13th Metropolis
World Congress

and cities in

Rethinking our future together

Guangzhou, China · 8-13 November 2021

Metropolises and cities in transformation: rethinking our future together

The 13th Metropolis World Congress will be a unique and exceptional opportunity for the metropolitan ecosystem to build collectively actionable strategies, get inspirational ideas and debate on how to implement projects and policies to transform global cities and metropolitan spaces in the long term.

Be part of this leading event that will gather metropolitan leaders, city managers, and international experts to rethink our future together.

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Organised by Metropolis and the People's Government of Guangzhou Municipality, the Congress will be held virtually from 8 to 13 November and will also host the Global Mayors’ Forum and the 5th Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation.

Why attend

The impact of metropolitan spaces goes far beyond city borders. In a globalised world, where people, goods, capital, information and even diseases are travelling faster than ever, no doubt remains that the solutions to global challenges must be found through multiple levels of cooperation.

It is in this spirit that Metropolis and Guangzhou invite policymakers, city and metropolitan leaders and thinkers of the world to connect virtually with our 13th Metropolis World Congress during 8-13 November 2021. Together we will reflect, debate, learn from each other, and formulate innovative responses to the crucial questions of our metropolitan era.

Hosted by Guangzhou, China, the 13th edition of the Metropolis World Congress is jointly organised by Metropolis and the People's Government of Guangzhou Municipality and will also host the Global Mayors’ Forum and the 5th Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation.

As a result, this Congress will build up momentum towards healing our communities and encourage novel solutions that can transform metropolitan spaces in the long term.

Our shared vision is a Congress that will produce results that will accelerate changes in our metropolises by:

  1. Redesigning public space, making it more welcoming, accessible and functional.
  2. Developing new and climate-friendly mobility patterns.
  3. Facilitating the transition to more inclusive and sustainable economic models.
  4. Accepting innovative technology and allowing more decentralised patterns of work and leisure.
  1. Implementing nature-based solutions and protecting biodiversity.
  2. Reducing our carbon footprint.
  3. Strengthening healthcare services.
  4. Mainstreaming gender issues and better protecting citizen rights.

The organizers

We are the global network of major cities and metropolitan areas serving as the hub and platform for metropolises to connect, share experiences, and mobilize on a wide range of local and global issues, in addition to being the focal point of worldwide experience and expertise on metropolitan governance.

As one of the planet’s 33 megacities (a city with at least 10 million inhabitants, Guangzhou embodies the metropolisation process—a phenomenon that is taking place worldwide and is unprecedented in the history of humanity.

With the support of

A long friendship between Guangzhou and Metropolis

The city of Guangzhou is one of Metropolis’ champion members, as it operates our Urban Innovation programme, acts as Regional Secretariat for Asia Pacific, and is currently President of the association.

A Metropolis member since 1993, Guangzhou took a great step forward in boosting its leadership on urban innovation through the launch of the Guangzhou International Award for Urban Innovation in 2012.

With its commitment to promoting urban innovation as one of the pathways to sustainable urban development, Guangzhou is a global leader in facilitating exchanges of experience and knowledge on innovative urban practices that are designed to meet the needs of the urban population.