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Americas Quarterly’s New Issue Highlights Latin America’s Mayors' Role in Covid-19 Recover

The special report profiles some of Latin America's mayors to explain why they matter more than ever.

New York, NY, July 14, 2021 — “In the world’s most urbanized region, it’s clear that the quest for 'light, justice and dignity,' to use [Pablo] Neruda’s phase, will continue to fall largely to mayors," write Americas Quarterly’s (AQ) editors in the magazine’s new issue, launching Wednesday, which takes a "closer look at Latin America's mayors, many of whom are solving real-life problems while nudging the region down the arduous road to recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic."

Eugene Zapata-Garesché cites quick, innovative measures taken by mayors during the pandemic and an emphasis on green development as reasons why they are steering Latin America into the future.

The AQ special report also presents profiles on some of Latin America's mayors to explain why they matter more than ever:

  • Mariana Palau profiles María Emilsen Angulo, the young, first female mayor of Tumaco, Colombia, taking on organized crime, government neglect, and tradition.
  • Ciara Carvalho outlines the leadership journey of João Campos, the mayor of Recife, Brazil, who is using digital innovation to manage a city with over 1.6 million inhabitants.
  • John Bartlett details Carolina Leitao's rethinking what government should look like in Peñalolén, Chile, a district she calls a "mini Chile."
  • Carina Novarese describes Yamandú Orsi, the mayor of Canelones, Uruguay, and his willingness to work with the center-right government, while not hiding his ambitions to be president someday.
  • Lucia He illustrates the leadership journey of Raúl "Chuli" Jorge, a fourth-term mayor that has changed the environmental landscape of San Salvador de Jujuy, Argentina, the country’s northernmost and highest capital.

The special edition will be published entirely online at on Wednesday, July 14. View the PDF.

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