Metropolis World Congress
12TH METROPOLIS WORLD CONGRESS OFFICIALLY OPENS IN MONTRÉAL
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By Cori Marshall
Delegates to the 12th Metropolis World Congress, being held in Montréal this week were officially welcomed this morning. Being that it is the 375th anniversary of the founding of the city, attendees were summoned to their seats by a Crieur Publique showcasing the culture of La Nouvelle France. The ceremony was opened by the a traditional Thanksgiving Address from members of the Kanien'kehá:ka Nation, first occupants of the Island and in whose territory Tiohtià:ke or Montréal sits.
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Mayor of Montréal Denis Coderre is serving as President of the congress and he gave the twelfth edition of Metropolis its official launch. Mayor Coderre said that major cities have "great policies, and great strategies, but we need a plan." He also oriented the conference to "focus on a future where cities are the solution."
The role of major cities, and cities in general is becoming central to finding sustainable solutions to challenges we face as a global society. More than half of the world’s population is living in cities currently, and according to the United Nations by 2050 nearly two thirds of people on Earth will be living in urban areas.
The Metropolis Association is a grouping of approximately 140 member cities from around the world. The conference serves as a medium for municipal actors to exchange ideas and expertise on a range of local and global issues. The 2017 edition of the Metropolis World Congress has gathered some 1500 delegates from over 80 countries and has a full schedule of workshops and sessions that run through Wednesday. The conference wraps up on Thursday.
Global society is facing many social challenges related to climate change, and cities are picking up the challenge. Human activity is playing a role in how our environment and climate changes, to what extent is the essence of the debate. Mayor Coderre cited a Senegalese proverb, "only man is the solution to man" by cities stepping up to the task, municipalities are acting with that in mind.
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