Posted on 06/13/2022

LOS ANGELES — Mayor Eric Garcetti celebrated a successful Summit of the Americas, in which Los Angeles shared the world stage with leaders from across the Western Hemisphere and led several meetings and events on issues ranging from climate change, immigration, and resilience. 

“Los Angeles was proud to welcome leaders from across the Americas to focus on our shared goal of building a sustainable, resilient, and equitable future,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “The Summit gave us the opportunity to share ideas and strategies with our global partners — and I look forward to seeing its impact in our cities and countries.”

The Summit of the Americas, which was held in Los Angeles for the first time and in the United States for the first time since its inaugural convening in Miami, FL in 1994, brought considerable economic activity to the region. Visitors for the Summit booked an estimated 20,000 hotel room nights for an economic impact of more than $15 million.

"Once again, Los Angeles did an amazing job of hosting a major event; but more importantly, the hotels, the venues and the people of Los Angeles showed the rest of the world why we are such a great city to visit," said Doane Liu, Chief Tourism Officer of the City of Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Declaration on Migration and Protection will strengthen the region’s commitment to humane, practical and orderly migration. Los Angeles will continue working with federal, state, and NGO partners to address migration with dignity and respect.

The Los Angeles Declaration follows an announcement by the U.S. State Department of an inaugural Cities Summit of the Americas, to be hosted in Denver, Colorado next year, as well as the Cities Forward initiative, focused on supporting city-led partnerships throughout the region on key sustainability, equity and resilience issues.  

During the Summit, Mayor Garcetti met with the President of Chile Gabriel Boric, and signed a memorandum of understanding to support collaboration on water conservation and share strategies both governments have undertaken to address drought.

To share best practices in public-private partnerships for climate at the local, national, and international levels, Mayor Garcetti participated in a roundtable discussion with Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry at the L.A. Cleantech Incubator (LACI) co-hosted by Global LA.

During the Summit, Global LA, a public-private partnership for inclusive international investment in Los Angeles, engaged with hundreds of companies to support responsible and sustainable economic development in the region. 

Mayor Garcetti also joined the U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar to celebrate the installation of the Wings of Mexico by artist Jorge Marín at the Griffith Observatory. The sculpture is a gift from L.A.’s sister city Mexico City and a symbol of friendship and unity between the cities and the United States and Mexico. 

The Ninth Summit of the Americas yielded actionable plans and partnerships for the United States, the City of Los Angeles, and the rest of the Western Hemisphere.

For photos of the Summit of the Americas, click here