For centuries, the Peace of Westphalia has been the basis for diplomatic and sovereign engagement between nation-states. Today, however, global conversations are recentring themselves — major cities as the hubs of technological innovation, social mobility and high economic growth, are challenging the primacy of the nation-state. They are increasingly pursuing independent global strategies and bypassing traditional foreign policy mechanisms. This panel explored the role that such cities can play in scripting new paradigms for governance, finding new paths to cooperation and setting the agenda for international relations and the discourse of the future.

Panelists: Hardeep Singh Puri, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs, India
Daniel Andrews, Premier of Victoria, Australia
Nisha Desai Biswal, President, USIBC (moderator)