POSTED: Wednesday April 29th 2009
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAYOR RICHARD M. DALEY AND MAYOR SAMUEL MORENO ROJAS OF BOGOTA, COLOMBIA, SIGN CHICAGOâ€™S 28TH SISTER CITIES PARTNERSHIP
The 28th Sister City
On Tuesday, April 28, 2009, the City of Bogotá, Colombia, became Chicago’s 28th Sister City. Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Mayor Samuel Moreno Rojas, Bogotá, Distrito Capital, signed the agreement during the inaugural Chicago Global Cities Forum before 28 global municipal leaders at the University of Illinois at Chicago Forum Building, 745 W. Roosevelt St. The signing marks Chicago’s first Sister City agreement with a South American city.
Bogota becomes our 28th Sister City, and the first of what I hope will be many others in South America,” said Mayor Richard M. Daley. It can serve as a gateway for cooperation between Chicago and Colombia that will help us further develop our ties with such cities as Cartagena and Medellin, whose Mayors are here attending the conference. This relationship will also be very important to Chicago’s Colombian community. There are more than 40,000 Colombian-Americans in the Chicago area, who are a very important part of our city’s cultural fabric.
Bogotá, known as the “Athens of South America” for its scholarly tradition and sheer number of schools, colleges, universities and libraries, shares Chicago’s dedication to public education initiatives. Among other similarities, including a diverse ethnic population base, Bogotá and Chicago are both strong business and economic centers—Chicago home to the world’s futures and options exchange, the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, and Bogotá home to many commercial bank headquarters, as well as Colombia’s main stock exchange.
Bogotá will serve as a gateway for exchange between Chicago and Colombia to foster more opportunities for greater understanding and mutual improvement.
The formation of a committee of citizen volunteers in Chicago to generate projects between Chicago and Bogotá will provide a means for residents in both cities to implement exchanges of education, culture, medicine, social services, environment and technology, and to promote mutual prosperity.
As mayors and leaders of municipal government, we share the same challenges, regardless of differences in culture, religion and government,” said Mayor Richard M. Daley. The many of you from Chicago’s Sister Cities know what an important role that program plays in helping us make sure our cities continue to move forward, particularly in these hard economic times. Chicago Sister Cities is our best ambassador to the world, using people-to-people and cultural exchanges to improve our city at every level.
About the Chicago Global Cities Forum:
Mayor Richard M. Daley and Chicago Sister Cities International convened nearly 30 mayors and municipal leaders from cities around the world for the inaugural Chicago Global Cities Forum, April 27-29, 2009. During the three-day conference, municipal leaders from cities including Moscow, Paris, Dubai, Bangkok, Beijing, Bogota, Reykjavik, Athens and Prague, discuss critical urban issues, including facing the global economic crisis, urban planning and investing in human capital.
About Chicago Sister Cities International:
The Chicago Sister Cities International Program provides leadership to develop, manage, and coordinate comprehensive programs and projects with Chicago’s sister cities. It aims to increase international trade, promote economic development and support exchanges in the fields of culture, education, medicine, social services, environment, and technology with its sister cities for the benefit of the City of Chicago, its residents and businesses. For more information about the Chicago Sister Cities International Program, please call (312) 744-2172 or visit www.chicagosistercities.com.
Chicago’s other sister cities include: Accra, Ghana; Amman, Jordan; Athens, Greece; Belgrade, Serbia; Birmingham, England; Busan, Korea; Casablanca, Morocco; Delhi, India; Durban, South Africa; Galway, Ireland; Gothenburg, Sweden; Hamburg, Germany; Kyiv, Ukraine; Lahore, Pakistan; Lucerne, Switzerland; Mexico City, Mexico; Milan, Italy; Moscow, Russia; Osaka, Japan; Paris, France; Petach Tikva, Israel; Prague, Czech Republic; Shanghai and Shenyang, China; Toronto, Canada; Vilnius, Lithuania; and Warsaw, Poland.
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