On 6 May, the MGG network carried out a national network meeting in Mexico City with more than 30 participants at the historic premises of the Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana (UAM). The conference connected the participants of the MGG Academy across different batches (since 2007), members of the MGG team at the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), UAM, invited guest speakers as well as representatives of the German Embassy in Mexico. Amid diverging international perspectives on Russia’s invasion in Ukraine, the participants discussed the implications of the war on international cooperation and sustainable development. It also served as an opportunity to develop potential contributions of transnational networks on fair and open communications in increasingly polarised settings. The discussion was followed by an internal exchange on the developments in the MGG programme, upcoming initiatives and ideas on how to strengthen the network in Mexico and beyond.