Photos: Mayor Richard M. Daley Welcomes International City Leaders to First-Ever Global Cities Forum

    Chicago, Bogota Sign Sister Cities Partnership

    CHICAGO, May 1 /CNW/ -- Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Chicago Sister
Cities International welcomed mayors and municipal leaders from around the
world for the first-ever Chicago Global Cities Forum on April 27-29.

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    The 2009 Forum opened on Monday, April 27, with the Richard J. Daley
Urban Forum, a public event, followed by two days of private discussion
focused on pathways to economic recovery, urban planning and human capital
initiatives. During this three-day summit, visiting municipal leaders
presented their city's own innovative strategies and exchanged ideas and "best
practices" on a number of topics.

    Nearly 30 mayors and municipal leaders attended the Forum including those
from Moscow, Paris, Dubai, Bangkok, Beijing, Bogota, Reykjavik, Athens and

    "As mayors and leaders of municipal government, we share the same
challenges. To secure our individual city's economic futures, we must remain
committed to fully participating in the global economy and continue to
overcome those challenges which have become greater in recent months," Mayor
Daley said.

    "The world has shifted from a collection of regional or national
economies to a truly global economy. The future well-being of cities depends
on how we plan for and deal with global inter-connection. We must make
cultural connections and expand our working relationships with global
partners," he said.

    On Tuesday, April 28, Mayor Daley and Mayor Samuel Moreno Rojas of
Bogota, Colombia, signed the first Sister Cities partnership between Chicago
and a South America city.

    "Bogota becomes our 28th Sister city, and the first of what I hope will
be many others in South America," said Mayor Daley, noting that more than
40,000 Colombian-Americans live in the Chicago area.

    A committee of Chicago volunteers is expected to generate business,
education and cultural affairs exchanges between the two cities. Mayor Moreno
Rojas reflected on the many shared experiences between Chicago and Bogota,
noting that Chicago's bid to host the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games had
many similarities to Bogota's bid for the 2015 Pan American Games.

    Specific outcomes of the Chicago Global Cities Forum discussion sessions
are available at

    Natalie Campbell, Chicago Sister Cities International, 312-744-2172
office, 312-718-1186, mobile,

    Lisa Xia, Chicago Sister Cities International, 312-744-9181, office,
614-439-8480, mobile,

    City of Chicago

For further information:

For further information: Natalie Campbell, +1-312-744-2172 office,
+1-312-718-1186, mobile,, Lisa Xia,
+1-312-744-9181, office, +1-614-439-8480, mobile,,
both of Chicago Sister Cities International Web Site:

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