WHEREAS, the U.S. State Department seeks to strengthen relationships between mayors and the State Department through the creation of the Office of Global Intergovernmental Affairs; and
WHEREAS, the Obama Administration seeks to double American exports and promote international export financing; and
WHEREAS, the Obama Administration is increasing assistance to small- and medium-sized businesses to encourage new international trade, seeks to promote increased public-private partnerships and hope to increase city-to-city partnerships for economic development; and
WHEREAS, mayors and local government have an integral responsibility in implementing local solutions to global problems facing our planet; and
WHEREAS, the interdependence of countries and communities demonstrates the important role mayors and local government have to positive affect the world.
WHEREAS, the Government of the United States and the Government of Brazil signed a Memorandum of Understanding to Support State and Local Cooperation.
WHEREAS, the Government of the United States and the Government of Brazil signed a Memorandum of Understanding to Support the Organization of Major Global Sporting Events.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the U.S. Conference of Mayors seeks to strengthen cooperation between cities and the State Department to strengthen our nationís international ties, increase U.S. exports abroad, and grow foreign investment in U.S. cities, by engaging with Brazilian State and Local governments in cooperation surrounding major sporting events including the 2014 FIFA World Cup and the 2016 Olympic Games.