AIMF Standing Committee 2020: living together and COVID-19

December 14, 2020

The 2020 meeting of the AIMF's Standing Committee on Living Together allowed to explore the challenges and the role of cities regarding social cohesion and inclusion in the context of COVID-19.

The AIMF's Standing Committee on Living Together, chaired by the City of Montréal, held its annual meeting on 14 december, in the margins of the AIMF's 2020 Congress.

Mayors and political representatives from several cities of the Francophonie - including Namur, Nice, Québec, Thetford-Mines and Montréal - participated to this meeting under the theme "COVID and Living Together", which was held virtually.

This meeting was chaired by Ms. Cathy Wong, Executive Committee member, Responsible for diversity, inclusion in employment, the French language and the fight against racism and discrimination and representative of the Mayor of Montréal, Valérie Plante. This meeting was also an opportunity to continue a common reflection about the practice of Living Together, particularly in the context of the pandemic. 

Indeed, the COVID-19 crisis has highlighted and exacerbated existing inequalities and tensions within our societies. While cities have been on the frontline of a series of challenges related to social cohesion, they have also showed leadership and creativity on order to respond to the needs of the population, as well as to foster solidarity, cooperation and resilience.

The AIMF's 2020 Congress was held in hybrid mode on 9 and 10 december in Tunis. The preparatory workshops on the theme "Ville et numérique: comment tenir les promesses de l'innovation?" were held online during october and november.