Des Moines Mayor Frank Cownie recently attended a meeting at the United Nations in New York City where he was presented as a member of the United States Conference of Mayors.
During the meeting, Cownie led a delegation of local and regional representatives from the Global Task Force, according to a press release.
During the meeting, several topics were discussed, including the report of the Independent Panel to enhance the effectiveness of UN-Habitat.
“Our biggest asset is the inspiration, vision and capacity that stem from the principles of Agenda 21 for sustainability that were adopted in Rio in 1992, which rolled out in thousands of communities worldwide since then - including my city Des Moines, in Iowa,” Cownie said in the release. “Let´s be clear - time for negotiation of sustainability is already over. We don’t have to invent the wheel again – integrated, sustainable, urban and territorial development is the same wherever you live; decent and affordable services, low emissions economy, shared society, preserving our public goods and ensure preparedness to increasing disaster. Our challenge now is to expand this perspective to every village, town, city, county, metropol, region, or state of the world.”
Cownie will return the United Nations to discuss the Paris climate agreement and the challenges climate change presents, the release said.