D4 Living together in the city

A key challenge for sustainable development
21 Jun 2018
11:15 - 12:30

D4 Living together in the city

In the context of globalization and because of different phenomena (e.g. human mobility, urbanization, increased diversity), our cities are facing profound transformations. The city has become a place where multiple identities and affiliations meet. In a world where human mobility is increasing, our cities have become more and more diversified (ethno-culturally, linguistically, religiously, but also in terms of way of thinking and lifestyles). The spectrum of human diversity challenges our cities in terms of social cohesion and inclusion and emphasizes the unequal access citizens have to opportunities and services.

This session aims at better understanding the impact of these global dynamics at the local level. It seeks to bring to light the experiences and initiatives of different North American cities when addressing issues related to human mobility, diversity, social cohesion, inclusion and public participation.


Esteban Benavides
Coordinator, International Observatory of Mayors on Living Together, City of Montréal, Canada


Emmanuel Zossou
Mayor, Ville de Porto-Novo, Benin

Annick Germain
Sociologist – Researcher, Institut national de recherche scientifique – INRS, Canada

Aziza Akhmouch
Head of the Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development Division, Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Sue Montgomery
Borough Mayor, Côte-des-Neiges—Notre-Dame-de-Grâce, Ville de Montréal, Canada

Hayet Laggoune
President, the Outaouais Islamic center and Partner, City of Gatineau, Québec, Canada