At the Summit of the Americas in 2022, Secretary Antony Blinken announced the first-ever Cities Summit of the Americas in Denver, Colorado from April 26 – 28 to empower locally driven efforts to build a more sustainable, resilient, and equitable future for the Western Hemisphere. The Cities Summit will include a series of workshops, roundtables, and plenary sessions aimed at aimed at leveraging cities as innovative hubs to address global issues.


Our team is on the ground interviewing government officials, private sector executives, and other thought leaders to discuss the role of cities in the Western Hemisphere to support the green energy transition.


The Atlantic Council hosted two in-person events in Denver, Colorado on the energy transition and local democracy in the Americas.

The first event, Local Perspectives on the Risks and Rewards of the Energy Transition will take place on Thursday, April 27 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm MT (12:00 pm to 2:00 pm ET). The Atlantic Council’s Adrienne Arsht Latin America Center and Global Energy Center (GEC) are hosting this event in partnership with the Latin American and Caribbean Network for Democracy (REDLAD). The session will focus on including local perspectives on the path towards fueling an inclusive global energy transition and supporting sustainable growth across the Americas.

The second event, Enhancing Mayoral Leadership in Addressing Hate, Extremism and Polarization and Safeguarding Local Democracy in the Americas will take place on Friday, April 28 from 2:00 to 3:30 pm MT (4:00 to 5:30 pm ET). It will be co-led with the Strong Cities Network and National League of Cities. This event will focus on how mayors and local leaders can prevent and respond to hate, extremism, and polarization within their communities. It will also include the signing and endorsement of The Denver Declaration on Addressing Hate and Safeguarding Local Democracy in the Americas. 

Reach out to Willow Fortunoff at to learn more about our sessions and explore partnership opportunities. To participate in our sessions, register to join the entire three-day conference.

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