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Partnership for Healthy Cities Virtually Convenes City Officials from Around the World to Support Coronavirus Response
As part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ newly announced Global Coronavirus Response Initiative, more than 65 leaders and technical staff from 31 cities around the world joined the first-ever Partnership for Healthy Cities COVID-19 Response Webinar. The virtual convening focused on the fundamentals of epidemic preparedness and response, the latest COVID-19 science, and how the Partnership will assist the cities in tackling COVID-19 by providing tools and technical resources geared toward urban contexts. The work complements Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Coronavirus Local Response Initiative, which began convening American mayors two weeks ago.
Bloomberg Philanthropies and NACTO Launch Online Hub for Transportation Officials Responding to COVID-19 Emergency
Bloomberg Philanthropies and the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) today announced the launch of a transportation-focused online resource hub to give mayors, city officials and other practitioners real-time information on the transportation strategies cities are deploying to adapt to the rapidly evolving international health emergency. The Transportation Response Center is the latest support from the Bloomberg Philanthropies COVID-19 Local Response Initiative to help mayors confront the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bloomberg Philanthropies, State of Maryland to Fund Johns Hopkins University-led COVID-19 Treatment Research
Bloomberg Philanthropies, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan and Johns Hopkins University announced a joint effort to fund research into the potential therapeutic uses of COVID-19 convalescent plasma, led by Arturo Casadevall, an infectious disease expert and Bloomberg Distinguished Professor who holds joint appointments in the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
President Bill Clinton Joins Mike Bloomberg to Address More than 140 Mayors at Second Virtual Convening to Support Local Coronavirus Response
More than 500 mayors, local leaders, and members of city response teams from cities across the United States joined Bloomberg Philanthropies’ second virtual COVID-19 Local Response Initiative convening where President Bill Clinton and Michael Bloomberg addressed the mayors about the challenges associated with the pandemic. Joined by Dr. Joshua M. Sharfstein, MD, the Vice Dean for Public Health Practice and Community Engagement for the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University and director of the Bloomberg American Health Initiative, and Dr. Tom Frieden, president and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives and former director of the Center for Disease Control, Mr. Bloomberg and President Clinton highlighted the leading role that mayors have in responding to the crisis.
Expanding the COVID-19 Local Response Initiative, Mike Bloomberg Announces New Program to Help Cities Navigate, Access, and Deploy Federal Aid
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a new set of supports for U.S. cities to help them better understand how to access and track the Federal programs and funding mechanisms that are available to support their COVID-19 response and recovery. Specifically, this program will highlight established best practices and provide tutorials on how to apply for and receive aid, and also monitor expenses while ensuring proper accounting. These new supports will be delivered through a partnership with the United States Conference of Mayors and is part of Bloomberg Philanthropies COVID-19 Local Response Initiative.
Bloomberg Philanthropies and the National League of Cities Launch New Coronavirus Local Action Tracker
Bloomberg Philanthropies, in partnership with the National League of Cities, today launched a new initiative that collects and shares actions taken by local U.S. leaders in response to the pandemic. The COVID-19: Local Action Tracker will feature a sortable grid detailing the policy decisions and bold actions that city leaders are making to contain the spread of coronavirus and respond to community impact.
The new $75 million fund will provide grants and interest-free loans to small and mid-size nonprofits to help them respond to emerging needs, cover losses associated with the disruption of their operations, and help them continue their critical work.
Just days after Mike Bloomberg launched a program to help American mayors improve their coronavirus response, Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced additional actions and funding to combat the pandemic on a global scale. The new $40 million global initiative will support immediate action to prevent or slow the spread of COVID-19 in vulnerable low- and middle-income countries. Bloomberg Philanthropies will partner with the global health organization Vital Strategies on global response efforts, along with the World Health Organization (WHO), to support lower income countries and cities respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Today, Bloomberg Philanthropies, working with partners at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, launched a new program of support to help American mayors respond to the rapidly evolving Coronavirus epidemic.
A national alliance of leading colleges and universities is on track to enroll 50,000 more students who receive federal Pell grants by 2025, a new report shows. The findings underscore the importance of the American Talent Initiative’s (ATI) collaborative push to expand opportunity for low- and moderate-income students across the country.
Building on the success of 12 years of investment, Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced a doubling of its support for global road safety, committing another $240 million from 2020 – 2025 to save 600,000 more lives and prevent up to 22 million injuries in low- and middle-income countries around the world. The six-year reinvestment in the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety is expected to double its impact to date. Since 2007, the initiative has saved an estimated 312,000 lives and prevented up to 11.5 million injuries. The reinvestment also includes a new awards competition to shine a light on low- and middle-income countries that have made exemplary progress in road safety.
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced today the 21 European capital cities that will participate in a new initiative aimed at accelerating digital innovation to improve critical services and deliver better results for residents. The goal of the program is to help European cities deliver high-impact digital services, and share lessons learned with cities around the rest of the world.
New Report Finds More Than 190,000 Deaths and Serious Injuries Could Be Prevented by Mandating Electronic Stability Control in All New Cars in G20 Countries
A report commissioned by Bloomberg Philanthropies finds that 42,000 lives could be saved and 150,000 serious injuries prevented by 2030 if all new cars in seven G20 countries were required to be equipped with an inexpensive crash avoidance technology starting this year. This report was released alongside the Transportation Research Board’s annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced today that Tokyo is the newest city to join the Partnership for Healthy Cities as part of a $12 million reinvestment to expand the number of cities in the program from 54 to 70. The Partnership for Healthy Cities is a global network of cities, each committed to achieving one of 14 health interventions proven to save lives, such as reducing sugary drink consumption, increasing seat-belt or helmet use, or promoting active, safe mobility. Today’s announcement brings the total invested in the program to $20.5 million.
America’s Pledge Reveals U.S. Pathways Towards Paris Goals, With And Without Federal Policies In Third Report
America’s Pledge released its third report analyzing U.S. greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The report, titled Accelerating America’s Pledge: Going All-In to Build a Prosperous, Low-Carbon Economy for the United States, shows the potential for progress on U.S. emissions reductions if climate-forward leaders are elected to all levels of government – from city halls to the White House. It captures the power of U.S. states, cities, businesses, and other organizations representing nearly 70 percent of the country’s GDP to reduce emissions and help advance the country toward the Paris Agreement targets
A new public art commission produced by Artichoke – the creative team behind the nationally-acclaimed Lumiere Festival – will light up Bloomberg Arcade in the City of London from 5th December 2019, to inspire climate action. Commissioned by Bloomberg Philanthropies and designed by NOVAK, in collaboration with Hazel Dunn and Ed Carter, the immersive installation will illuminate the full length of Bloomberg Arcade with shape-shifting projections highlighting the impact of human-led climate change on our planet.
CityLab Summit in Washington, D.C. Concludes with Conversations on Citizen Activism, Cities Confronting Climate Change and Improving Inequities in Maternal Health.
Today marked the conclusion of CityLab DC, a two-day summit organized by The Aspen Institute, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg Philanthropies. Over the course of the event, 125 speakers engaged in conversations across dozens of topics focusing on the greater theme of urban innovation. Sessions addressed the use of data to help communities address homelessness; gun violence in cities; affordable housing; decriminalizing poverty; the impact of technology on health and employment; scooters and the micro-mobility revolution; local problem solving; climate change; 5G and the digital divide; surveillance in cities; self-driving cars; governance within a digital city; reinvestment into cities; workers that help drive a city’s economy; city regulation around the gig economy; and the cultural impact of music.
CityLab DC Commences as Mayors, City Leaders and Activists Discuss Housing Affordability, the Future of Transportation, Inclusive Planning and Social Equity
CityLab DC, the preeminent summit on global cities organized by The Aspen Institute, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg Philanthropies, kicked off its 7th annual two-day conference in Washington, D.C. This event brings together city leaders from around the world, along with renowned experts, to explore the challenges facing global urban centers through a diverse series of panel discussions, keynotes, workshops, and field trips. Leaders in local government, arts and culture, business, and technology joined the first day’s events to share and discuss the ways in which cities are integrating innovative approaches to tackle these challenges and improve the lives of residents.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches Asphalt Art Initiative, Providing Cities How-To Guidance to Transform Streets and Public Spaces with Artwork
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the launch of the Asphalt Art Initiative which will assist cities looking to use art and design to improve street safety, revitalize public spaces, and engage their communities. The Initiative includes the publication of the Asphalt Art Guide, with case studies and best practices from cities around the world, as well as the awarding of grants up to $25,000 to 10 small and mid-sized U.S. cities to implement their own transformative projects.
Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), released at CityLab DC a new report and interactive map that demonstrates the surge of cities’ commitment to local innovation and how these investments are set to improve outcomes for residents and strengthen communities.
At Our Ocean 2019, Bloomberg Philanthropies Chief Executive Officer Patricia E. Harris announced a new initiative between Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Vibrant Oceans Initiative partner Global Fishing Watch (GFW) to bring GFW’s data on global fishing activity to the Bloomberg Terminal. As marine ecosystems and coastal communities increasingly face pressures due to overfishing and climate change, this partnership provides Bloomberg Terminal subscribers with fisheries data to inform global efforts to combat these mounting challenges.
Bloomberg Philanthropies, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, and The New York Stem Cell Foundation Research Institute Announce an Unprecedented Effort to Advance Precision Medicine
Bloomberg Philanthropies, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHUSOM), and The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) Research Institute today announced an initiative to fundamentally advance and expand the science of precision medicine, in which diagnostic disease markers are defined with pinpoint accuracy to help researchers understand disease pathways and customize therapeutic approaches. The collaboration will combine the renowned clinical and medical expertise of Johns Hopkins with the unique stem cell technologies and research capabilities of the NYSCF Research Institute to accelerate Hopkins’ pioneering Precision Medicine Initiatives.
World’s Seven Best Climate Projects Announced as 2019 C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards Winners
C40 and Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the seven winners of the 2019 C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards at the C40 World Mayors Summit in Copenhagen. Representing the most ambitious and impactful projects by mayors to tackle the global climate crisis, the sixth annual C40 Cities Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards celebrated the best projects across seven categories that define this year’s theme – The Future We Want.
Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge Releases Winning Strategies for Cities to Fight the Climate Crisis, Reduce Air Pollution, and Improve Lives
At the 2019 C40 World Mayors Summit, eight U.S. Mayors joined Mike Bloomberg to release the American Cities Climate Challenge Climate Action Playbook, a strategic guide to accelerate and deepen climate action in cities. The Playbook highlighted 30 high-impact actions that are currently being implemented in twenty-five of the largest U.S. cities through the Bloomberg Philanthropies American Cities Climate Challenge.
Bloomberg Philanthropies and the World Cities Culture Forum Announce the Second Leadership Exchange for Cultural Leaders in Global Cities
The World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF), the leading network for cities and culture, is now accepting applications from current WCCF member cities to participate in the Leadership Exchange Programme. The Leadership Exchange enables city leaders in the cultural sector to share ideas that advance local projects and policymaking. In each Exchange, a team of city representatives and cultural leaders will visit a member city facing common challenges to learn about innovative strategies, policies and programmes that can be advanced in their home cities.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces $120 Million Reinvestment to Expand its Data for Health Initiative
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the next stage in its groundbreaking initiative to help governments in developing countries gather accurate data about the health of their citizens. With an additional $120 million in funding over four years, Data for Health will expand its partnership from 20 to 25 countries—reaching 1.5 billion people—to help strengthen the quality of their birth and death registrations and use of that data by decision makers. In addition, select countries will monitor noncommunicable disease risk factors such as tobacco use through innovative mobile surveys and will establish cancer registries for the first time.
Michael Bloomberg, State of California and Planet Partner to Deliver New Satellite Climate Data Solutions
Michael R. Bloomberg, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action; California Governor Gavin Newsom; and Planet, the San Francisco-based earth-imaging company, announced Satellites for Climate Action, a new initiative that will use satellite data to inform and accelerate climate protection. The coordinated effort will bring together governments, philanthropists, environmental groups, and technology companies to use satellite technologies to monitor greenhouse gas emissions and turn satellite data into actionable information. The initiative was unveiled at the third annual Bloomberg Global Business Forum.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces Replication of Mayors Challenge-Winning Early Childhood Learning Innovation in Five U.S. Cities
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the five American cities that will replicate Providence Talks, an early childhood education program that empowers parents and caregivers with tools to support language development at a critical age and help children enter kindergarten classroom ready. Combined with local investments, the support provided across five cities totals nearly $12 million over three years.
U.N. Special Envoy for Climate Action Michael Bloomberg Answers Secretary General António Guterres’ Call to End New Coal by 2020
At the 2019 United Nations Climate Action Summit, United Nations Special Envoy for Climate Action Michael R. Bloomberg announced his support for U.N. Secretary General António Guterres’ initiative to stop the development of new coal-fired power plants after 2020.
In response to alarming levels of e-cigarette use among youth in the United States—including a 78 percent increase among high school students in just one year—Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the creation of a new $160 million initiative to end the youth e-cigarette epidemic. Goals of the initiative, “Protect Kids: Fight Flavored E-Cigarettes,” include banning all flavored e-cigarettes — and stopping Juul and other e-cigarette companies from marketing their products to children.