2004 Adopted Resolutions
72nd Annual Meeting

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WHEREAS, the United States Conference of Mayors supports the goals and mission of Glocal Forum, a globally based, non-profit organization headquartered in Rome, Italy and in Washington, DC.; and

WHEREAS, the Glocal Forum is a non-governmental organization, created in 2001, which works for a new balance between global and local forces by emphasizing the central role of cities in the world; and

WHEREAS, the vision of Glocal Forum, Globalization, is an innovative strategy focusing on global issues by empowering local communities, encouraging global powers to have a broader respect for local powers and cultural diversity; and

WHEREAS, the Glocal Forum promotes economic development and peace- building activities through city-to-city relationships, youth empowerment and information technology; and

WHEREAS, the Glocal Forum believes that cities have a central role in international relations and that mayors are poised to become the new diplomats of our world because they are able to effectively mobilize the good will, energy and expertise of their civil societies to contribute to peaceful dialogue and cultural exchange; and

WHEREAS, the Glocal Forum supports city-to-city networks by connecting them to the resources of the private and public sector thus utilizing this global coalition of international organizations and private sector companies to harness resources and address local needs; and

WHEREAS, the Glocal Forum believes that young people play an important role in the support and growth of cities, and a defining role in the future development of our world; and

WHEREAS,  The Global Youth Parliament (GYP), created by the Glocal Forum and the World Bank Institute, is a global-local network of youth representing their cities, which encourages and facilitates the participation of young people in local government, city-to-city networking, and peace building initiatives; and

WHEREAS, the Glocal Forum, in partnership with Quincy Jones Listen Up Foundation, is launching a new campaign called “We are the Future,” designed to secure a better future for children in areas of conflict around the world, with the objective of creating child centers for children living in conflict and post-conflict cities, and supported by a global coalition of cities and major public and private sector organizations; and

WHEREAS, The U.S. Conference of Mayors participated in the Glocal Forum, held in Rome, Italy, May 16-17, 2004, and had the opportunity to observe firsthand the work of the Glocal Forum; and

WHEREAS, United States mayors who participate with Glocal Forum will be invited to participate in the annual Globalization Conference in Rome, Italy, and in other Glocal Forums,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the United States Conference of Mayors supports the mission and goals of Glocal Forum and will participate in the activities and programs, as appropriate for the mayors and cities of the United States.