Metropolises facing globalisation: metropolitan strategies towards internationalisation

At the beginning of a new decade, the discussion around internationalisation policies becomes central to improve the quality of life in metropolitan areas.

Metropolis, the World Association of the Major Metropolises faces this theme with its newest publication from the Issue Papers collection: “Internationalisation of metropolitan spaces”. The peculiarities related to the scale and organisation of the metropolitan areas analysed by AL-LAs (the alliance of cities and local governments of Europe and Latin America) in this publication defined different strategies to face the global reality. “The metropolitan reality gives added complexity [to the internationalization matter]” states Metropolis’ Secretary General Octavi de la Varga during the presentation of the paper. Today, major cities need to embrace the global world, but at the same time also small urban spaces are trying to project themselves into the complex international scenario. They do so to be attractive and competitive, but overall to improve the quality of life of their inhabitants. For this reason, “internationalisation has to be seen as public policy” affirms Ms. Paola Arjona, technical director of AL-LAs. Cooperation at the metropolitan scale is necessary for an integrated strategy, and in this context the work of city networks becomes crucial to give knowledge of good internationalisation practices.