August 22, 2002

U.S. Mayors to Represent Local Governments During World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa

Washington, DC -- Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown will lead a group of American Mayors including Hempstead Mayor James Garner, Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors and Burlington Mayor Peter Clavelle during a ten-day U.N. World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, South Africa from August 26- September 4.

Earlier this week, President Bush also selected Mayor James Garner of Hempstead to serve as an official U.S. delegate to the Summit.

The three participating U.S. mayors will share and exchange best practices with other local leaders from around the globe on a myriad of environmental and economic issues such as sustainable development practices at the local level, including redeveloping brownfields, implementing smart growth strategies, preserving farmlands, reducing greenhouse gasses, and assuring safe and clean drinking water.

"Despite steady increases in the wealth of many countries, key measures of global environmental health show alarming deterioration," said Oakland Mayor Jerry Brown. "I believe that local leaders, joining with non-governmental organizations throughout the world, can advance the cause of environmental and social justice."

"I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to serve as a delegate during this year's World Summit," said Hempstead Mayor James Garner, Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. "Though Hempstead may be thousands of miles away from South Africa, we share many of the same concerns with our friends there and from all around the world. By bringing together the heads of government, the business community and other major groups under one roof, we can initiate a meaningful exchange of ideas and solutions to some of the world's most pressing problems."

The Johannesburg Summit 2002 - the World Summit on Sustainable Development - is spearheaded by the United Nations and will bring together tens of thousands of international participants, including: heads of state and government, national delegates and leaders from non-governmental organizations, businesses and other major groups. The overall Summit will focus on global environmental challenges and solutions, including conserving the world's natural resources under a rapidly growing population, with ever-increasing demands for food, water, shelter, sanitation, energy, health services and economic security.

For more information on the World Summit, please visit their site at:

Travel arrangements for the mayors are made possible by the generous support of American Airlines.


The U.S. Conference of Mayors is the official nonpartisan organization of cities with populations of 30,000 or more. There are 1,139 such cities in the country today. Its chief elected official, the mayor, represents each city in the Conference. The primary roles of the Conference of Mayors are to promote the development of effective national urban/suburban policy; strengthen federal-city relationships; ensure that federal policy meets urban needs; provide mayors with leadership and management tools; and create a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information.

Lina Garcia


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