The idea that the era of nation states is past is not new. A number of experts believe that this model no longer works, because centralised authorities in many countries are incapable of solving general problems such as climate change, migration, terrorism, pandemics etc. According to the reports of scientists from several US universities and institutes, the future of humanity will depend not on states, but on large cities instead.
It cannot be ignored that at present, more than half of the Earth’s population lives in cities. Urbanisation is expected to continue, and by 2030 a third of the people will have moved to a larger city or town.
What is more, cities provide two thirds of the global GDP. Cities are also open, densely populated and cosmopolitan, while nation states are closed states. The good news is that many of the world’s cities find it much easier to deal with the very problems which their central governments cannot handle effectively.
A good example is the United Cities and Local Governments organisation, which ensures beter communication among separate communities. Along with this, there is the Global Parliament of Mayors, which encourages cities to take advantage of the decentralisation of power and make use of their sovereignty.