As world leaders began meeting yesterday for the annual United Nations General Assembly, the UN Climate Action Summit put a spotlight on the growing crisis of climate change.

Mayor Bill Peduto attended as a North American representative for the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, participating in two panel discussions.

One was a Ford Foundation panel about Pittsburgh advancing sustainable development goals, and the other was a Sustainable Future Forum panel on cities and companies tackling climate change.

Peduto was joined by James H. Garrett, provost and chief academic officer at Carnegie Mellon University, Chatham University president David Finegold, University of Pittsburgh Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Ann Cudd and Lisa Schroeder, president and CEO of The Pittsburgh Foundation.

They shared information about Pittsburgh’s progress with attendees from around the world.

“In the last five years, the City of Pittsburgh has established its first Office of Sustainability and Resilience, its Office of Equity and its Gender Equity Commission, all of which work with city departments to promote the Sustainable Development Goals,” said Peduto. “I know that by working with our university and foundation partners we will keep building momentum to make Pittsburgh a better city for all.”

Peduto and the other speakers discussed Pittsburgh’s efforts to advance sustainable development goals during a “Spotlight on Pittsburgh” panel discussion. The goals were adopted by the U.N. General Assembly in 2015 after years of debate and input from millions of people throughout the world.

“We’re thrilled that community foundations such as ours, with their deep roots in the regions they serve and broad reach across interest groups, are being recognized as leaders in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals at the local level,” said Schroeder. “I believe the Pittsburgh experience of partnerships and collaboration across sectors will be a valuable guide as other cities move the development goals from ideals to reality.”