Miami-Dade County has joined Florida International University’s Institute for Public Management and Community Service to sponsor the XVIII Inter-American Conference of Mayors and Local Authorities from June 18 to June 21. The four-day conference will be held at the Hilton Miami Downtown, 1601 Biscayne Boulevard. Other sponsors include The World Bank and the Global Crisis Foundation.
The annual conference provides a forum for representatives of local, regional and national governments, NGOs, various international and multilateral organizations, and all of those interested in local government issues to share experiences and discuss best practices. The event has become the oldest and largest annual gathering of Latin American local government officials, bringing together mayors, local government council people and administrators, representatives of major international organizations and non-governmental organizations to address pressing issues of local government and democratic institution building. Last year’s conference was attended by more than 550 participants, representing almost every country of the hemisphere. The initial hemispheric conference was held in Washington, D.C. in 1994, but after significant increase in the international participation of mayors during the second conference hosted by Miami-Dade County, Commissioner Javier D. Souto and FIU’s Dr. Allan Rosenbaum and Cristina A. Rodriguez-Acosta spearheaded efforts to make Miami the permanent home of the Inter-American Conference of Mayors.
“The conference provides an important boost to the Miami-Dade County economy by bringing more than 600 leaders from throughout Latin America, who in turn will promote our County as an important destination for business and leisure,” said Commissioner Souto. “The Inter-American Conference of Mayors solidifies our role as the crossroads of the hemisphere and strengthens democratic institutions throughout the hemisphere.”
This year’s conference theme, “A New Local Agenda: Democracy, Economic Development, and Environmental Sustainability,” will focus on new challenges to the world economy created by complexities in job creation, sustainable and equitable economic development, poverty reduction, climate change, and other issues. Both Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez and Commissioner Souto will be participating in the event.
“I’m excited to join Commissioner Souto in welcoming our Latin American counterparts to Miami-Dade County for three days of constructive talks,” said Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “With our different experiences and backgrounds, we can learn a lot from each other and apply that newfound knowledge to our shared goals.”
Both Mayor Gimenez and Commissioner Souto will be delivering opening remarks on June 19. For further information regarding the conference, please visit www.ipmcs.fiu.edu.