Cllr Nickie Aiken discusses Community Cohesion with international city leaders

Mon, 14/11/2016

Cllr Nickie Aiken, Cabinet Member for Public Protection at Westminster City Council has taken part in the Mayor’s International Mayoral Summit at London’s City Hall alongside Mayors of Stockholm, Rotterdam and Chuka Umuna, MP for Streatham.

The one day conference, led by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, featured speeches and presentations by Mayors, city leaders and policy experts who explored new city strategies for building more cohesive communities. It is hoped it helped ‘kick start’ a global conversation on how cities should respond to the challenges of ensuring that communities remain integrated and get along better in a rapidly changing society.

Cllr Aiken’s introductory session was chaired by Sonia Sodha from The Observer. Her panel included, Karin Wanngård, Mayor of Stockholm, Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam, Chuka Umunna, MP for Streatham and David Robinson, Founder of Community Links.

Cllr Nickie Aiken, Cabinet Member for Public Protection said:
“It is an absolute honour to have been invited to take part in the Mayoral Summit. Social  integration  and  Community  Cohesion  has  always  been  a  core  priority  for  Westminster  City Council, and I look forward to releasing the recommendations of our Community Cohesion Commission and action plan in Spring 2017."

Earlier this year, Westminster City Council launched its Community Cohesion Commission which set out to gather evidence on how Westminster’s communities can get along better, with a full report due in Spring 2017.

In a speech to the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in September of this year, the Mayor of London argued that city leaders should play an active role in supporting people from different cultural backgrounds and walks of life to lead interconnected lives.

The closed conference will culminate in a dinner for all invited leaders hosted by Sadiq Khan.

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Last updated: 22 November 2016
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