Bogotá Mayor advances international co-operation agenda in the U.S.

 (L to R) Anita Chandy, Maria Rendo, Mariam Kahn, Divua Mathew, Chris Sluter, Kathleen Sherwin and Julia Fan; the directors of Women Deliver with Claudia Lopez, Mayor of Bogotá. (L to R) Anita Chandy, Maria Rendo, Mariam Kahn, Divua Mathew, Chris Sluter, Kathleen Sherwin and Julia Fan; the directors of Women Deliver with Claudia Lopez, Mayor of Bogotá.
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The Mayor of Bogotá, Claudia López, has kicked off her international tour in fine form as she visits New York City to discuss some very promising new projects that she has been cooking up in the city of Bogotá. At the top of her agenda on this eye-opening excursion to the Bloomberg Foundation and Harvard University, is to launch her international co-operation agenda with some of New York’s brightest minds. Mayor Lopez joins former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg alongside 38 mayors from around the world to discuss the academic agenda. From there, Mayor López will visit Columbia University, where she unveiled an ambitious and forward-thinking new District Care System. The first of its kind in Latin America. 

Mayor López has been quite busy meeting with several like-minded contemporaries, such as the Director of Women Deliver, Kathleen Sherwin and several other directors of the organisation. They discussed the challenges to the gender agenda, the progress being made, and the challenges they face going forward. The Bogotá Mayor presented the District Care System, which promises to become a pioneering benchmark for leading gender policies in the region. 

From there, in the Council of the Americas, the Mayor spoke on behalf of her city to attract investment in Bogotá. The audience held many notable companies of prestige, such as Estee Lauder, MasterCard, GuyCarp, Citi, Sumitomo Corp, Marsh, Organon, McEnroy, Mitsui, SP Global, Uber, Gilead, Prudential, Medtronic, Abbey Field Group, to name a few.  The mayor had the job of presenting the various projects being carried out in the city that could use some more funding. Not only in the hopes of strengthening competitiveness or facilitating the city's recovery after the pandemic, but to raise the quality of life of the very people the mayor represents.  

 This Friday the Mayor of Bogotá, Claudia López, will hold meetings with high-level officials from the US Department of State, the United States Agency for International Development - USAID and the Inter-American Development Bank - IDB. 

 Next on her itinerary, Mayor López will visit the State Department, where she will meet with Katrina Fotovat, a senior official at the Secretariat for Global Women's Affairs, and Varina Winder, Senior Policy Advisor for the same organisation. At the United States Agency for International Development - USAID, she will sit down with Acting Assistant Administrator Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Peter Natiello and at the Inter-American Development Bank – the IDB. There, she will meet with its president, Mauricio Claver- Clarone. 

As if that wasn’t enough, Mayor López will round off her tour with a visit to the Colombian Ambassador to the United States, Juan Carlos Pinzón. The Mayor of Bogotá will tour a few other points of interest where she will speak with other influential movers and shakers. Among them is Adam Isaacson, from the Washington Office for Latin American Affairs - WOLA ; with Mariam Jalloul - Legislative Director of MP Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; with Cinthia Larnson, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars - Wilson Center; and Joaquin Monserrate, Director of Andean Affairs of the Department of State. All things considered, a very productive and enlightening visit to the capital of the world.