After hosting the highly successful 1st International River Summit in 2012, Iloilo City is set to host another international event that will be participated in by 53 countries with at least 300 delegates. Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the the city is chosen to host the 2015 Urban Environmental Accord (UEA) Summit on September 15-17, 2015, just a few days before it hosts two Ministerial Meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC). Mabilog said the UEA Summit is a gathering of officers from at least 200 cities in the world. The officials will discuss environmental protection and preservation of urban centers. The last summit was held in Texas, United States of America in 2013. UEA Secretariat officers In-Sik Jung and Seung Ho Seo earlier paid a courtesy visit to the city mayor to finalize the event. Iloilo City is a signatory to the UEA and Mabilog is the only Filipino mayor to be elected as member to its executive board. Mabilog said the environmental summit will boost the city’s growing potential as a convention destination. He also hopes that the two summits will attract more tourists and investors to the metropolis. The city will share its own environmental protection programs and will showcase its successful initiatives on the protection of the Iloilo River and its wetland and bird sanctuaries.