09 Oct 2018

WBD is proud to support this year's Global Parliament of Mayors Annual Summit which takes place in Bristol, UK, from 21-23 October.

Over 80 Mayors from around the world including Asia, Africa, the Americas and Europe are set to attend the summit and together will be looking to discuss and address key challenges facing cities globally from urban security, public health, governance, migration and innovation. 

WBD, which has its second largest UK office in Bristol, will take part in the three day event and participate in the 'City Solutions' debate where the firm will be chairing a panel discussion on Housing and Transport. Alongside design, consultancy, engineering, project management practice Arcadis, WBD will look at how city growth is creating demand for more and better housing and the infrastructure needs to boost economic performance.

Having been involved in a number of high profile infrastructure projects in the West of England, nationally and using lessons from our transatlantic combination, WBD will provide insight into the core challenges facing Mayors including unlocking funding, embracing new technologies and driving the green energy agenda and further support the development of smart grids, autonomous vehicles and vehicle charging infrastructure. 

Jonathan Bower of WBD commented:  

"We're delighted to support the Global Parliament of Mayors Annual Summit which presents the perfect opportunity to showcase the city of Bristol on the international stage and demonstrate the strengths of our city as a hub for innovation, collaboration and sustainability. We also look forward to hearing about the initiatives happening in cities across the world and how we can learn from one another."

As we celebrate our 20th anniversary in Bristol this year as well as our combination with US firm Womble Carlyle last year, we are thrilled to be part of this highly anticipated event and to welcome some of the US Mayors in locations where we have offices."

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol and treasurer for the Global Parliament of Mayors, said:

“Businesses, both local and international, have seen the opportunity in supporting the Global Parliament of Mayors summit and it is great to have such widespread support. It also puts Bristol at centre stage for nurturing city links, closer international trade relationships and investment opportunities during uncertain political times around the world.

This summit is the biggest and most ambitious yet for the GPM and a chance for city leaders to affect real change. City leaders are on the front line of delivery across the world and are faced with the realities of similar issues on a daily basis. International frameworks need to pay attention to the voices of cities if they are going to solve the challenges we face.”