Investing in quality education is a global priority: Bogota Mayor at P4G summit

Investing in quality education is a global priority: Mayor at P4G summitPhoto: Bogotá's Mayor Office
In her speech, the mayor, Claudia López, also emphasized the great challenges that the world faces for the sustainable transformation process.

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The Mayor of Bogotá, Claudia López, took part in the opening of the 2023 P4G Colombia Summit, held in the Colombia's capital. P4G (Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030) is an international platform supporting the effective fulfillment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement, aiming to accelerate green market-based partnerships and alliances. This marks the first time this international event has been hosted in a Latin American country.

For this edition, the focus of discussion revolves around "Transformative Partnerships for Sustainability: Actions towards Green Growth and Life." During the event's opening, Mayor Claudia López pointed out that "What brings us together, this Public-Private Alliance for climate change worldwide, begins with a fair and relevant educational transition for the new generations, an economic transition to lead the millions of green, digital, and creative jobs that our youth need and desire."

During her address, the Mayor emphasized the significant challenges the world faces in the process of sustainable transformation, stressing that the key challenges and outcomes for climate change reside at the local level, where the best allies can be found to achieve direct results.


In this post from X social network the Mayor, Claudia Lopez, talks about the challenges of climate change:

In this context, she emphasized, for example, that "caring for people is the fundamental condition for safeguarding democracies, and safeguarding democracies is what is needed to save the planet. Dictators, populists, or strongmen won't accomplish that." Additionally, she underscored the role of women in this sustainable transformation process.

Mayor López took this opportunity to highlight the city's commitment to the "Care Blocks", a series of urban facilities where municipal social services are integrated to assist women caregivers. "The Care Blocks are designed to relieve them from the burden of care, to give them back time, self-esteem, education, and to provide them with opportunities for entrepreneurship and employment," she stated.

Another point raised by the Mayor was education. Regarding education, she insisted that in order to live happily in the world, there is an urgent need for an educational transition with short, relevant, and cost-effective educational cycles. According to her remarks, Bogotá contributes 25% of Colombia's GDP but needs to invest in the quality of education required by the women and young people of the city because an educational transition requires a transition in employment and entrepreneurship.

In the same vein, she stated that a global priority is investing in quality education: "Over the past three years, we have made investments to enable more than 36,000 of our young people to access various digital skills programs. Furthermore, we have rescued 126,000 micro-businesses in the city, reducing unemployment from 26% to 9%, and achieving the lowest informality rate in employment in the country."

In conclusion of her address, the Mayor emphasized the importance of Public-Private Partnerships, stating that social and productive inclusion, energy transition, and climate change require "Community Public-Private Partnerships that can synchronize objectives. These would be partnerships built on trust, investment, development, and inclusion."

The opening ceremony of the P4G Summit was attended by representatives from the national government, P4G's Executive Director, Robyn McGuckin, and the President of the National Business Association of Colombia (ANDI), Bruce Mac Master. The closing of this event will be presided over by Foreign Minister Álvaro Leyva Durán.

P4G (Partnering for Green Growth and the Global Goals 2030)

This a platform comprising 12 partner countries and five associated global organizations. Its aim is to provide grants and channel investments that benefit over 70 partnerships working in developing countries, with the goal of accelerating the implementation of five Sustainable Development Goals: Goal 2 (Zero Hunger), Goal 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), Goal 7 (Affordable and Clean Energy), Goal 11 (Sustainable Cities), and Goal 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production).

The 12 partner countries of P4G are: Bangladesh, Chile, Colombia, South Korea, Denmark, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Kenya, Mexico, the Netherlands, South Africa, and Vietnam. The five associated global organizations are: World Resources Institute (WRI), World Economic Forum (WEF), International Finance Corporation (IFC), Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), and C40 Cities.

In this video you can see the Mayor's intervention at the P4G Colombia 2023 Summit: