PITTSBURGH, PA (May 28, 2020) Mayor William Peduto will be a speaker today in the closing session of the United Nations Ministerial Dialogue with Local and Regional Governments On Combining Climate Action with Economic Recovery.
The event is bringing together leaders from around the world to discuss commitments to the Paris Climate Accords and boosting economic activity and climate action in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor Peduto is the sole North American speaker in the closing session and is representing the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy and ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability during the online remarks. The Mayor is on the boards of both the Global Covenant and ICLEI USA.
The session is being broadcast on YouTube Live. He is scheduled to speak at 10:20 a.m.
Mayor Peduto will speak on efforts to boost climate-friendly manufacturing in industrial regions such as the Rust Belt; Pittsburgh's connections with sister city Wuhan, China; and the global leadership cities can provide in supporting both economies and climate change.
Other panelists in the closing session include: Emilia Saiz, Secretary General, United Cities and Local Governments; Mohamed Boudra, President of UCLG and Mayor of Al Hoceima, Morocco; Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director, UN-Habitat; Inger Andersen, Executive Director, UN Environment Programme; and Achim Steiner, UNDP Administrator.