensure maximum transparency.

The report also pointed out that the while the role of cities in implementing global agendas is growing, the metropolitan reality is very different. Despite advances on an urban front, progress is not being made at metropolitan level.

Finally, the report emphasises the need to rethink traditional financing approaches to empower local authorities to find solutions to the challenges they are facing.

GOLD V Report (full version)

GOLD V Report (executive summary)

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