Municipal leaders join the Canadian delegation to the United Nations Global Summit on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (14/10/2016)
Canadian municipalities are helping to shape a global New Urban Agenda as world leaders gather in Quito, Ecuador for the United Nations (UN) Habitat III conference, October 17-20. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) will officially represent local governments as part of the Canadian delegation led by the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, federal Minister of Families, Children and Social Development.
"FCM is pleased to be working in partnership with the federal government to define and implement an agenda to support the sustainable development of cities and communities in Canada and around the world," says FCM President Clark Somerville. "Tackling challenges such as affordable housing and climate change will require all orders of government to work together and take urgent action."
Habitat III will be one of the first UN global summits following the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals and the COP 21 climate change agreement. The summit will culminate in an International declaration, entitled the New Urban Agenda, which will seek to reinvigorate global political commitments and set an action plan for the sustainable development of towns, cities and human settlements over the next 20 years. Canada will also publish a country report outlining its political recommitment to sustainable urban development.
The FCM delegation is led by FCM President Clark Somerville and comprises representatives from communities of all sizes, including Montreal, Metro Vancouver, Kitchener and Repentigny. They will be joined in Quito by international partners from local governments in Haiti.
"Every local government around the world is working towards the same goal: creating cities and communities that people are proud to call home. We are pleased that the Government of Canada shares this agenda, and we are working together at home and abroad to turn this vision into reality," says Somerville.
In advance of Habitat III, Canadian municipal leaders are spending this week with municipal colleagues from around the world at the United Congress of Local Governments in Bogota, Colombia to develop inputs for the upcoming international processes.
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