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OAS to Co-Organize Meeting of Experts on Sustainable City and Community Development ahead of General Assembly in Guatemala

  June 1, 2013

The Organization of American States (OAS) will co-organize on Monday, June 3, in Antigua, Guatemala – the site of this week’s General Assembly of the organization - a meeting of city mayors, development planners, and civil society representatives to discuss the topic “Building Sustainable Cities and Communities in the Americas: Moving from Demonstration Projects to Scale.”

During the event, hosted by the Spanish Cooperation Training Center in Antigua and jointly organized by the Department of Sustainable Development of the OAS and the Permanent Missions of Guatemala and the United States, participants will discuss the challenges associated with rapid urbanization in the Americas and exchange best practices for the sustainable development of cities and communities.

The Secretary General of the OAS, José Miguel Insulza, will open the event, which will feature the participation of the Minister of Environment and Natural Resources of Guatemala, Marcia Roxana Sobenes García; the Executive Secretary for Integral Development of the OAS, Sherry Tross; the Permanent Representative of the United States to the OAS, Carmen Lomellin; and the Mayors of Puebla (Mexico), and Santa Catarina Pinula (Guatemala), among others.

The event forms part of the Sustainable Communities in Central America and the Caribbean initiative, which was launched under the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) in 2012 with support from the United States Department of State.

WHAT: Roundtable on “Building Sustainable Cities and Communities in the Americas: From Demonstration Projects to Scale”

WHEN: Monday June 3, 2013, 8:30 local time (14:30 GMT)

WHERE: Spanish Cooperation Training Center, Antiguo Colegio de la Compañia de Jesús
6th Av. North between 3rd and 4th St, La Antigua, uatemala

Reference: AVI-160/13