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More than 60,000 Children Under the Age of Five Drown Every Year. Bloomberg Philanthropies Commits $25 Million to Address the Problem

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that drowning claims the lives of more than 60,000 children under the age of five and more than 360,000 people globally. Today Michael R. Bloomberg, WHO Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases and founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies, announced a $25 million expansion of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ global drowning prevention program at a convening of experts.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces Funds to Support Local Economic Development Efforts in Coal Communities and Launches National Fundraising Campaign

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced funding to three organizations supporting economic development work in coal communities affected by job losses and industry decline. The funds will be used by the Coalfield Development Corporation, the Just Transition Fund, and the Western Organization of Resource Councils to provide job training programs, foster economic development and offer new career opportunities in communities affected by the decline in coal industry employment.

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Data for Health Initiative is Closing Gaps in Health Data in 19 Countries

Michael R. Bloomberg hosted more than 100 public health practitioners in New York, including high-level government officials from Myanmar, India, Rwanda and Ghana to discuss progress on Data for Health. Launched in partnership with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade two years ago, Data for Health is a four-year $100 million initiative aimed at improving health data in 19 low- and middle-income countries spanning Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces First-Ever National Standard for Data-Driven Local Government

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced What Works Cities Certification, a new effort which will publicly recognize the municipal governments that most effectively use data to allocate resources and improve residents’ lives. A team of national experts will assess each city’s data practices, and then award cities with a “platinum,” “gold” or “silver” certification status for achieving excellence in applying data to how they govern. Like a Good Housekeeping Seal or ENERGY STAR rating for data-driven governance, What Works Cities Certification will provide cities with a new, rigorous benchmark to assess their own practices against.

New Reports Look at The Future of International Digital Learning, K-12

A new generation of online exchange programs such as Global Scholars is connecting students across borders and cultures and offering global experiences to students who would not have this opportunity without advances in modern technology. Two reports published today explore the value of these international digital exchanges in developing students’ global knowledge, tolerance of diversity, cultural understanding and respect for different perspectives. Broadly-inclusive global learning is of particular relevance as xenophobic trends grow, world problems become increasingly interconnected and complex, and cities are challenged by the needs of diverse populations.

A Global Plan to Save Coral Reefs from Extinction

A global plan to save coral reefs from complete eradication caused by climate change, pollution and poor fishing practices launched today at The Economist World Ocean Summit in Bali. The initiative, called 50 Reefs, brings together leading ocean, climate and marine scientists as well as conservation practitioners from around the world to develop a list of the 50 most critical coral reefs to protect.

50 Reefs will be the first global plan to save the most biodiverse ecosystem on the planet. The final list and corresponding initiatives, to be announced later this year, will raise awareness of the increasing severity of climate change impacts on the ocean and catalyze the global action and investment required to protect these important reef systems for the future.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Expands Innovation Teams Program to Seven New Cities Across the Globe

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that seven cities across the globe have been selected for the latest expansion of its Innovation Teams program. The program helps City Halls drive bold innovation, change culture, and tackle big problems to deliver better results for residents. Multi-year grants will be awarded to help cities create better results for a range of pressing problems – from tackling poverty and neighborhood revitalization to recruiting and retaining public employees. Cities include Be’er Sheva in Israel; Toronto in Canada, and Anchorage, AK; Austin, TX; Baltimore, MD; Detroit, MI; and Durham; NC in the United States.

Five More Cities Join Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute’s Global Initiative on Autonomous Vehicles

Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute announced that five cities have joined its global initiative to help city leaders plan and prepare for the emergence of autonomous vehicles. The cities of Helsinki, Finland; London, England; São Paulo, Brazil; Tel Aviv, Israel and Washington, D.C., USA will join the inaugural participants of the Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles announced last fall. Over the course of the next year, the multi-city cohort will produce a set of principles and tools that cities around the world can use to chart their own paths forward with the new technology.

College and Universities Agree to Expand Access and Opportunity for Talented, Lower-Income Students with American Talent Initiative Supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced that 30 of the nation’s colleges and universities will join the American Talent Initiative, a program supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies to expand access to college for the country’s high-achieving, low- and middle-income students. The American Talent Initiative will increase the number of low- and moderate-income students enrolled at the schools with the highest graduation rates by 50,000 in 2025. The initiative is managed by the Aspen Institute and Ithaka S+R.

Michael R. Bloomberg Commits $360 Million to Reduce Tobacco Use – Raising Total Giving on Tobacco Control Efforts to Nearly $1 Billion

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced a new commitment of $360 million to global anti-tobacco efforts. The grant supports evidence-based policies to curb tobacco use and works to increase awareness of the dangers of tobacco in low and middle-income countries. The new round of funding raises Bloomberg’s total giving on this public health initiative to nearly $1 billion and builds on ten years of support for the implementation of tobacco control laws and policies around the world through the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use. To date the initiative has successfully supported 59 countries in passing laws or policies, reaching nearly 3.5 billion people and saving an estimated 30 million lives.

City of São Paulo Selected as the 2016 Grand Prize Winner in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Latin American and Caribbean Mayors Challenge

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the winners of its 2016 Mayors Challenge, an ideas competition that encourages cities to generate innovative ideas that solve major challenges and improve city life – and have the potential to spread. After a year-long competitive process alongside their peers, five cities emerged as winners based on four criteria: their idea’s vision and creativity, potential for impact, transferability, and viability of implementation.

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ What Works Cities Initiative More than Halfway to Goal of Supporting 100 Mid-Sized US Cities

Bloomberg Philanthropies’ announced that its What Works Cities initiative has reached a critical benchmark: 55 mid-sized U.S. cities are now working to better use data and evidence to improve services for residents, inform local decision making, and engage citizens. All together these 55 cities come from 33 states, represent 19 million residents, and have annual budgets exceeding $63 billion.

Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute Launch First Global Initiative to Help Leading Cities Prepare for the Advent of Autonomous Vehicles

Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute announced the Bloomberg Aspen Initiative on Cities and Autonomous Vehicles, a new program for leading global mayors who will work together to prepare their cities for the emergence of autonomous vehicles. Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute will galvanize experts and data to accelerate cities’ planning efforts, and produce a set of principles and tools that participating cities, as well as cities around the world, can use to chart their own paths forward. The inaugural cities in the initiative include Austin, USA; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Los Angeles, USA; Paris, France; and Nashville, USA. Five additional cities will be announced later this year.

Bloomberg Philanthropies to Donate Additional $25 Million to End Polio

Michael R. Bloomberg announced a $25 million donation through Bloomberg Philanthropies to end polio globally. The donation, Bloomberg’s second contribution to polio eradication, will support the work of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) – a partnership spearheaded by the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Rotary International, as well as the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

A $50 Million Gift from Bloomberg Philanthropies to the Museum of Science, Boston Dramatically Expands its Mission to Educate and Inspire

The Museum of Science and Bloomberg Philanthropies, founded by entrepreneur, philanthropist and three-term mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg, announced a $50 million gift, the largest in the Museum’s 186-year history. The endowment will support and name the Museum’s Education Division the William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center in honor of Michael Bloomberg and Marjorie Tiven’s parents.

Women in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Economic Development Program in Rwanda Secure Largest Commercial Deal Yet with The Marriott Hotel

Women in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Economic Development program secured a major deal for the women participating in the business training program with the Marriott International’s first hotel in Rwanda. This signals that the women who have been provided business training through Bloomberg Philanthropies have now entered into Rwanda’s growing hospitality, crafts, and agriculture industry on a larger scale.

U.S. Department of State and Bloomberg Philanthropies Launch Second Our Cities, Our Climate Exchange to Advance Local Climate Action

The U.S. Department of State and Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the start of the second annual Our Cities, Our Climate exchange, a 10-day program that brings together 17 urban sustainability directors from 16 countries committed to taking measurable climate action. The sustainability directors will attend collaborative sessions in San Francisco, Austin, and Washington, D.C. to highlight and advance city leadership on climate action.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Expands Women’s Economic Development Program in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo with Renewed $10 Million Gift to the Relationship Coffee Institute

At the Bloomberg Philanthropies U.S.-Africa Business Forum, the foundation announced it will invest an additional $10 million to expand the organization’s women’s economic development program in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Through a grant to the Relationship Coffee Institute, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the livelihoods of rural Rwandan women coffee farmers through training and market access, more women will be able to benefit and participate in Africa’s economic growth.

Johns Hopkins University and Michael R. Bloomberg Launch the Bloomberg American Health Initiative

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health announced that Bloomberg Philanthropies, founded by businessman, philanthropist, World Health Organization Global Ambassador for Noncommunicable Diseases, and three-term mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg, will give $300 million to create the Bloomberg American Health Initiative. Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the school, the gift sets the school and its partners on a path to transform our national approach to modern public health challenges.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Produces Short Documentaries Highlighting Public Art Challenge Projects in Gary, IN; Los Angeles, CA; Spartanburg, SC and New York Capital Region

A short documentary series created by Bloomberg Philanthropies provide a behind- the-scenes look at how four cities are using temporary public art projects to bring together local government and artists to increase access to the arts, elevate critical issues, foster community engagement and highlight creativity across local industries through the Bloomberg Philanthropies Public Art Challenge. Each of the three-minute shorts, which feature interviews with mayors, artists and cultural leaders working together to develop risk-taking public art projects, showcases the unprecedented levels of contact and cooperation between the arts and civic leaders.

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard University Launch Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative

Bloomberg Philanthropies and Harvard University are jointly announcing the launch of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, an unparalleled collaboration to advance leadership, management and innovation in cities across America and around the world. Funded by a $32 million gift from Michael R. Bloomberg and administered through Harvard, the Initiative will equip city leaders with the tools, skills and support increasingly required to tackle the complex leadership and management challenges faced in governing cities around the globe.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Road Safety Meeting Concludes with a Renewed Sense of Urgency

During a three-day road safety partner meeting and training in Bangkok, Thailand, the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) convened nearly 125 participants including road safety experts, government officials, law enforcement professionals and others to address one of the world’s leading causes of preventable death. The event included training sessions for law enforcement, panels on strategic communication campaigns, presentations on data collection and monitoring, and sessions to show how countries have implemented successful strategies to reduce road crashes, improve mobility and design safer streets.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Hosting Global Road Safety Experts Meeting with Elite Global Network of Cities and Countries Dedicated to Improving Road Safety

Bloomberg Philanthropies will convene 125 road safety experts from 15 countries, including government officials, law enforcement, and others, to address one of the world’s leading causes of preventable death. Road crashes kill more than 1.25 million people a year worldwide and injure more than 50 million, with deaths disproportionately taking place in low- to middle-income countries.

Eighteen Countries Have Partnered with Bloomberg Philanthropies’ $100M Data for Health Initiative

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced partnerships with the first 18 countries that will receive critical technical assistance and catalytic funding for new tools and systems to help nations gather accurate data about the health of their citizens. Launched in partnership  with the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade just over one year ago, Data for Health is a four-year, $100 million initiative aimed at improving health data in low- and middle-income countries spanning Southeast Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Latin America. The first 18 partner countries, reaching nearly one billion people, in the Data for Health program include.

Twenty Cities Advance in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Latin American and Caribbean Mayors Challenge

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the 20 Latin American and Caribbean cities selected as finalists in its 2016 Mayors Challenge, a competition that encourages cities to generate bold ideas that solve urban challenges and improve city life – and have potential to spread.  The finalists, hailing from 10 countries, will move forward to compete for a 5 million USD grand prize and four 1 million USD awards, as well as extensive implementation support. The ideas reflect creative new approaches to some of the most pressing issues facing cities in the region, including mobility, youth unemployment, waste management, obesity, and social and economic inclusion for immigrants and people with disabilities.

New Tate Modern to Redefine Visitor Experience with Expanded Bloomberg Connects Digital Engagement Program

This week’s opening of Tate Modern’s highly anticipated extension, the Switch House, will incorporate a major expansion of Bloomberg Connects, Tate Modern’s ground-breaking digital partnership with Bloomberg Philanthropies to expand the ways in which Tate’s millions of visitors engage with art and artists, and a global Bloomberg Philanthropies program designed to increase access to the arts.

Twelve Cities Join What Works Cities, Expanding Wave of Local Government Leaders Accelerating Their Use of Data and Evidence to Improve Lives

Results for America announced 12 new cities selected to join the national What Works Cities initiative, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies. The addition of the new cities demonstrates the growing interest by local government leaders to use data and evidence to make better decisions and improve results for city residents. Additionally, Results for America and other What Works Cities partners released a toolkit of resources to support cities’ work in the areas of open data, performance management, low-cost evaluations, and results-driven contracting.

1 Trillion USD Investment Needed in Five Years to Build Low-Carbon Cities in China

A new research report series Green Finance for Low-Carbon Cities, authored by the Paulson Institute, Energy Foundation China and the Chinese Renewable Energy Industries Association, estimates that 6.6 trillion RMB ($1 trillion) will be required over the next five years to build low-carbon cities in China. This includes investments in efficient buildings, low-carbon transportation and clean energy in Chinese cities. The research is supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Green Finance Committee of China Society for Banking and Finance and is part of an initiative that aims to develop innovative financing solutions to support sustainable urbanization in China.

Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces Selection Committee for the 2016 Mayors Challenge in Latin America and the Caribbean

Bloomberg Philanthropies announced the selection committee for the 2016 Mayors Challenge in Latin America and the Caribbean – a competition to inspire cities to develop bold new ideas that solve major problems and improve city life. The innovation and urban policy experts, largely from Latin America and the Caribbean, will help select 20 finalists and eventual prize winners based on their idea’s vision, potential for impact, implementation plan, and potential to spread to other cities.

JPMorgan Chase and Bloomberg Philanthropies Announce $7.5 Million to Prepare New Orleans Students for High-Demand Jobs

JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Bloomberg Philanthropies announced $7.5 million to expand young people’s access to economic opportunity in New Orleans. As growing industries in Greater New Orleans require a more skilled workforce, these grants are designed to dramatically increase the number of young people graduating from the city’s public high schools with opportunities to secure well-paying, high-demand jobs.