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June 19, 2008
Mayor Miller invited to share Toronto's climate change initiatives with two prominent groups of city leaders
  
Mayor David Miller has been asked to speak about what Torontonians are doing in the fight against climate change at two prominent gatherings of international municipal leaders.

On Friday, Mayor Miller will address the third annual Mayor's Hemispheric Forum and on Sunday, he will join President Bill Clinton and Mayors Richard Daley of Chicago and Antonio Villaraigosa of Los Angeles in a plenary session at the 76th annual U.S. Conference of Mayors. Both events are being held in Miami, Florida where Mayor Miller will be hosted by Mayor Manuel Diaz.

"These two events present Toronto with a unique opportunity to share with these mayors what our city is doing to combat the threat of climate change," said Mayor Miller. "Climate change is the issue of our time, possibly of all time, and cities are where real, tangible action can and is taking place. I'm incredibly proud of what we're doing in Toronto and these invitations are recognition that we are a world leader on environmental issues."

Mayor Miller will talk about Toronto's leadership in waste reduction and recycling, the greening of our fleet and city buildings, Transit City and about the Mayor's Tower Renewal Project which will bring energy efficiency, lower operating costs and reduced green house gas emissions to Toronto's aging apartment buildings.

Mayor Miller was recently appointed to a two-year term as Chair of the influential C40 Group of major world cities committed to tackling climate change.

** NB: Mayor Miller will be available by phone for print and radio interviews and in person for television stations with satellite affiliates in Miami.**

Media contact for these events in Miami:
Stuart Green, Office of Mayor Miller, 416-272-4280 or stugreen@toronto.ca


About the events:

Mayor's Hemispheric Forum
For the first time ever, the Mayor's Hemispheric Forum will be held in conjunction with the United States Conference of Mayors (USCM) annual meeting, bringing together almost 300 municipal government leaders. Mayor Diaz will assume the Presidency of the USCM at the organization's annual meeting.

At the Forum, a diverse and notable group of mayors from Latin America, the Caribbean, Canada, and the United States will share successful models to reduce poverty and exchange innovative ideas on energy reform, infrastructure, and digital literacy in a Microsoft sponsored session. A key part of the discussion will center on how cities can invest in sustainable development to elevate their global competitiveness.

Forum participants include the mayors of Bogota, Medellin, Mexico City, Monterrey, Chacao (Caracas), Port-au-Prince, Santo Domingo, Lima and Toronto, among others.

United States participants include the mayors of Chicago, Los Angeles, Trenton, Seattle, and Austin, among others.

Forum speakers include Emilio Azcarraga, Chairman and CEO of Grupo Televisa, and Eduardo Castro-Wright, President and CEO of Wal-Mart Stores US.

Representatives of multilateral financial institutions, namely the Andean Development Corporation (CAF) and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) will provide their expertise in financing development projects.

NOTE: Media interested in covering the event should send their name and the name of the media outlet they work for to Maria Morales, Public Relations Agent at mamorales@miamigov.com (305) 416-1449.

Articles on the Forum:
http://www.southfloridacaribbeannews.com/story.asp?ID=3983
http://www.miamigov.com/cms/comm/1724_5082.asp


The U.S. Conference of Mayors
The nation's mayors, led by Conference President and Trenton, NJ Mayor Douglas H. Palmer, will gather in Miami from June 20-24 for the 76th Annual Meeting of The United States Conference of Mayors (USCM), hosted by Mayor Diaz to debate national policy impacting America's cities and metropolitan areas.

With over 85% of people in the United States living in cities, mayors clearly understand how urban issues impact everyday Americans and believe these issues have been mostly overlooked in the presidential campaign. The economy, the foreclosure crisis, global warming and climate protection, vacant and abandoned properties, illegal guns and violent crime, the high school dropout rate and public education, ex-offender re-entry, and the 2010 Census are central items on the mayors' agenda.
During the meeting, the mayors will adopt policy recommendations on key issues to forward to Congress and the new Administration. Mayors know that despite their geographic location, cities large and small are plagued by the same challenges. They are calling on the presidential candidates, invited to the meeting, to address the mayors on the issues that most impact the lives of everyday Americans.

In addition to President Clinton, Sen. Obama will address the Conference. Sen. McCain has been invited.

This is the first annual gathering of the Conference to use 'green' practices in most aspects of the meeting. The hotel, evening events and some of the mayors' transportation will all use energy efficient practices with the goal of reducing carbon emissions.

An advance DRAFT agenda is located on the USCM website at http://www.usmayors.org.

NOTE: Media representatives interested in attending MUST PRE-REGISTER via the USCM website.


 

 

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