Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal (Montreal is an INTA member) and President of the Montreal Metropolitan Community invited INTA to participate in the Thematic Conference on Metropolitan Areas, which took place on 6 and 7 October 2015 under the aegis of the United Nations Habitat.
Robert Olivier, INTA Vice President and Regional Representative for North America, and Christine Lor as Coordinator for France & Francophone countries participated actively in the debates.
The Montreal Thematic Conference on Metropolitan Areas has been identified by the Secretariat of Habitat III as one of the eleven thematic and regional conferences preparatory to the third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.
The Montreal Metropolitan Community had wished to bring together global players from all walks to adopt a Declaration on metropolitan areas reflecting the importance of cooperation across various territorial levels and the need of integrated mechanisms like metropolitan government for more coherent action.
The Declaration of Montreal on Metropolitan Areas is aligned on positions already adopted by international organizations concerned with the issue including Metropolis, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the Networks of Metropolitan Areas of America (RAMA).
The adopted declaration will be submitted to the Habitat III Secretariat its inclusion in the decision process leading to the adoption of the New Urban Agenda in Quito in 2016.
The format of the Conference allowed for intense dialogue between representatives of national governments, metropolitan institutions, municipalities, experts and civil society and associations. Thus, we have been able to share our concerns, our collaborative experience and our vision of local governance and to amend the final text drawing attention to the role of peri-urban and rural areas that border the metropolitan areas.
This event has confirmed our belief that:
- We had anticipated a major territorial transformation by creating several years ago a Community of Competence on "Metropolisation" that analyzed this global reality that does not take a single form.
- We are legitimate with our Initiative for Habitat III that aims to contribute to a more balanced and responsible urban agenda breaking with conventional models and based on territorial, social or technological innovation.
Some information about our Initiative
The objective is to arrive in Quito in 2016 with a document that makes room for both forward-looking proposals but also operational solutions out of exchanges between public and private urban stakeholders: policy makers, business, civil society.
Our initiative is built around a series of preparatory international seminars in Asia, North and South America, Africa, and Europe. Three have already been held in Medellin, Lome and Malmo. The next will be held in Santiago, Chile.
The same generic question will serve as red thread: how people use technology to intelligently manage resources, create local economic value, change behaviour and develop a more pleasant living environment?
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