Mayor Garcetti Launches Bold New Initiative to Drive Sustainable Development in Advance of 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Mayor Garcetti Launches Bold New Initiative to Drive  Sustainable Development in Advance of 2028 Olympic and Paralympic Games

Cities Around the World Join Forces under “Global Ambition, Local Action” to Rapidly Improve of the Lives of Their Citizens

Los Angeles, 5 February 2018 –  Mayor Eric Garcetti has joined leaders from around the world to work towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in advance of the 2028 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games.  In 2015, world leaders agreed to these 17 goals for a better world by 2030. Cities and local governments now have the power and the responsibility to take action towards the goals to end poverty, fight inequality, and stop climate change.

City leaders came together at Occidental College today from LA, Bogotá, Bristol UK, Mumbai, Nairobi, New York, and San Jose for the first-ever “Global Ambition – Local Action” (GAL.A.) summit to strategize on how to most effectively meet the SDGs. Mayor Garcetti’s keynote can be seen here.

“We salute Mayor Garcetti’s trailblazing steps today – and we encourage him to enroll LA into the SDG Compacts,” said Dr. Paul Zeitz, Co-Founder of SDG Compacts & the Sustainable Development Games. “Los Angeles is poised to lead cities and local governments ready for bold action in the US and around the world to deliver transformational progress for their citizens.”

SDG Compacts will recruit biennial commitments from city and local government leaders throughout the world to ensure SDG targets are met in the race to achieve sustainable development by 2030. An SDG Compact is intended to spark a mobilization of universities, businesses, civic groups, and residents in a movement of civic action. By joining forces, local residents can mobilize additional resources, generate innovative solutions, and build social cohesion in the community. For example, if adopted in Los Angeles, a SDG Compact could catalyze Los Angelinos to rapidly reduce poverty and homelessness, which currently afflicts of 25% of city residents, by aligning their efforts to time-bound, measurable targets.

Mayor Garcetti has accelerated justice and equity for Los Angeles residents through initiatives in racial justice, economic justice, gender equality, and climate smart programs. Notable efforts include LA’s first-ever Sustainable City “pLAn,” the Great Streets Initiative, and a dedicated strategy to address homelessness. He has also promoted collaboration throughout the country and the world, including through the development of the Climate Mayors Network, in which 391 U.S. mayors and local leaders agreed to meet aggressive carbon reduction targets to strive for compliance with the Paris Climate Treaty.

For more information about SDG Compacts, visit www.sdgcompacts.org and follow @SDGCompacts on Twitter.

For media inquiries, contact paul.zeitz@globaldevincubator.org.

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