Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has joined a new United Nations group to involve local and regional governments in the effort to breathe new life into the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.
The Advisory Group on Local and Regional Governments consists of 20 elected officials from five continents, The Canadian Press reports.
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Other members include the mayors of New York City, London, and Paris.
The UN says the group will find ways to improve collaboration between cities, regions, national governments, and international organizations, and make recommendations ahead of a 2024 summit.
In a release, Plante said her participation will allow Montreal to learn from other cities on how to minimize the impacts of climate change.
UN Secretary-General António Guterres has told the group the UN wants to hear the perspectives of local and regional authorities about how to make multi-country organizations more effective, CP says.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published October 16, 2023.