Mayors and government representatives from around the world will converge on Melbourne in September for the annual Global Cities Dialogue General Assembly. The GCD is an open framework of member cities for policy debate and action based on the principles and commitment of the Helsinki Declaration. The GCD has its origins in the Stockholm Challenge Award, a non-profit initiative of the City of Stockholm in partnership with the European Commission. DG INFSO's representative in Melbourne is M. Parajon Collada, Deputy Director General.