Dos Laredos mayors sign UN binational metropolitan declaration


Wednesday was a historic day for the Dos Laredos metropolitan area as the two city mayors gathered to sign a major declaration.

On the second day of the United Nations Forum “Vision: Foro Binacional para la Gestion Metropolitana” or “Vision: Binational Forum for Metropolitan Management”, the mayor of the city of Laredo Pete Saenz and the mayor of Nuevo Laredo Carmen Lilia Canturosas signed the Declaration, which declares the region as the main border metropolitan area in the world and also commits the two cities to maintain and develop their relationship through the exchange of resources and ideas.

“Nuevo Laredo and Laredo have been the site of the most important forum and event in recent years, and the world has witnessed that the Binational Metropolitan Area of ​​Laredo is an example of a binational region capable of working together and thriving. , ”Canturosas said. “Vision” has certainly been a success for UN-Habitat and all other organizations involved in this issue and around the world. Today, December 1, 2021, is undoubtedly a historic day in the world, because it is the beginning of a new era for all metropolitan cities in the world, and I wish the brotherhood between the two Laredos to live forever and God bless us all. “

Saenz also stressed the importance of the agreement for the two cities. Especially when he said that it was a forum dedicated to opening the conversation on several topics that require commitment from both sides such as on issues of security and economic vitality that he has highlighted during his two days in the forum.

“Our goals at this forum were to demonstrate our strengths from both cities and also talk about our challenges and identify potential opportunities that we still have in efforts to strengthen our border that we love so much,” Saenz said. “Through these important conversations that we had yesterday, I affirm that they will continue and that they must certainly serve as an inspiration also to all our visitors and to the whole world.

“The main goal of all of this is to improve the quality of life for all, to improve the prosperity of our lives and those of the inhabitants of the two cities and to increase our own sustainability, which will lead us to success. much more important. “

The UN-Habitat Binational Metropolitan Declaration included eight points of contention between the two cities.

These include:

Strengthen the shared metropolitan area by sharing their resources and the availability of infrastructure.

Create a shared metropolitan vision for the region

To try to strengthen the quality of life of all the inhabitants of the metropolitan area.

Promote the movement of financial resources between the two jurisdictions for the improvement of the quality of life.

Exchange of training and experience exercises between the two cities.

Ask the two governments of the two cities to continue working together with the aim of participating in collaborative projects and ideas.

Better security initiatives between the two cities.

Promote the region as a UN-Habitat laboratory site to showcase the vitality of binational metropolitan areas.

The statement also states that the area is now viewed by the UN as a model for many other border communities that share a metropolitan area.

Saenz said signing the declaration is just one step in ensuring that everything discussed during the forum becomes a reality over time. The mayor also said he hoped the deal would serve as an example to the world and other border communities.

“The signage of this document commits our two cities to implement initiatives that are both common ground for the two cities, and with the objective of promoting the quality of life for all in North America and in especially in this border area, ”Saenz said. “We will continue to provide each other with resources to improve our communities, strengthen this fellowship and prove that we are a good example, and today we are historically showing that we can do it.”

As the two mayors signed the agreement, Canturosas said signing the declaration should not only be something the world is witnessing, but also that their respective federal governments understand the importance of border communities. They can show how to be an example in the changing global landscape and be of great help in cooperation, economic strength and improving the quality of life.

“I hope our representatives at the federal level will also take this message to show that we need more collaboration, and for it to be much stronger and firmer at the federal level,” Canturosas said. “And let them understand that this metropolitan area has to keep getting stronger, and that we become the No. 1 in the world, and I’m sure no one will take it away, we’ll just keep strengthening it.”

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