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Mike Bloomberg’s Annual Letter on Philanthropy says Mayors and Data are Antidote to Washington’s Divisive Assault on Facts
In a letter on philanthropy released today as part of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ annual report, Mike Bloomberg says Washington’s “direct assault on facts and data is making it harder for America to address major challenges here and around the world,” including areas in which Bloomberg Philanthropies – whose work is driven by reliable data – is working to improve and save lives. However, a “counter-assault” is underway, Bloomberg writes: “As Washington has grown more dysfunctional, American cities have grown more dynamic. Mayors in both parties are leading where Washington won’t,” enthusiastically using data, and working with members of other political parties, to improve government performance for their citizens.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Expands Arts Innovation and Management Program with $43 Million Investment in Small and Midsize Cultural Organizations Across Seven Cities Nationwide
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the expansion of the Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program to seven new cities. The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of more than 200 small and midsize cultural organizations within seven cities: Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Through the $43 million multi-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies will provide unrestricted general operating support as well as arts management training in areas that include fundraising, strategic planning, marketing and board development.
Michael R. Bloomberg provides funding for UN Climate Change Secretariat to ensure U.S. will honor Paris commitment
Michael R. Bloomberg, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Action, announced a contribution to support the operations of the UN Climate Change Secretariat, including its work to help countries implement their commitments under the 2015 Paris Agreement. The contribution realizes Bloomberg’s promise from June 2017 to fill a significant funding gap that comes as a result of President Donald Trump’s intention to withdraw from the Paris Agreement and proposed steep budget cuts for international programs, including those on climate.
Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Commonwealth Secretariat to Explore Joint Initiatives In Support of International Trade, Innovation and Sustainability
Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Commonwealth Secretariat today announced the signing of a multi-year agreement to explore a number of mutually supportive joint initiatives to aid international trade, innovation and sustainability.
Signed during the 2018 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in London this week, the agreement will see both parties seek to collaborate on areas of common interest, by leveraging their experiences, resources and networks.
American Talent Initiative Reaches 100 Schools Committed to Expanding Opportunity for More High-Achieving, Low-and Moderate-Income Students
The American Talent Initiative (ATI), a Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative led by the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program and Ithaka S+R, announced that its membership has reached 100 top colleges and universities working collectively toward the goal of enrolling 50,000 additional talented, low- and moderate-income students at colleges and universities with strong graduation rates by 2025.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces Partnership with Powering Past Coal Alliance to Strengthen Global Efforts to Phase Out Coal
Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Powering Past Coal Alliance announced a new partnership to develop research and case studies in support of national, regional, and local governments around the world who have committed to or are considering phasing out coal from their energy portfolios.
At the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit in New York City, UN Special Envoy for Climate Action and Bloomberg Philanthropies founder Michael R. Bloomberg joined the United Kingdom Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth Claire Perry, and Canada’s Minister of Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna, to discuss the new partnership.
Bloomberg Philanthropies released the results of its 2018 American Mayors Survey, the largest and most comprehensive survey of mayors to date. The survey reveals that America’s mayors increasingly feel on the hook for addressing major policy and funding issues – from infrastructure to immigration – that were once under the purview of federal or state governments. At the same time, more mayors say that their relationship with the new administration has gotten worse over the past year. The research also provides a deep examination of how local leaders are responding to climate change and the opioid epidemic as well as the degree to which mayors rely on experimentation, partnership, and citizen engagement as central strategies to improve their community.
KIGALI — RwandAir and Question Coffee announced today a ground breaking partnership to serve Rwandan specialty coffee on all of RwandAir flights with over 2 million cups to be offered in the next 2 years. This partnership allows passengers the opportunity to support small holder women farmers and
their families in Rwanda.
RwandAir is proud to advance the Made in Rwanda initiative through its industry leadership by offering Question Coffee. RwandAir will be connecting the world to locally grown and roasted coffee. Question Coffee is a social enterprise funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies and powered by 27,000 women who are now managing their own businesses and supporting their families in Rwanda.
Statements on the Drought in Cape Town and Global Preparedness from Michael R. Bloomberg and Leaders From City of Cape Town, UCT’s Future Water Research Institute and WWF-South Africa
As Cape Town faces an extreme drought that has required a massive conservation effort, Michael R. Bloomberg, in his first undertaking following his appointment Monday as U.N. Special Envoy for Climate Action, toured the Theewaterskloof Dam, the largest dam supplying water to the Western Cape of South Africa, on Wednesday. The founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term Mayor of New York City was joined by several prominent environmental and water experts to better understand the scope of the drought and discuss how, given the intensification of extreme weather due to climate change around the globe, cities can accelerate their preparations for an uncertain water future.
WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and Former New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg today announced the winners of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Awards for Global Tobacco Control which celebrate the significant strides made by organizations implementing anti-tobacco policies in low and middle-income countries. He made the announcement at the 17th World Conference on Tobacco or Health.
Michael R. Bloomberg and Bloomberg Philanthropies today announced it would provide US$20 million in funding to launch Stopping Tobacco Organizations and Products (STOP), a new global watchdog that will aggressively monitor deceptive tobacco industry tactics and practices to undermine public health.
STOP will function as a robust global monitoring system that complements existing efforts in identifying industry deception. The watchdog will deliver regular reports detailing tactics and strategies both at global and country-level and will provide tools and training materials for countries to combat Big Tobacco’s influence. STOP will also liaise with existing Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use.
United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Michael R. Bloomberg of the United States as his Special Envoy for Climate Action.
Michael R. Bloomberg will support the Secretary-General’s climate strategy and efforts toward the planned 2019 Climate Summit at UN Headquarters. The 2019 Climate Summit will mobilize stronger and more ambitious action towards 2020 climate targets. The Special Envoy will leverage efforts in key areas of the Climate Summit to encourage rapid and enhanced implementation of the Paris Agreement in the context of sustainable development.
The Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) and The Climate Registry (TCR), in partnership with Headline Sponsor, Bloomberg Philanthropies, today announced the recipients of the 2018 Climate Leadership Awards. The Awards, which take place during the annual Climate Leadership Conference, showcase and recognize voluntary action to reduce greenhouse gases (GHGs) and address climate change.
This year’s awardees represent a wide array of sectors, including manufacturing, technology, local government, financial services, and consumer goods.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Selects Top 35 Innovative Urban Ideas as Finalists in 2018 Mayors Challenge
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the 35 Champion Cities in the 2018 U.S. Mayors Challenge, a nationwide competition that encourages city leaders to uncover bold, inventive ideas that confront the toughest problems cities face. These 35 urban innovations rose to the top of a competitive pool of more than 320 applications. The Champion Cities will now begin a six-month testing phase where they will conduct public prototypes of their ideas with grant funding of up to $100,000 per city, a new addition to the competition this year.
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the launch of the 2018 Public Art Challenge. Mayors of U.S. cities with 30,000 residents or more are invited to apply for up to $1 million in funding for temporary public art projects that address important civic issues. Submissions for dynamic works of art across all disciplines will be considered. Proposed projects will be evaluated on their ability to generate public-private collaborations, celebrate creativity and urban identity, and strengthen local economies.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces the American Cities Best at Using Data to Improve Residents’ Lives
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the inaugural group of nine cities to achieve What Works Cities Certification, a first-of-its-kind national standard of excellence in city governance. What Works Cities Certification rates how well cities are managed by measuring the extent to which city leaders incorporate data and evidence in their decision-making. The certification recognizes Boston, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Louisville, New Orleans, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C for their proven leadership in data-driven government. Through What Works Cities, the nine cities will each receive additional expert assistance to accelerate progress and deepen their leadership in using data.
Michael R. Bloomberg and Lawrence H. Summers Create Task Force to Address Preventable Leading Causes of Death and Noncommunicable Diseases Through Fiscal Policy
World Health Organization (WHO) Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases, entrepreneur and philanthropist Michael R. Bloomberg and distinguished economist Lawrence H. Summers, former Secretary of the US Treasury and former Director of the National Economic Council of the United States, today announced a Task Force on Fiscal Policy for Health.
A new World Bank study, funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, finds that reducing road traffic deaths and injuries could result in substantial long-term income gains for low- and middle-income countries. The report, “The High Toll of Traffic Injuries: Unacceptable and Preventable,” introduces a new global methodology to calculate the economic impact of road safety and analyses the cases of China, India, the Philippines, Tanzania and Thailand.
American Talent Initiative Grows to 86 Schools and Nationally Recognized Colleges Share Commitments to Educate More High-Achieving, Low-and Moderate-Income Students
The American Talent Initiative (ATI), a Bloomberg Philanthropies initiative led by the Aspen Institute’s College Excellence Program and Ithaka S+R, announced that its membership has grown from 30 to 86 top colleges and universities since it launched in December 2016. ATI’s mission is to enroll 50,000 additional talented, low- and moderate-income students at colleges and universities with strong graduation rates by 2025. In addition, ATI shared six member institutions’ ambitious new plans to attract, enroll, and support more high-achieving, lower-income students.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces 2017 Mayors Challenge Selection Committee Co-Chaired by Former Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Former Xerox Chairman & CEO Ursula Burns
Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the selection committee for the 2017 U.S. Mayors Challenge, a nationwide competition that encourages city leaders to think big, be bold, and uncover inventive ideas that confront the toughest problems U.S. cities currently face. More than 320 cities are taking part in this year’s competition, the fourth Mayors Challenge Bloomberg Philanthropies has held since 2013. Former U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Former Xerox Chairman and CEO Ursula Burns will co-chair the selection committee, which is comprised of distinguished policy experts, artists, academics, business executives and social innovation leaders, that will choose the winning cities.
America’s Pledge Co-Chairs Mike Bloomberg and Governor Jerry Brown Reaffirm U.S. Commitment to Paris Agreement on Climate Change, Present Report on U.S. Climate Action at UN Talks
California Governor Edmund G. (Jerry) Brown Jr. and Michael R. Bloomberg, the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, released the America’s Pledge report at the U.S. Climate Action Pavilion, a purpose-built exhibition space sponsored by U.S. non-federal leaders at a United Nations climate change conference in Bonn, Germany.
Michael R. Bloomberg Commits $50 Million to International Effort to Move Beyond Coal, Reinforcing Leadership on Global Climate Action
Just after announcing a renewed commitment of $64 million to the Beyond Coal campaign in the United States and during this year’s UN Climate Conference COP 23 in Bonn, Germany, Michael R. Bloomberg, U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Cities and Climate Change, announced a $50 million commitment to partners worldwide to catalyze a global effort to move nations away from coal dependence. European Climate Foundation will be the leading partner in Europe. Bloomberg’s announcement marks his first investment in efforts outside the U.S. to decrease reliance on coal and shift to renewable, cleaner energy sources. In the U.S., Bloomberg’s efforts to move away from coal have spurred the closing of more than 50% of the United States’ coal plants since 2011.
Bloomberg Philanthropies and Google Arts & Culture Announce the World Cities Culture Forum Leadership Exchange Programme
Bloomberg Philanthropies and Google Arts & Culture, with the World Cities Culture Forum (WCCF), have announced a major new grant opportunity for the 35 member cities of the WCCF to learn from one another and share ideas to solve common challenges across the globe. Each city will have the chance to apply for the Leadership Exchange Programme, a unique initiative designed to extend the expertise of, and foster collaborations within, the WCCF.
Bloomberg Philanthropies Launches First-Ever Autonomous Vehicles Map, A Living Inventory of Cities Planning for a Driverless Future
Bloomberg Philanthropies released its Global Atlas of Autonomous Vehicles (AV) in Cities, a comprehensive, first-of-its kind map that shows how city governments around the globe are preparing for the transition to AVs. As of today, the project highlights 53 cities working towards the transformation to a driverless future by hosting industry tests, organizing their own pilots and developing proactive policies and plans. The map will be updated regularly with new developments and cities are invited to submit their work. The Atlas will be a critical resource for cities to learn from one another and share best practices.
Embracing a global competency agenda —integrating new concepts and skills into school curricula to give students the skills and the habits of mind they need to be successful in tomorrow’s workforce and the global future—is the topic of a symposium sponsored by Global Cities, Inc., A Program of Bloomberg Philanthropies. Global Cities is hosting the conference in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), which will start testing for global competence among 15-year-olds in 80 countries in its 2018 PISA exams. The conference is also a side event of this year’s Paris CityLab meetings.
Luminant Energy’s announcement to close two of the nation’s largest and dirtiest coal plants in Central Texas means that more than half of the coal plants in America have retired or committed to retire since 2010.
Bloomberg Announces $64 Million in New Funding to Move America Beyond Coal as Trump EPA Tries to Prop Up Dead End Fuel Source
One day after the Trump Administration formally announced its plans to rescind the Clean Power Plan, the Obama Administration’s climate change policy that has been held up in federal court, Michael R. Bloomberg announced a new commitment of $64 million to support the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign and other organizations working to advance the U.S. clean energy market at the state and local level. Pollution from coal-fired power plants is the largest source of carbon emissions and kills 7,500 Americans annually, down from 13,000 when the Beyond Coal campaign began expanding in 2011 through support from Bloomberg.
Cornell Tech today celebrated the official opening of its campus on Roosevelt Island with a dedication event attended by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former Mayor Mike Bloomberg, Cornell University President Martha Pollack, Technion President Peretz Lavie and Cornell Tech Dean Daniel Huttenlocher. Cornell Tech is the first campus ever built for the digital age, bringing together academia and industry to create pioneering leaders and transformational new research, products, companies and social ventures. Today marks the opening of the first phase of the Roosevelt Island campus, which features some of the most environmentally friendly and energy-efficient buildings in the world.
Cornell Tech Campus Opens on Roosevelt Island, Featuring New Art Commissions and Restored Historic Murals
Cornell Tech celebrated the official opening of its campus on Roosevelt Island with a dedication event attended by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, former mayor Michael Bloomberg, Cornell University President Martha Pollack, Technion President Peretz Lavie and Cornell Tech Dean Daniel Huttenlocher. Cornell Tech is the first campus ever built for the digital age, bringing together academia and industry to create pioneering leaders and transformational new research, products, companies and social ventures.