Mayors from cities around the world gathered at Columbia University to participate in the first of a two-day summit on "Governing a Diverse City in a Democratic Society," convened by New York City Global Partners in partnership with Columbia University's World Leaders Forum and the New York Immigrant Coalition. The forum was the inaugural event for New York City Global Partners, formerly the Sister City Program of New York, led by Marjorie Tiven, New York's Commissioner of the United Nations, Consular Corps and Protocol.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg delivered the morning's keynote address, followed by two panel discussions that featured the leadership of key health, social services, and education agencies in his administration, highlighting practices and programs that have made New York City one of the most immigrant-inclusive, service-oriented cities in the world.
"Mayor Bloomberg's policies reflect the understanding that new immigrants have always been essential to New York's dynamism and success—to our very identity as a city that's an engine for new ideas and economic opportunity for people from across the world," noted Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger in introducing the mayor. Former Mayor David N. Dinkins, a professor of public policy at Columbia's School of International and Public Affairs, and a member of New York City Global Partners, welcomed participants to the day's events on Columbia's Morningside Heights campus.