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Metropolitan Areas in the New Urban Agenda

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Towards the Montréal Declaration

To address the growing process of metropolization around the world, the Montréal Thematic Meeting on Metropolitan Areas aimed to recognize the role of metropolitan areas in achieving global sustainable urban development goals.

The Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal  has drafted a discussion paper to initiate dialogue between the representatives of Member States, metropolitan institutions, municipalities and civil society with a view to adopting the Montreal Declaration on metropolitan areas.

The Montréal Declaration on metropolitan areas

Download the Montréal Declaration [PDF 1.8 MB]

The Montréal Declaration on Metropolitan Areas is the result of a transparent and inclusive process that began in the summer of 2015 with the publication of a discussion paper "Metropolitan areas at the time of Habitat III" [PDF 1.1 MB]. The document portrayed the evolution of cities subjected to the accelerated process of urbanization and demonstrated the importance of providing metropolitan areas with mechanisms to respond to this global challenge. A zero draft declaration [PDF 1 MB] was subsequently drafted and submitted for discussion through an interactive exchange platform - e-discussions - allowing Member States, metropolitan institutions, municipalities and civil society to participate in the discussion. Following this first interactive exchange, a report [PDF 3MB] was produced based on the feedback,  enhancing the draft declaration. The draft declaration [PDF 1.8 MB] was then submitted and discussed at the Montréal Thematic Meeting. Deliberations on the content of the declaration took place between civil society and experts, Member States , municipal institutions and metropolitan areas. The consensus building process led to the adoption of the Montreal Declaration on Metropolitan Areas [PDF 1.8 MB], marking the end of the event.

The Montréal Declaration on Metropolitan areas aims to:

  • Addresses the challenges of metropolitan areas, particularly in urban planning, housing, transportation, environmental protection, economic and social development as well as governance and financing mechanisms;
  • Recalls the importance of metropolitan areas in implementing and achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which were adopted by the UN in September 2015;
  • Defines a new model for sustainable urban development that will come into play in the 21st century;
  • Proposes the implementation of planning and multi-level cooperation mechanisms at the metropolitan level between States, local and metropolitan institutions and civil society;
  • Recognizes the important role of metropolitan areas in the New Urban Agenda.

The Montréal Declaration on Metropolitan areas was an opportunity to speak as one through a declaration that clearly asserts the importance of metropolitan areas, which can accelerate public action through planning and cooperation mechanisms that are more consistent, effective and sustainable for close to 60% of the world’s urban population. The Meeting aims to be an important contribution to the New Urban Agenda to be adopted at Habitat III in Quito in 2016.

Follow-up committee and promotion of the Montréal Declaration

To follow up and promote the Montréal Declaration on Metropolitan Areas and its inclusion in the New Urban Agenda, a committee will be created. This committee will be composed of the Chairs and Co-Chairs who presided the UN Member States, local governments and civil society plenary sessions at the Montréal Thematic Meeting on Metropolitan Areas.

Dernière mise à jour :   5 novembre 2015