MONTREAL, June 3, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ - The Mayor of Montréal, the Honourable Denis Coderre, is pleased to announce that Montréal will be hosting the Living Together Summit in Montréal on June 10 and 11, 2015. This world premiere will bring together some 30 mayors of large cities of the world at the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) headquarters, to discuss issues and the best practices in the fields of inclusion, social environment, cohabitation, prevention and security.
"The tragic events of the past few months, especially those that occurred in Paris, Brussels, Ottawa, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Tunis, Sydney and in the Mediterranean remind us that major cities are faced with important challenges in terms of coexistence and prevention of radicalization. Globalization, the evolution of communications, population mobility and metropolization mean that we have to cope with new realities that have a direct impact on the way we manage our cities," said the Mayor of Montréal.
"In this context we, the mayors, must take action now and reflect about the practices that will enable us to strike a balance between openness and vigilance. This summit demonstrates our commitment to play this role, so that our communities may live in cities that are safe, inclusive and vigilant," added Mayor Coderre.
The Living Together Summit is held in cooperation with Metropolis, an international association that brings together cities of more than one million inhabitants. At this event, mayors will discuss openness and vigilance. The Mayor of Paris, Mrs. Anne Hidalgo, will give a speech as part of a luncheon conference held by the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations. Other speeches will be delivered by the Mayor of Miami, Mr. Tomás Regalado, and by the Mayor of Washington, Mrs. Muriel Bowser.
Other presentations will be made by a panel of experts made up of Mrs. Hedieh Mirahmadi, President and founder of the World Organization for Resource Development and Education (WORDE), Mrs. Marie-Hélène Bacqué, sociologist, urban planner and professor at the Université de Paris Ouest Nanterre, and Mrs. Julie-Anne Boudreau, researcher and professor at the Institut national de recherché scientifique (INRS).
The summit will end by the adoption of the Montréal Declaration that sets out the general principles and commitments on Living Together in cities.
Approximately 30 mayors have confirmed their presence, including the mayors of Beirut, Brussels, Dakar, Geneva, Hiroshima, Johannesburg, Casablanca, Miami, Monterrey, Paris, Washington D.C., and the Chief of Mashteuiatsh.
SOURCE Ville de Montréal - Cabinet du maire et du comité exécutif
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