LT. GOVERNOR LANDRIEU SPEAKS AT SUMMIT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH UNITED NATIONS -- 09/24/2007
Office of Lieutenant GovernorFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 24, 2007
LT. GOVERNOR LANDRIEU SPEAKS AT SUMMIT IN PARTNERSHIP WITH UNITED NATIONS
Landrieu to Raise Louisiana's Cultural Industry Profile at International Discussion
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Louisiana Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu traveled to New York today to speak to international leaders about Louisiana's cultural economy and to encourage global involvement in Louisiana's rebirth. At the second annual Global Creative Leadership Summit in New York today, the Lt. Governor participated in a panel discussion entitled, "CITIES AND COUNTRIES: Diversifying to survive." The Summit was organized by the Louise T Blouin Foundation in partnership with the United Nations Office for Partnerships and gathered Heads of State, Nobel-Prize winners, Olympic Gold Medalists, and global CEOs.
"The opportunity to sit with leaders from around the world and share best practices on issues such as culture and diversity has been truly enlightening. I look forward to sharing these practices with the leaders of Louisiana as we work to create jobs through culture and improve the quality of life for citizens across our state," said Lt. Governor Landrieu.
The Lt. Governor's panel will be moderated by Matthew Bishop, Chief Business Writer of The Economist and other panelist participants included: John Danilovich, CEO, Millennium Challenge Corporation; Earle Mack, Senior Partner, Mack Company; Richard Meier, Architect; Pradeep Khosla, Dean of Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University; Bharat Wakhlu, President & CEO, Tata Incorporated Inc; Thaddaeus Ropac, Principal, Galérie Thaddaeus Ropac.
The discussions were web cast to viewers from around the globe.
Intended Summit outcomes include:
The Summit creates a platform to form new partnerships, receive briefings from experts in all disciplines and unveil the most relevant new research on global issues. We expect a series of new innovative partnerships to be formed at the Summit. All delegates will undertake to report back on their progress throughout the year.
The collective recommendations of the Summit Leadership Forums on Africa and the environment will be presented to the Secretary-General of the United Nations and will inform key UN agencies.
In Louisiana, culture means business. Prior to Hurricane Katrina, the state's cultural economy - food, music, art, architecture --accounted for 144,000 jobs and over 7% of the state's employment base.
The Lt. Governor also took this opportunity to invite international participation in the World Cultural Economic Forum (WCEF), to be held in Louisiana annually. The Forum was launched in its demonstration year this August. It is designed as a statewide event to coincide annually with the anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. The WCEF, which will bring together cultural ambassadors, educators, and arts and cultural leaders from around the world, will feature a series of events, programs, exhibitions, workshops and performances designed to demonstrate the value of culture internationally and shine the light on Louisiana's multi-faceted cultural industries, invite investment, and welcome national and international visitors.
"At the first World Cultural Economic Forum Executive Session, we planted the seeds for an annual gathering of cultural and economic leaders. I invite you to come and participate in what will become the world's premier cultural economy event in 2008," said Landrieu.