Padilla Statement in Support of Los Angeles Hosting Summit of the Americas
LOS ANGELES, CA — Today, U.S. Senator Alex Padilla (D-Calif.) released the following statement after the White House announced that the United States will host the Ninth Summit of the Americas in Los Angeles, California in June 2022 with a focus on “Building a Sustainable, Resilient, and Equitable Future” for the Western Hemisphere:
“It is an honor to welcome leaders from across the Americas to the vibrant and international city of Los Angeles this year. As we work together to tackle the most pressing challenges facing our hemisphere, I am confident that the rich diversity of my hometown will serve as an asset to the Summit and to the region’s leaders who will participate. This is a great opportunity to strengthen our ties with regional partners and promote global engagement to facilitate coordination of these important efforts right here in California.”
In September, Senator Padilla wrote to the U.S. Department of State in support of the City of Los Angeles’ bid to host the Summit of the Americas, citing its infrastructure that is prepared to handle a major international event, as well as the state’s strong economy and position on the world stage.
The Summit of the Americas is the only hemisphere-wide convening of leaders from the countries of North, South, and Central America and the Caribbean to advance our shared commitment to economic prosperity, security, human rights, and dignity. U.S. leadership in the Summit process underscores our deep and historical commitment to the people of the Western Hemisphere.