Global cities drive political, social, and economic policies and solve critical world challenges. The following two panels are part of the Chicago Forum on Global Cities. This three-day forum, hosted by The Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Financial Times, will bring together leaders in the major pillars of urban life–business innovators, education visionaries, cultural luminaries, civic pioneers–to discuss how they can collaborate to improve their cities, and the world. Join us for this afternoon session that includes two panel discussions on the following topics:
Inclusive Cities: Poverty, Youth, and Immigration
Global cities attract diverse populations from around the world, including high-skilled workers, families, artists, students, and other jobseekers. What policies have cities adopted to encourage a culture of inclusion so that their populations are free from discrimination based on age, gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disabilities, or special needs? How are global cities managing the challenges and opportunities presented by such a socially and economically diverse population? What is the economic benefit to the city to invest in inclusive policies?
Panel discussion is preceded by a flash talk by George Martine.
Salomon Chertorivski Woldenberg, Secretary of Economic Development, Mexico City
Arne Duncan, Secretary, US Department of Education
Boubker Mazoz, Founder and President, Sister Cities Africa
Ratna Omidvar, Executive Director, Global Diversity Exchange, Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University
Kasim Reed, Mayor, City of Atlanta
Moderated by Tony Barber, Europe Editor, Financial Times
Providing Health Care
The diversity of a global city requires a comprehensive – and forward thinking – public health plan. Providing access to care, preparing for health concerns such as pandemics or epidemics, and building a competitive health care industry are all critical responsibilities of a global city. What solutions can be implemented to ensure residents are provided with superior health care and benefitting from the riches of living in a global city? To what degree are urban violence and crime a public health concern?
Harry L. Leider, Chief Medical Officer and Group Vice President, Walgreens Boots Alliance
Stephen Lewis, Codirector, AIDS-Free World
Olufunmilayo I. Olopade, Associate Dean for Global Health, University of Chicago
Gary Slutkin, Founder and CEO, Cure Violence
Moderated by Megan Murphy, Washington Bureau Chief, Financial Times
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