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Voice of the Mayors

Voice of the Mayors, an initiative of Metropolis, aims to promote and shine an international spotlight on good governance by leaders who actively contribute to worldwide sustainable urban development as part of their mandate. These leaders oversee the administration of major cities, urban agglomerations or metropolitan areas and hold high-level political responsibilities; by sharing their experience, they actively contribute to contemporary international discussion.   Their accounts dovetail with the activities and exchanges of the Montréal Thematic Meeting on Metropolitan Areas.

 Visit the Metropolis website to read what they have to say.


An event of the calibre of the Montréal Thematic Meeting on Metropolitan Areas can only be organized through cooperation with partners. The Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal pays tribute to the following organizations:

United Nations

The United Nations (UN) is an international body founded in 1945. Today there are 193 Member States. The UN's mission and work are guided by the goals and principles set out in its founding charter, which include peace and security, sustainable development, human rights, disarmament, terrorism, humanitarian and health crises, gender equality, governance, and food production. Through its role in dialogue and negotiation, the UN has become a mechanism that enables governments to find areas of agreement and work together to solve problems.  

UN website

Habitat III

Habitat III is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development that will be held in Quito, Ecuador, on October 17-20, 2016. The purpose of the conference is to achieve renewed political agreement in favour of sustainable urban development. It will be an opportunity to evaluate progress to date, identify solutions in the fight against poverty, and discuss emerging challenges.

Habitat III website


METROPOLIS, the World Association of the Major Metropolises, is the top international organization bringing together cities and metropolitan areas with a population of over one million. It represents more than 130 members around the world. Metropolis aims to serve as an international forum where major cities can work together on problems they have in common.

Metropolis website


RAMA, the Réseau des aires métropolitaines des Amériques [network of metropolitan areas of the Americas], aims to promote the importance of the metropolitan level in territorial planning on the international scene and to encourage political dialogue, technical cooperation and exchange of best practices in metropolitan planning and management across the Americas.

City of Montréal

Montréal, the host city for the Montréal Thematic Meeting on Metropolitan Areas, is Canada's second largest city and the largest in the province of Québec; it is located in the province's southern area. The city is also the largest French-speaking city in the Americas and counts among the world's biggest French-speaking cities.  

City of Montréal website


Founded in 2004, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) is the unified voice and international defence body for local and regional autonomy. UCLG members are present in 140 countries and are organized into seven regional sections, a Forum of Regions and a Metropolitan Section, coordinated by METROPOLIS. Over 1,000 cities and regions as well as 155 local government associations are among the organization's members.

UCLG website


Logos des collaborateurs

Reference documents on metropolitan areas

Declarations and manifestos


« Déclaration of Buenos Aires – Ideas and recommandaitions from a metropolitant perspective »  - Metropolis, mai 2015.

« The City of 2030 - Our Manifesto »  - Cités et Gouvernements Locaux Unis, novembre 2010.

« The Istanbul Declaration: And the Habitat Agenda with Subject Index » - ONU-Habitat, juin 1996. EN.

« The Vancouver Declaration on Human Settlements: From the report of Habitat » [PDF 3,23 Mo] - United Nations Conference on Human Settlements, Vancouver, Canada, 31 May to 11 June 1976.

Studies and articles

« Issue Papers and Policy Units of the Habitatt III Conference » - Habitat III, avril 2015.

« The Metropolitan Century : Understanding Urbanisation and its Consequences » – Organisation de Coopération et de Développement Économiques,  mars 2015.

« Impressions on Rosario's Metropolitan and Buenos Aires’s Metropolitan Area governance and urban renewal project » [PDF 1,48 Mo] - Metropolis, EMPLASA et Governo do Estado de São Paulo, mars 2014.

«Comparative study on metropolitan gouvernance : Preliminary text » [PDF 633 Ko] - juillet 2013.

« Comparative study on metropolitan governance : Meeting # 2 Report » [PDF 556 Ko] - Metropolis, avril 2013.

« Rapport de la Conférence des Nations Unies sur les établissements humains Istanbul (Turquie) » [PDF 478 Ko] - Habitat II, août 1996. FR

« Régions Métropolitaines : Document de Travail, Seconde Édition» [PDF 6 Mo] - Metropolis, avril 2009.

« Organización y funciones de las metrópolis » [PDF 3,89 Mo] - Metropolis et Universitat Pompeu Fabra, mars 2005.

Dernière mise à jour :  30 septembre 2015