The “Cities in Motion” program selected Merida as one of the 24 cities to participate in a global initiative to support locations in Latin America, the Caribbean, and the US in creating sustainable, inclusive, and resilient futures. This will be achieved through the development of impactful local projects, the exchange of experiences and knowledge, and cooperation among cities.
This information was confirmed by the Secretary of the Municipality of Merida, Alejandro Ruz Castro, who highlighted that this collaboration initiative involves the US Department of State, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, Resilient Cities Catalyst, and the Institute of the Americas.
He explained that this project was launched during the Summit of the Americas’ Cities, and over 129 applications were received, with only 24 cities in the Americas selected. Therefore, the municipality is proud to participate in this program focused on urban sustainability, resilience, and inclusion.
He detailed that this climate change adaptation project is being carried out in coordination between the Sustainable Development Unit, through the Climate Change and International Relations Department, and the Economic Development Directorate through Circulo 47.
In addition to this project, the Yucatecan capital will have the opportunity to connect with other selected cities, including Ambato, Ecuador; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Cali, Colombia; Baltimore, Maryland; Cartagena, Colombia; Denver, Colorado; Fortaleza, Brazil; Hawaii County, Hawaii; Freeport, Bahamas; Coral Springs, Florida; Guatemala City, Guatemala; Dallas, Texas; Hermosillo, Mexico; Dubuque, Iowa; Manaus, Brazil; Stockton, California; Austin, Texas; Montego Bay, Jamaica; Hoboken, New Jersey; Renca, Chile; Evanston, Illinois; Rosario, Argentina; and Chattanooga, Tennessee.