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Max Bouchet in conversation with city diplomat Henri-Paul Normandin

Cross-border networks and city-to-city diplomacy are essential for achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, argue Max Bouchet and Henri-Paul Normandin, director of international relations for the city of Montreal.

Having worked for the Canadian Foreign Service for many years, diplomat Henri-Paul Normandin is an expert on city networking and reaffirms its value also for local communities. Throughout their conversation it becomes very clear that global issues often affect each and everyone of us and thus need to also be tackled at a very local level, hand in hand with partner cities and respective networks.

You can watch the video of this stimulating virtual discussion below and read the full article on the Brookings homepage here.

Max has also co-organised sessions on the topic of city diplomacy with his fellow GDL members at the GDL prE-Summit as well as the Bled Strategic Forum.


Conversations@BrookingsGlobal with Henri-Paul Normandin

Published on January 1, 2021.

About Max Bouchet

Max is a research analyst conducting research on building stronger and more inclusive city-region economies and is eager to support local leaders implementing the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Max Bouchet
Max Bouchet is a senior policy analyst and project manager at the Brookings Institution, affiliated with the Center for Sustainable Development and the Global Economy & Development Programme.

Connecting with scholars, diplomats, businesses, city and community leaders from countries of the Global South and North, he researches the making of stronger local communities. He co-manages the Brookings SDG Leadership Cities network to develop relationships and solutions with city leaders to advance sustainability and inclusion. Passionate about the role of local governments in addressing global challenges, Max works to elevate the leadership and innovative power of cities in multilateral diplomacy.

Over 2018-2020, Max combined his research on global cities with a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship (Global Governance Futures 2030) and a Policy Center for the New South Fellowship (Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leader). Previously, he was chief analyst of Conway, Inc., an Atlanta-based economic development consulting firm. Max graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Paris, France) with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs.

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Read more about his vision on city-to-city diplomacy here.

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Max Bouchet
Max Bouchet is a senior policy analyst and project manager at the Brookings Institution, affiliated with the Center for Sustainable Development and the Global Economy & Development Programme.

Connecting with scholars, diplomats, businesses, city and community leaders from countries of the Global South and North, he researches the making of stronger local communities. He co-manages the Brookings SDG Leadership Cities network to develop relationships and solutions with city leaders to advance sustainability and inclusion. Passionate about the role of local governments in addressing global challenges, Max works to elevate the leadership and innovative power of cities in multilateral diplomacy.

Over 2018-2020, Max combined his research on global cities with a Robert Bosch Foundation Fellowship (Global Governance Futures 2030) and a Policy Center for the New South Fellowship (Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leader). Previously, he was chief analyst of Conway, Inc., an Atlanta-based economic development consulting firm. Max graduated from the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po Paris, France) with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Public Affairs.

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Read more about his vision on city-to-city diplomacy here.

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