The first National Park City Forum was held in London on the 20th July, to commence the development of the Universal Charter that will guide the adoption of the National Park City concept internationally. London in 2019, will become the first city in the world to be a National Park City.
Eighteen individuals participated in the Forum, at the famous GuildHall, London.
An appropriate venue given the significance of this concept as he building has been used as a town hall for several hundred years and is still the ceremonial and administrative centre of the City of London. The term "Guildhall" refers both to the whole building and to its main room, which is a medieval great hall.
Some of the major world leading urban and park organisations participated in the forum and included: Salzburg Global Seminar, Greater London Authority, IUCN, Parks Canada, Natural England, City of London, Rawlings, Institute for Global Prosperity, Gewildgroe, Hortis, John Muir Trust, Mosaic Insights and New Weather Institute.
The event was co-hosted by the National Park City Forum and World Urban Parks with close support from the City of London and Salzburg Global Seminar.
This forum has enabled extensive debate and discussion based around the work that has been achieved in the development of the London National Park City concept so far ( ) This has led to the development of an initial Charter to be considered further at other forums over the coming 6 months.
The Second Forum
The Second International Panel for National Park Cities will be hosted by World Urban Parks and The Department for Environment and Water (South Australia) and will occur in Adelaide (Australia) from the 11th to 13th October. The Forum will be opened by the Honourable David Speirs MP, Minister for Environment and Water.
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