Statement by FCM President Clark Somerville on conclusion of Habitat III (21/10/2016)
It was a great honour to lead a strong delegation of municipal leaders to the 2016 United Cities and Local Government (UCLG) World Assembly and the United Nations Habitat III conference. Mayors and councillors from Canadian communities of all sizes were joined by elected local officials from our FCM International partner countries.
Together, we helped push the vital role that local governments play in solving national and international challenges to the top of the agenda. Our presence at this meeting demonstrates the essential role FCM plays in supporting municipalities around the world. For instance, we have been pleased to be able to convene discussions on supporting the people of Haiti in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
On behalf of the Canadian delegation, I want to congratulate Mr. Parks Tau, President of the South African Local Government Association, on his election as UCLG President. I would also like to congratulate City of Kitchener Mayor Berry Vrbanovic on his election as UCLG Treasurer. We look forward to working with them to strengthen local governments around the world.
I would also like to thank the Honourable Jean-Yves Duclos, Canada's Minister of Families, Children and Social Development, for his commitment to the sustainable and inclusive growth of cities and communities at home and abroad. The New Urban Agenda, adopted at Habitat III, is a guiding document for countries and local governments around the world. It specifically identifies adequate housing as a core issue, and I took the opportunity to present the Minister with FCM's recommendations for the upcoming National Housing Strategy.
We come out of these meetings energized and ready to continue building our partnership with the federal government, international agencies and local governments around the world.