Online Event | Cities Summit - Human Mobility in the Americas: City-led Solutions

Online Event | Cities Summit - Human Mobility in the Americas: City-led Solutions

April 28, 2023




Within the framework of the Cities Summit of the Americas, CAF-Development Bank of Latin America-, Emerson Collective, the Inter-American Dialogue, and the Mayors Migration Council, invite you to this General Plenary session that offers an opportunity for mayors and other leaders to share city-based solutions to migrant and refugee inclusion, especially in times of significant or unexpected arrivals, and to identify areas in which different levels of government such as mayors, national governments, and multilateral financial institutions can better work together for more orderly, humane, and safe migration responses.

People are on the move throughout the Americas. While people are moving for different reasons ranging from the effects of the climate crisis to political instability to citizen insecurity, they share one thing in common – many are arriving in urban settings. Host cities face shared challenges and have common opportunities. They must receive the new residents and ensure their effective inclusion to become beneficial contributors to their new communities, and so they are not subject to further displacement.

Given this context, this session expects to:

  • Share of best practices regarding city-based approaches to effective inclusion of new populations in urban settings across the hemisphere in furtherance of the Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection.
  • Create and strengthening of relationships among key stakeholders in hemisphere-wide efforts to scale successful models of migrant inclusion in cities throughout the Americas.
  • Strengthen understanding of the value of investing in city-level migrant and refugee inclusion in host communities from financial institutions and the US Government.
  • Generate visibility for the array of broad opportunities created by effective inclusion of migrants in cities throughout the Americas, countering fear-based narratives around migration prevalent throughout the hemisphere.


Date: Friday, April 28th

Time: 3:45 P.M. - 5:15 P.M. (MST)

The event will be broadcasted on this site.


*Local time (of the country where you are located)
  • Introduction
    • Mike Fries Chair of the Biennial of the Americas / CEO of Liberty Global
  • Words by the Keynote Speaker
    • Anthony Blinken US Secretary of State
  • Remarks
    • John Hickenlooper Senator, Colorado
  • Panel Introduction
    • Julie Chávez Rodriguez Senior Advisor and Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Mayoral Panel

    Moderator: Lilia Luciano | CBS News

    • Jaime Pumarejo Heins Mayor of Barranquilla, Colombia
    • Bruce Harrell Mayor of Seattle, Washington
    • Claudia López Mayor of Bogotá
    • Yamileth López Obregón Mayor of Upala, Costa Rica
    • Brigid Shea Commissioner Travis County, Texas; Chair of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA (ICLEI USA)
    • Ángel Cárdenas General manager of urban development, water and creative economies, CAF -Development Bank of Latin America and the Caribbean-
  • Adjournment
    • Kevin O’Reilly US National Coordinator for the Summits of the Americas
    • Maria Garcia Berry Membro do Conselho, Bienal das Américas