The Montréal Thematic Meeting on
Metropolitan Areas has been selected by the Habitat III Secretariat as one of
the eleven thematic and regional meetings to help prepare the Third United
Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III)
to be held in Quito in 2016.
With support from the United
Nations (UN), the Government of Canada, the Government of Québec, the Network
of Metropolitan Areas of the Americas (RAMA) and Metropolis, the Communauté
métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM) takes this opportunity, which occurs only once
in 20 years, and becomes part of the process leading to Habitat III [PDF 463
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On October 6 and 7, 2015, more
than 500 stakeholders of the international community representing Member
States, metropolitan area institutions and international civil society will
gather at the headquarters of the International Civil Aviation Organization
(ICAO) in Montréal to adopt the Montréal Declaration on Metropolitan Areas.
The Montréal Declaration rests on
the conviction that metropolitan areas have an important role to play in
developing the "New Urban Agenda for the 21st Century". The
declaration aims to acknowledge, within the New Urban Agenda, that metropolitan
areas foster the sustainable development of cities in its social,
environmental, cultural and economic dimensions, and thus help to satisfy
current population needs.