Past Event

Reimagining Urban Diversity

May 4, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 | 6pm (Paris) | 12pm (New York)

As the COVID-19 pandemic reached cities across the world, diversity has emerged as both a challenge and an opportunity for city administrations. The intercultural approach, aimed at empowering minorities and unleashing their contribution to society, has provided cities with extra tools in responding to the outbreak, as well as in planning the recovery. This conference will address the evolution of political and social approaches to urban diversity, exploring their potential in the foreseeable future.

Chaired by : Professor Lorenzo Kihlgren Grandi


  • H.E. Mr. Miguel Ángel Moratinos, High Representative for the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC)
  • Ms. Ivana d'Alessandro, Head of the Intercultural cities Unit at the Council of Europe (Strasbourg-based)
  • Mr. Esteban Benavides, Coordinator of the International Observatory of Mayors on Living Together, Municipality of Montreal
  • Ms. Linda Tinio-Le Douarin, Coordinator of the International Coalition of Inclusive and Sustainable Cities − ICCAR

This discussion is part of the Reimagining Cities series, co-organized by Sciences Po Paris School of International Affairs and Columbia Undergraduate Programs in Paris. Co-sponsored by the Alliance Program and Urban Flag.


Reimagining cities. Exploring global trends towards a new (urban) normal

Hit hard by what was revealed to be primarily an urban pandemic, cities across the world have been harnessing the potential of their proximity with residents, the private sector, and civil society to deploy rapid, innovative, and cost-effective solutions. Most of this innovation is likely to continue as part of a broader movement led by numerous mayors committed to boldly re-direct urban development towards environmental sustainability, social equality, and resilience.

Designed by Dr. Lorenzo Kihlgren Grandi, instructor of City Diplomacy at Sciences Po – PSIA, the École Polytechnique, and Columbia in Paris, this conference series aims at engaging distinguished mayors, scholars, practitioners, and students in a global discussion on the future of urban life in a post-pandemic world.