Living Together: a key challenge for sustainable development

July 13, 2018
The ICLEI World Congress 2018, held in Montreal between 19-22 June in Montreal, provided an opportunity to discuss about Living Together, as a key challenge to sustainable development.

More than 1200 participants - including 120 mayors and elected officials - coming from more than 150 cities and local governments from around 80 countries around the world gathered in Montreal during the ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability  World Congress in order to exchange and reinforce actions in favour of sustainable urban development.

For this Congress, the International Observatory of Mayors on Living Together organized the session "Living Together in cities: a key challenge for sustainable development".

The speakers of this session were Ms Sue Montgomery, Acting Mayor of the City of Montreal, Mr. Emmanuel Zossou, Mayor of the City of Porto-Novo, Ms Hayet Laggoune, President of the Outaouais Islamic Centre, in representation of the Mayor of Gatineau, Ms Azziza Akhmouch, Head of Division, Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development - OECD, as well as Ms Annick Germain, Sociologist at Centre Urbanisation Culture Société, Institut national de recherche scientifique (INRS) who made a keynote presentation about the challenges of Livng Together in urban settings. The session was moderated by Mr. Esteban Benavides, Coordinator of the Observatory.

The ICLEI World Congress also allowed to discuss about a series of themes regarding inclusion and sustainable development, in particular about the topic of reconciliation with indigenous peoples, through the panel "Transforming the way we live together: reconciliation and cooperation towards our sustainable urban future". 

ICLEI World Congress 2018 (more information).