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Mike Bloomberg announces new global initiative to prepare cities for driverless cars and additional $25 million donation to end polio.
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October 24, 2016 - Newsletter
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Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute Launch First Global Initiative to Help Leading Cities Prepare for the Advent of Autonomous Vehicles

“The advent of autonomous cars is one of the most exciting developments ever to happen to cities – and if mayors collaborate with one another, and with partners in the private sector, they can improve people’s lives in ways we can only imagine today.”
- Mike Bloomberg


Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Aspen Institute today 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.
 
The initiative was announced at the CityLab conference – an annual meeting for the world’s most creative mayors, academics, artists, and others focused on improving cities. Continue reading on Bloomberg.org.
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Bloomberg Philanthropies to Donate Additional $25 Million to End Polio

Donation follows Bloomberg’s $100 million contribution to polio eradication efforts in 2013 and is one of three new commitments to polio eradication from private donors totaling $70 million

Michael R. Bloomberg announced today 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.

There has been significant progress against polio in recent years. New cases of polio, a vaccine-preventable disease that can lead to paralysis and death, are only seen in three countries today: Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. And, within those countries, cases have been cornered to small geographic areas. Cases have been reduced by more than 99 percent since the GPEI was launched in 1988, and fewer children have been paralyzed by the disease so far in 2016 than in any previous year. Continue reading on Bloomberg.org.
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Mike Bloomberg joined by CEO of Thrive Global Arianna Huffington, Bloomberg Philanthropies CEO Patti Harris and mayors from around the world at the Mayors Innovation Summit at CityLab Miami.
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