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Bristol hosts Global Parliament of Mayors Summit

'Bristol Res' Blog • 25 October 2018

Over 80 mayors from around the world descended on Bristol earlier this week for the Global Parliament of Mayors Annual Summit. 

After being shown around the sites of Bristol the Mayors from a range of countries across Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania and the USA  debated and agreed actions to tackle some of the world’s most pressing challenges.
The summit focused on three main topics: migration, urban security and public health, whilst fringe events covered wider topics such as housing, transport, clean energy and innovation with technology.

The majority of the GPM members voted in favor of commitments and calls for national governments and international institutions to include and collaborate with city leaders. The voting led to the Bristol Declaration, which says that “citizens of the world need global governance to evolve, seeing cities and international networks sit alongside national and international leaders as equal partners in shaping global policy.”

Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees who hosted the event and was elected Executive Committee co-chair said that the Bristol Declaration was the “first mass public commitment from mayors to implement the Global Compact for Migration and the Global Compact on Refugees,” calling the Summit a “watershed moment.”

To read the Bristol Declaration in full Click here.

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Further expansion at the popular Wapping Wharf  

Wapping Wharf which has established itself as the go-to destination on Bristol’s Harbourside is set to expand further.

Currently Wapping Wharf consists of the successful residential development Anchorage and highly popular Cargo 1 and Cargo 2. The Cargo’s are a collection of independent restaurants and shops housed in shipping containers positioned around Gaol Ferry Steps.

The latest development will see modern quirky work-space added to the area.  Umberslade the developers behind Cargo are converting 90 shipping containers within the stone walls of a disused warehouse on the corner of Wapping Road and Cumberland Road.

Under the plans, the walls of the former J S Fry warehouse, which used to be part of the old Bristol Gaol, will be restored and a work-space built inside.

Work on the scheme will begin before Christmas and is expected to be completed towards the end of 2019.

Stuart Hatton, director at developers Umberslade, says the company will be using the shipping containers as “building blocks” to create “a unique, building with a real industrial dockside feel about it.”  He added ”We have been overwhelmed by the way Bristol has embraced Wapping Wharf, so it’s fantastic to be able to expand into the work-space sector, meeting the strong demand from businesses for a high-quality, unique working environment in the very heart of the city.

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