Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will meet with government, business and faith leaders in India, including the Dalai Lama, as part of a 10-day trip organized by the international Strong Cities Network.
Fischer and the mayor of Anaheim, Calif., Tom Tait, will talk about ways to make cities safer and strengthen communities amid the rise in violent extremism around the globe. Fischer also will speak to the Indian Merchant Chamber of Commerce, meet with Mumbai Mayor Vishwanath Mahadeshwar and do media interviews about Louisville, according to a news release.
“Visits like this are great opportunities to promote our city,” Fischer said in the release. “Our focus on compassion is something that resonates worldwide and is so relevant in today’s world. And I always welcome to the chance to tell our city’s story to potential investors and business interests that may be looking to expand in the U.S.”
Fischer’s trip will be paid for by the U.S. Embassy in India. He leaves Tuesday afternoon.
Strong Cities Network manager Rebecca Skellett said Fischer was chosen because of his Compassionate City campaign.
“Mayor Fischer and Mayor Tait are both driving forward innovative practices to build social cohesion with citywide Charters for Compassion and Kindness, which offer tremendous value to residents and businesses alike,” Skellett said in the release. “This is why we’re delighted to be taking these two U.S. Mayors to Delhi, Mumbai and Dharamsala — to share their journeys, inspire Indian cities and policy makers, and learn more about how India’s diverse range of communities live together side by side.”
Strong Cities Network is a global network of mayors and city-level policy makers that focuses on community resilience and cohesion as a counter to violent extremism. The network was launched in fall 2015 by the Institute for Strategic Dialogue at the United Nations; it includes cities such as London, Mumbai, Tripoli and Kristiansand.