On Wednesday, April 27, Walter Veltroni, mayor of Rome, will deliver a lecture titled "Aid and Development: The Role of Cities in International Cooperation" at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies. The event is part of the Academy's ongoing Lecture Series.
Veltroni, also former deputy prime minister, secretary general of the Democratic Party of the Left and former member of the Italian and European Parliaments, describes Rome as "a model of growth," one that can tie "urban renewal to new business opportunities and policies for the economic support of the weakest social groups." International cooperation, he contends, will allow cities to engage "actively in programs of solidarity and in the fight against hardship and poverty" and can work "toward building a civilization of peace, tolerance, respect for human rights, and the possibility for all people to lead dignified lives."
The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in the Teatro at the Italian Academy, 1161 Amsterdam Ave. (at 117 Street). This event is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call ( 212) 854-4997.