Living Together Conference in Düsseldorf – who’s coming?

Date: July 2nd 2019 | Location: Düsseldorf

Delegations from 19 countries have agreed to take part in the upcoming conference on Living Together so far.  

Currently we are expecting 42 guests and delegations from Europe, Asia, America and Africa who will take part in the upcoming Living Together conference in Düsseldorf. As of right now 25 mayors and vice-mayors from 17 countries – for example Canada, Netherlands, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Italy, UK, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Benin, Bangladesh, Morocco, Tunisia, Lebanon and Burkina Faso – have agreed on taking part in the summit.  

Partners and participants from all over the world will join Mayor Geisel and experts from Düsseldorf’s administration to discuss current issues that municipal communities are facing today. The goal will be to share best practices and create a vision for future urban development.

International Day of Living Together in Peace on May 16th

Date: May 16th 2019 | Location: Paris

Representatives from Düsseldorf at UNESCO in Paris

The United Nations are putting special matters into public focus by organizing „International Days“ such as the International Women’s Day or the World Health Day. Following this tradition the Second International Day of Living Together in Peace was held on May 16th this year. The International Day of Living Together in Peace was initiated by the U.N. General Assembly in 2017. The UNESCO oversees events during the International Day on Living Together in Peace and has a round table discussion in Paris which Düsseldorf joined.

The chief diversity officer of the state capital Düsseldorf, Jana Hansjürgen, met up with representatives of various cities including Montréal and Strasbourg and debated on how a peaceful coexistance of people of different religious and cultural backgrounds as well as different sexual orientations can and must be achieved in pluralistic municipal communities.

During the round table discussion in Paris, the International Mayors Conference on Living Together in Düsseldorf (August 30th - September 1st 2019) was also promoted. Mayors and other high ranked municipal representatives from all over the world are expected to come to Düsseldorf and talk about questions related to Living Together in their respecitve cities.

„Internationality and diversity shape the city of Düsseldorf: People from all parts of the world, different faiths and ethnic backgrounds, different sexual orientations call Düsseldorf their home“, says mayor Thomas Geisel. „Tolerance, respect, freedom of speech and solidarity are no lip service. During the refugee crisis which the citizens of Düsseldorf greeted with their open and welcoming nature this became especially visible.“

The city of Düsseldorf has been dedicated to living together peacefully for many years. Düsseldorf has close relationships with its sister cities and is an active member in a number of networks that aim to exchange best practices. Therefore Düsseldorf has been part of the international „Living Together/Vivre Ensemble“ network since 2015 which by now consists of 48 cities. Goal of the organisation is having regulare professional discussions on current trends and challenges affecting municipal areas. These exchanges happen via the website of the Observatory, which is filled with many best practice examples, as well as personal exchanges between the representatives and administrations of the member cities.

Civil engagement is a key element for peaceful coexistence. During the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on March 21st and the Diversity Day on May 28th – both organized by the city's chief diversity officer Jana Hansjürgen – many events were arranged sensitizing the public for the matters of diversity and living together peacefully.

  • video message Mayor Geisel's video message for the International Day of Living Together in Peace on May 16th in Paris.

Living Together Conference in Düsseldorf

Date: August 30th - September 1st 2019 | Location: City Hall Düsseldorf & Lindner Congress Hotel

Second International Summit of the International Observatory of Mayors on Living Together for best practice exchange

After the sucess of the first conference of the Living Together council in Montréal 2015, the second iteration is held in Düsseldorf. Invited are Mayors of different cities which will get the unique opportunity to talk about socially influenced topics, current challenges and collectively take countermeasures.

International Representatives visiting Düsseldorf

Date: January 29th 2019 | Time: 07:00 - 08:30 pm | Location: City Hall Düsseldorf

New Year's Reception 2019

More than 50 international representatives of the Consular Corps attended the 20th New Year's Reception at the City Hall on Tuesday, 29 January 2019. Traditionally, Mayor Thomas Geisel welcomed them in the Jan Wellem Hall in the City Hall. Mayor Geisel looked back on the events of the past year, which moved Düsseldorf as an international city, and also revealed projects for this coming year: In the summer of 2019 Düsseldorf will be hosting the „International Observatory of Mayors on Living Together“. Mayors from cities all over the globe are coming together to share ideas and discuss current matters.

Mayor Geisel said: „With this kind of network we are showing that it is not only a federal duty to organize peaceful coexistance but cities all over the world are participating in this mission.“ Finally he explained: „For the state capital Düsseldorf and me personally the international alignment and exchange with cities and people from around the world is a key element of our municipal tasks.“

International cohesion through city partnerships

The year 2018 consisted of many encounters with Düsseldorf’s twin cities such as the 30th jubilee of the sister city partnership with Haifa, Reading and Chemnitz. Düsseldorf currently has eight partnerships with cities and regions and thus tries to promote international cohesion. Many people from both sides contribute to keeping the relations lively by participating in sports, culture and many more associated events. „The sister city partnerships are a real, cross-border, uniting citizens‘ movement“, emphasized Geisel. In the fall of 2019 the 30th anniversary of the sister city partnership between Düsseldorf and Warsaw will be celebrated with the „Warsaw Weekend“. Mayor Geisel will also participate in the traditional „Düsseldorf Days“ in Moscow this year.

Background International Düsseldorf

The state capital Düsseldorf is inhabited by more than 148.000 foreigners. Those foreigners come from over 170 states. Most of them, about 12.600 come from Turkey, followed by Greece (about 10.300) and Poland (about 9.200). Asia has played an important role in Düsseldorf for multiple generations: The city has around 6.000 citizens from Japan and more than 4.600 from China (as of November 2018). With around 450 japanese companies in the region and around 250 in Düsseldorf, the city is the one of the most important economic locations for Japan on the european continent.