11.00 AM to 11:45 AM (CEST)

Urban7 at G7

The G7’s goal of working “towards an equitable world,” can only be achieved if the “transformative power of cities” is unleashed and true multi-level governance is realized. As the voice of the cities within the German G7 Presidency, the Urban 7 adopted a powerful U7 Mayors Declaration in May 2022. Now, representatives of the U7 will present their vision at the World Urban Forum. Speakers will discuss the importance of urban diplomacy for all levels of government and address how the global governance system must transform.

MAIN CONVENOR: Association of German Cities (Deutscher Staedtetag)



Lina Furch | Head of Department for European and International Affairs, Association of German Cities

Lina Furch is Head of the European/International Department at the Association of German Cities and Dep. Secretary General of CEMR/German Section. She is a trained lawyer and has formerly worked as Dep. Head of the European/International Department at the City of Bonn and in development cooperation (GIZ).


Dr. Peter Kurz | Mayor, City of Mannheim

Dr. Peter Kurz has served as mayor of Mannheim, Germany since 2007. He has overseen an economic and entrepreneurial transformation in the city, and established Mannheim as a Local Green Deal pilot city. He is Chair of the Global Parliament of Mayors and G7 special envoy of the Association of German Cities. 

Dr. Oliver Weigel | Head of Division for Urban Development, BMWSB

After studying geography, he held various positions at the Leipzig City Council, including head of the Olympic Planning Department (2002-2004) for Leipzig’s bid to host the 2012 Summer Games. Since 2006, he has headed the Department for Urban Development Policy in the Federal Ministry. 

Manuel de Araújo | Mayor, City of Quelimane, Mozambique

Manuel de Araújo has been the Mayor of Quelimane, Mozambique since December 2011. He was elected in 2018 as ICLEI’s Member of the Global Executive Committee in charge of Resilience (Co-Chair) and in 2017 as ICLEI’s Vice-President for Africa. Moreover, He is also a member of the Global Parliament of Mayors. 

Jefferson Koijee | Mayor, City of Monrovia, Liberia

Jefferson T. Koijee is the current mayor of Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia.  Jefferson Koijee is the first mayor to be confirmed by the Liberian Senate since the end of the civil war. He is also a member of ICLEI’s Regional Executive Committee and a member of the Global Parliament of Mayors.

Anja Wagner | Head of Division for Decentralized Development Cooperation, BMZ

Anja Wagner is trained as a lawyer. She studied at the European University Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) and began working at the Federal Ministry for the Environment in 2002. Later, she joined the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. She is currently Head of Division for Decentralized Development Cooperation (DDC).