Media advisory: Mayor Lightfoot and other leaders to speak on climate action in global cities

9 December 2022

AGU press contacts:
Samson Reiny, (202) 998-8654, [email protected] (UTC-5 hours)
Liza Lester, (202) 777-7494, [email protected] (UTC-5 hours)

WASHINGTON — Mayor Lightfoot will discuss Chicago’s Climate Action Plan and ongoing efforts to develop solutions for communities vulnerable to climate change at AGU’s Fall Meeting 2022. The mayor will give her remarks in a session focused on climate action in global cities that begins at 9 a.m. CST on Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Media are invited to attend the in-person session at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. Interested media must RSVP to [email protected] by 5 p.m. CST on Monday, Dec. 12.

Other leaders from around the world will also discuss how global cities are taking action on climate change.

Jaime Pumarejo, mayor of Barranquilla, Colombia, will discuss his city’s status as Colombia’s first “Biodivercity” — an urban area fully integrated with its local biodiversity — and steps being taken to reduce the social and economic impacts of climate change. Mayor Pumarejo will be available for questions from the media following the conclusion of his remarks at 9:35 a.m. CST.

Other panelists include:

  • Kunal Kumar, Joint Secretary & Mission Director, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, Government of India
  • Rafael Tuts, Director, Global Solutions Division, United Nations Human Settlements Programme

The session will be moderated by Dr. Ashish Sharma, Climate and Urban Sustainability Lead at the Discovery Partners Institute of the University of Illinois System.

Representatives from cross-connecting science, education and policy institutions will also discuss regional climate action in global cities and share their experiences, challenges, successes, and vision for inclusive growth for all sections of society.

View the entire session agenda here.

View the full press event schedule here. Media interested in attending any of those events must register separately at this link.


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