LOS ANGELES (CNS) - Los Angeles will host this year's Summit of the Americas, which takes place every three years as an opportunity for the leaders of North, South and Central America and the Caribbean to meet, the White House announced today.
The summit, which will be held in June, will focus on ``Building a Sustainable, Resilient and Equitable Future'' in the Americas.
The United States has not hosted the summit since its inaugural meeting in Miami in 1994. This year's summit, which is the ninth of its kind, was originally scheduled for 2021 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to the U.S. State Department's website, the meeting promotes regional cooperation and helps address the region's most pressing issues, including increasing economic competitiveness, enhancing access to technology, countering trafficking and promoting democracy and human rights throughout the Americas.
During the most recent summit -- which was held in Peru in 2018 -- the region's leaders committed to fighting corruption, according to the U.S. State Department.
The White House said Tuesday it would work with Mayor Eric Garcetti and Gov. Gavin Newsom to convene the region's leaders and stakeholders in the city for the summit.