‘ From pain to hope then to life’. This is the simple message the Mayor of Medellin Mr. Anibal Gaviria Correa says he wants to pass to the delegates visiting his city for the Seventh Session of the World Urban Forum in 2014.
He says that the image of Medellin as a brutal city where violence was the rule rather than the exception has long been rectified. “We want to showcase that we have truly changed our city for the better and we hope those attending the Forum will be able to see this.”, Mr. Gaviria said during an interview at the close of the Sixth Session of World Urban Forum in Naples, Italy.
“This is a great honour to the people of Colombia, to the residents of Medellin and to me personally and I am inviting all to come and sample the hospitality we have to offer,” he said.
According to the mayor, Medellin had made huge progress towards ensuring peace and stability, two key ingredients he said contributed to the attraction of investment to a place.