Mayor Eric Garcetti with International Mayors on COVID-19 Response
Mayor Garcetti, in his role as Chair of C40, hosted a video conference with over 45 Mayors from 31 countries to share what they have learned from responding to the COVID-19 crisis in their cities.
Mayor of Milan Giuseppe Sala reported key messages and recommendations from the one-month long experience of containment measures.
Mayor of Seoul Won-soon Park spoke about the city’s proactive and innovative containment efforts of COVID-19.
Mayor of Freetown Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr commented on the contextual challenges of preparing for a pandemic in a low resource, densely populated urban setting.
Mayor Garcetti stated: “One thing has been clear since the beginning of this pandemic, this is a global crisis. The COVID-19 outbreak does not respect state borders or national boundaries. It affects all of us no matter where we come from or what language we speak.”
Separately this week Mayor Garcetti also spoke out against xenophobia and discrimination against Asian-Americans.
“This challenge crosses borders and so do our friendships. Even as we distance ourselves let us not abandon our values. We cannot accept xenophobia whether it is what we’ve seen on college campuses or in Asian American owned businesses or immigrant neighborhoods. We can never lose sight of who we are and the fellow human beings that are in need of connection, support and strength.”
Read our recent post on this topic HERE.