SUPPORT FOR CONTINUING INTERNATIONAL MAYORAL COOPERATION
WHEREAS, Mayor Manuel A. Diaz hosted the Third Hemispheric Mayors Forum, bringing U.S. mayors together with mayors of Central and South America, on June 19 and 20, 2008, in Miami, offering mayors the invaluable opportunity to network, share information, and discuss common challenges; and
WHEREAS, Mayor Richard M. Daley hosted the first U.S.-Arab Mayors Forum, held in Chicago in April 2008, bringing almost 50 mayors from 18 nations together to share best practices, exchange information, and build new relationships, and concluding with the signing of a Letter of Intent between the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Arab Towns Organization toexplore the possibility of future cooperation; and
WHEREAS, mayors across the United States are working to buildstrong and lasting relationships with their counterparts inother nations through Sister City programs, trade and investment, and other cooperative arrangements; and
WHEREAS, the U.S. Conference of Mayors cooperates with a variety of mayors’ associations in many nations, including Korea, Japan, Poland, Israel, China, Argentina, Namibia, France, Germany, and others; with international associations of mayors, including Metropolis, based in Barcelona, Spain; and with international bodies, such as UN-HABITAT,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the United States Conference of Mayors recognizes and reaffirms the great importance of mayor-to-mayor, city-to-city, and organization-to-organization relationships and commends the energy and vision of all U.S. mayors and those of other countries, who develop and contribute to the strengthening of these international bonds.