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Policy Brief: "City diplomacy”. A new chance for the Italian G20 Presidency

We are living in the century of the cities. 55% of the world population lives in cities nowadays. 80% of the world GDP can be attributed to cities’ economy.  Demographic and economic data, as well as new local democratic practices or new diplomatic achievements are there to show it. Hence, cities are among the most suitable places to tackle the challenging issues of the future, from economic development to environment sustainability or democratic renovation, just to name a few. While cities are getting back, we often do not realize it because we keep thinking in a Westphalian manner. Italian national government, local authorities and civil society need to realize this especially at a moment when our country has taken the Presidency of the G20, the main forum for global economic and financial cooperation.