Mayor signs MOU with Mexico City on climate action, economic development

Mayor Ed Murray signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Mexico City’s Chief of Government, Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa, Ph.D. The MOU pledges cooperation on trade and the economy, information technology, clean technology, creative industries, education, people-to-people exchanges, and other fields of common interest. Additionally, the MOU calls for collaboration on climate action, support of businesses that aim to grow in the two cities, and staff-level exchanges.

“Seattle has a growing international profile and solidifying our relationship with Mexico City gives us the opportunity to collaborate with a place that shares many of our goals and values,” said Mayor Murray. “As we reaffirm that Seattle continue to be a welcoming city, we want to strengthen our ties with our partners around the world. These partnerships allow us to learn from each other and work on areas of mutual benefit, such as economic development and fighting climate change.”

The MOU spells out the two cities’ “intention to foster closer economic and cultural ties,” and came about as part of their participation in the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. The two cities will:

  1. Promote learning from each other on issues such as climate action, carbon emissions reduction and environmental protection;
  2. Cooperate on a host of key issues facing both cities, including trade and the economy, information technology, and more;
  3. Support businesses with interest in expansion or investment in either city;
  4. Engage in regular communications at the staff level; and
  5. Create a framework for closer relations in the future.

This is the fourth MOU signed by Mayor Murray since taking office. In 2015, Mayor Murray signed  MOUs with Vice Mayor Tang Jie and Mayor Xu Qin both of Shenzhen, China relating to sustainable development and economic growth. Mayor Murray also signed an MOU with Mayor Zhang Hongming of Hangzhou, China in May 2016 to support the promotion of technology and innovation.

Mayor Murray is attending the C40 Mayor’s Summit in Mexico City this week to work with mayors from around the world on urban solutions to climate change and foster closer relationships with U.S. mayors as they work to meet the goals of the Paris agreement.

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