September 09, 2005 10:43 ET

Campaign to promote the United Nations Millennium Development Goals-City Of Montreal Unveils the Banner: 2015! No Excuse! The World Must Be A Better Place

MONTREAL, QUEBEC--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 9, 2005) - The Mayor of Montreal, Mr. Gerald Tremblay, unveiled the banner supporting the United Nations Millennium Development Goals at a breakfast meeting this morning that brought together several Montreal NGOs, firms and institutions that carry out international cooperation projects. The banner, which reads 2015! No excuse! The world must be a better place, will adorn the facade of the Montreal City Hall until September 16.

This banner is part of the Millennium Towns and Cities Campaign
run by the United Cities and Local Governments, which, at the world council meeting in Beijing in June, passed a resolution to support the eight United Nations Millennium Development Goals adopted by the heads of state and governments in September 2000.

"We are one of over 300 cities and national associations of cities around the world that have ratified the Local Government Millennium Declaration in favour of the Millennium Development Goals in the past few weeks, and that will wage campaigns to demonstrate our commitment to attaining these objectives," Mr. Tremblay said.

The Mayor of Montreal recently returned from New York, where, accompanied by the Mayor of Quito, Mr. Paco Moncayo, he met with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Kofi Annan, who he gave a copy of the Local Government Millennium Declaration in favour of The Millennium Development Goals. At the same time, the Mayor underlined the indispensable role of local governments in attaining these objectives by 2015.

"We are the level of government that is closest to the people and their immediate needs," the Mayor of Montreal said. "There's no shortcut to development, and for development to happen, it must begin on the local level. We must think globally and act locally," he added.

Montreal takes action to promote international solidarity

Montreal plans to take several concrete actions to contribute to the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals. The foremost of the city's international actions concerns water and access to drinking water. The city will share its expertise in this area with the Local Water Committee of the United Cities and Local Governments.

At the 11th session of the Conference of the Parties to the Climate Change Convention, which the city will host in November, Montreal will take advantage of this opportunity to help organize the 4th Summit of World Leaders on Climate Change.

In addition, the city will make other gestures that foster international solidarity. Montreal is teaming up with the consortium Uniterra to offer two pilot experiments to introduce solidarity leave for city of Montreal employees. Municipal employees that want to take this leave will be invited to participate as a volunteer in short-stay missions in Africa. The costs will be shared by the employees themselves, the city and Uniterra. The executive committee of the city has also authorized the Botanical Garden to participate in a project to save the last urban forest in Port-au-Prince, the boise de l'Habitation-Leclerc, security conditions permitting.

"These gestures and those that follow illustrate Montreal's commitment to show solidarity, to be a city that supports and works to attain the United Nations Millennium Development Goals of fighting poverty and underdevelopment by 2015. These actions are in addition to the numerous programs we have introduced locally such as Solidarite 5000 logements and the formulation of the first Strategic Sustainable Development Plan for Montreal, that will help us combat poverty in our own way and do our part to ensure the sustainability of environmental resources," Mayor Gerald Tremblay concluded.

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