Home Today's Paper Most Popular Video Gallery Photo Gallery
Subscription Blog Signin Register
Saturday, October 21, 2017 04:24:57 PM
Follow Us On: Facebook Twitter Twitter Twitter Twitter

Global challenges and their local solution

Share your thought
Post a comment »
Read all () »

Denis Coderre :
Think globally, act locally.'' This isn't just a slogan. It's a deep conviction shared by a growing number of elected officials, experts and citizens around the world: Cities - especially the large ones - can and must play a leading role in solving the complex problems of our time.
This new mission is driven by growing urbanization, which is happening world-wide; more than half of the world's population now lives in urban areas. This proportion will reach two-thirds by 2050, according to forecasts by the United Nations.
What is more, these 21st century priority issues are encouraging cities to exercise leadership while pushing other governments to recognize their vital roles. Fighting climate change, the rise of social inequalities, the management of living together and the prevention of radicalization: These are all issues that go beyond borders and are challenging policymakers today. So, while national governments must adjudicate discussions about these complex issues among their populations, cities are often acting without waiting for permission.
Living together: Montréal and cities at the forefront
The issue of "living together" is a marvellous example of this leadership and the proactivity of the world's cities to find innovative solutions to the public problems of our era.
In 2015, some 25 mayors from all over the world met in Montréal for the Living Together Summit. A year later, we announced the creation of the International Observatory of Mayors on Living Together, a platform for exchanges on best practices in cohesion, inclusion and urban safety that now includes 35 cities on four continents.
In 2016, in the wake of the arrival of thousands of Syrian immigrants to Québec and Canada, Montréal also innovated by establishing the Bureau d'intégration des nouveaux arrivants à Montréal (New Immigrants Integration Office of Montréal). By relying on the cooperation of many socioeconomic groups, we were able to assist families seeking housing, to create the "Info-aide réfugiés" ("Info-help for refugees") line, and to fund several cultural activities and reception/integration organizations.
These city-managed initiatives foster the development of pluralistic societies based on sharing and inclusion. Even so, local governments must remain vigilant to maintain the values that facilitate living together. In recent years, the violent radicalization phenomenon - because it threatens the safety of individuals and the security of our social fabric - has become a real problem for society. "From now on, local governments are indispensable players for addressing the global challenges of the 21st century."
Therefore, we must also be proactive. As a result, the City of Montréal, in cooperation with local partners, also established the Centre for the Prevention of Radicalisation Leading to Violence in 2015. The first organization of its kind in North America, the center quickly demonstrated that it was responding to a need: Several months after being established, the center had received more than 600 calls and carried out roughly 150 direct interventions by psychologists and social workers with families worried about the behavior of a loved one.
In parallel, while refugee immigration and reception are raising resistance on both sides of the Atlantic, local leaders and cities are still expressing their solidarity and opening their doors.
I am reminded of Ada Colau, the mayor of Barcelona, who called upon her fellow citizens to "fill the streets" of the second largest city in Spain for a walk entitled "We want to welcome," in February. Some 160,000 people then demonstrated to the European leaders their desire to take in more refugees.
I think of those many sanctuary cities that enable vulnerable immigrants to live without the fear of being deported or reported to the immigration authorities. Montréal very proudly adopted this status in February, taking its cue from Chicago, San Francisco, Boston, New York, Toronto and Vancouver, among others.
These actions are right in line with the commitments adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations at the Habitat III conference in Quito, Ecuador, in 2016, as part of the New Urban Agenda. Member states then committed "to ensuring full respect for the fundamental rights of refugees, displaced persons and migrants, regardless of their migration status" and above all, "to support the cities accepting them."
International recognition and urban diplomacy
This specific recognition by the U.N. of the crucial role of cities in managing migration issues is significant. In 2015, the U.N. also identified cities as key players in achieving its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. In short, the contribution of cities is increasingly being recognized internationally.
At the same time, a new form of international relations - urban diplomacy - is emerging. Metropolis, the world association of major metropolises, for which I am the president, is one of its manifestations. Bringing together decision-makers of 140 major cities around the world, its objective is to uphold the interests of cities and their citizens by helping them better deal with local and global issues. Metropolis has also launched an appeal to respect the values of inclusion and openness, especially regarding the rights of migrants and the most vulnerable populations.
It is in this spirit that our 12th World Congress, which will take place in Montréal in June, will be held under the theme "Global Challenges: Major Cities in Action." This will be an opportunity for local governments to find the best possible answers to the issues that concern their citizens, as part of a new international urban agenda.

Add Rate

News Archive

Inside The New Nation

Football »

Giroud`s overhead kick gives Arsenal 1-0 win at Red Star

Agency :Olivier Giroud scored late in the second half for Arsenal to maintain its perfect Europa League campaign with a 1-0 win over 10-man Red Star Belgrade on Thursday.Five minutes after Milan Rodic was sent off for a second yellow card, Giroud struck with an overhead kick five minutes before ...

Entertainment »

Ali Fazal and Shriya Pilgaonkar come together for Web Series

Shriya Pilgaonkar who was appreciated for her Hindi film debut as Shahrukh Khan’s love interest in Fan and for her viral short film Jai Mata Di, is now going to be seen in a web show called Mirzapur produced by Farhan Akhtar and Ritesh Sidhwani for a global online platform ...

Editorial »

Flood victims yet to get enough support

GOVERNMENT and aid agencies have provided emergency relief for flood victims but not sufficient to settle flood victims as per media reports quoting Center for Policy Dialogue (CPD) researchers who tried to figure out the distribution system in the Haor areas. Over 37 lakh people were affected in the floods ...

City »

Islami Andolon Bangladesh brought out a rally in the city on Friday in protest against price hike of gas and electricity.


International »

Iranian Army chief, Assad discuss joint military strategy

Reuters, Beirut :Iran's military chief met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on Thursday during a visit to Damascus to set out a joint military strategy, Syria's state news agency reported, a sign of deepening Iranian influence that has alarmed Israel.General Mohammad Baqeri said Iran was determined to continue supporting the ...

Editorial »

Mr Xi`s new vision for China

CHINESE President Xi Jinping has laid out a far-reaching vision for a more prosperous nation and a dominating role for China in the world as the US President Donald Trump is working on a reverse way isolating his country from the world leadership role. In the domestic front he has ...

International »

May to urge EU leaders to speed up Brexit talks

AFP, Brussels :British Prime Minister Theresa May will appeal to European Union leaders at a crunch summit in Brussels on Thursday to push forward the deadlocked Brexit negotiations.At a meeting moved to a new venue at the last minute due to an eruption of toxic gas, May will urge her ...

Cricket »

Rangpur Riders recruit Brendon McCullum

Sports Reporter :Rangpur Riders have recruited wicketkeeper-batsman of New Zealand Brendon McCullum for the up coming fifth edition of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).Chief Executive Officer of Rangpur Riders Ishtiaq Sadek said to the newsmen, " We have confirmed that McCullum will join our squad on November 15. He will play ...

Entertainment »

Titaan Chowdhury hosting `Sampan`

'Sampan' is one of the popular programmes of Chittagong centre of Bangladesh Television of present time. Dance, music, magic, etc are presented in this show. Popular face of the small screen Titaan Chowdhury is hosting this programme. Positive side is Titaan is hailed from Chittagong. So it becomes easier for ...

City »

BNP Chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia appeared before the Alia Madrasha Special Court in the city's Bakshibazar on Thursday seeking bail on Zia Orphanage Trust and Zia Charitable Trust Graft cases.

International »

Threats to start war with North Korea `dangerous, short-sighted`: Hillary

Reuters, Seoul :  Former U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Wednesday that "cavalier" threats to start war on the Korean peninsula are "dangerous and short-sighted", urging the United States to get all parties to the negotiating table.Clinton also called on China to take a "more outfront role" in enforcing ...

Sports »

U-12 School Handball Tournament begins tomorrow

Sports Reporter :The Atom Gum Under-12 School Handball (Boys' & Girls') Tournament begins tomorrow at the Shaheed (Captain) M Mansur Ali National Handball Stadium.Bangladesh Handball Federation will organize the handball meet under auspices of Pran Confectionary Limited.In this regard, a press conference was held at the Dutch-Bangla Bank Auditorium in ...

Editorial »

Diplomacy must work in Korean peninsula

THE Korean peninsula is closer to war again as a North Korean official reaffirmed on Monday Pyongyang's commitment to developing a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching "all the way to the East coast of the mainland US." He said his country is currently not interested in diplomacy with ...

Entertainment »

Only Sunny Leone could dare to wish Diwali in this unique manner

Sultry actress Sunny Leone who has millions of die-hard fans around the world has come up with a new video and that too in her own style. Sunny Leone has posted a new video in which she is wishing a Happy Diwali, especially to the boys. This video is, in ...

City »

Liberation Affairs Minister AKM Mozammel Haq speaking as Chief Guest at a discussion meeting organised by the BADC Sramik -Karmachari League on the occasion of its 56th founding anniversary of Bangladesh Agriculture Development Corporation (BADC) at its Conference Room yesterday.

Items that you save may be read at any time on your computer, iPad, iPhone or Android devices.
Are you new to our website? Do you have already an account at our website?
Create An Account Log in here
Email this news to a friend or like someone
Write a comment to this news