June 26, 2008
Mayor Bloomberg, New York City
Global Partners and Columbia University Host Urban Public Health and
Climate Change Summit
Mayor Cites new study linking sustainable development to improved public health;
Nobel Prize-winner Rajendra K. Pachauri to address officials from 30 cities
Today Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and New York City Global Partners, together with Columbia University, began a two-day international meeting of government officials and policymakers from 30 cities to address urban public health issues related to global warming. The “Public Health and Climate Change: The Urban Policy Connection” summit commenced today at Columbia University, and continues tomorrow, Friday, June 27, at City Hall.
The summit began with a keynote address by Mayor Bloomberg, followed by two panel discussions on responses to urban public health challenges caused by climate change with public officials from Sao Paulo, New York, Toronto, Mexico City and Copenhagen.
The luncheon speaker was Rajendra K. Pachauri, chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize. In the afternoon, as well as on Friday morning, invited participants shared their expertise and experiences in developing and implementing integrated plans for addressing the urban public health consequences of climate change.