IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2001

Conference Sponsors Second Transatlantic Mayors' Summit in Berlin, Germany May 20-22
Mayors from Germany, France, and U. S. to Discuss Impact of ‘Immigration in the Era of Globalization’

German, French and American Mayors will come together May 20-22 in Berlin, Germany for the Second Transatlantic Mayors Summit. Some thirty Mayors who represent diverse social and economic constituencies will discuss the impact of globalization on immigration and cultural diversity in cities and the opportunities and challenges this new and dynamic force in cities presents to its leaders. A list of participating Mayors follows this advisory.

The Summit series is being organized through a partnership between the Aspen Institute Berlin, Institut Aspen France, and the United States Conference of Mayors. Major foundation and corporate sponsors of the event include the German Marshall Fund of the United States, American Airlines, and ONDEO Services (including United Water, Lyonnaise des Eaux, and Eurawasser).

The Berlin meeting is the second in a series of three Summits (the third and final Summit will be held in Washington, DC in 2002). The first summit, held in Lyon, France from April 6-8, 2000, marked the first serious multinational effort to develop international relationships on a local level rather than a national level, making this project particularly innovative. At the Lyon Summit, Mayors from the three countries discussed common issues, challenges and opportunities, established ties among their cities and gave an urban dimension to transatlantic relations. The focus of the Berlin Summit is a direct outgrowth of the dialogues at Lyon last year.

Other issues to be discussed at the Summit include developing metropolitan workforces by filling the ‘skills gap,’ strengthening public safety in cities, and the impact of creating innovative housing and transportation policies to improve quality of life for city residents.

PRESS MUST REGISTER TO ATTEND THIS MEETING. Please complete the online press registration form and return to Jubi Headley NO LATER THAN MAY 15 by fax at (202) 293-2352, or after that by e-mail to jheadley@usmayors.org.

For The United States Conference of Mayors, this initiative is one in a series of international exchanges in the "Cities 2000" initiative. The Conference launched the "Cities 2000" initiative in 1999 to promote the role of cities in the international economic and political arena, and to facilitate the exchange of metropolitan best practices and strategies across continents. To date, exchanges have occurred with Mayors and other dignitaries in cities in the African nations of Ghana and Senegal ; the cities of Kitakyushu and Tokyo, Japan; Lyon, Buenos Aires, Argentina; and Jerusalem, Israel. Syposiums in London, England and other cities are planned over the coming year.

For more information, contact:
Jubi Headley, U. S. Conference of Mayors, (202) 861-6766 (office) or (202) 744-9337 mobile
Steven Sokol, Aspen Institute Berlin, (49) 30 80 48 90 0

The United States Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are about 1,100 such cities in the country today. Each city is represented in the Conference by its chief elected official, the mayor.

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