San Jose, Costa Rica

19 April 2018

Secretary-General's video message to General Assembly of the Union of Capital Cities of Ibero-America, 19-20 April

It is a pleasure to greet the General Assembly of the Union of Capital Cities of Iberoamerica and leaders of the United Cities and Local Governments.
 
Mayors and local governments have vital roles to play in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, combatting climate change and making cities safer, healthier and more inclusive.
 
You can increase ambition on climate mitigation and adaptation, and help your national government to bend its emission curve. 
 
You also have the power to provide life-saving services to migrants and refugees.
 
Cities can be engines of economic, social and environmental transformation.
 
I count on you to develop innovative policies to implement our common goals.
 
Thank you for your commitment, and please accept my best wishes for a successful gathering.
 
Gracias y obrigado.