The programme was designed to ensure that key issues of inclusion were added to the global agenda of metropolitan areas. Various theme sessions discussed key aspects of sustainable urbanisation, including migration, anti-racism, social cohesion, gender equality, youth employment, the increase in urban poverty, the protection of girls and the informal economy.
Minister-President Vervoort led the delegation of the Brussels-Capital Region to South Africa. During the meeting of the association’s Board of Directors, he participated in the election of its new president, Michael Müller who is the mayor of Berlin. The members of the Brussels delegation also spoke during various round-tables, on such themes as the economy and urban planning.
Montréal, meanwhile, hosted the second meeting in the margin of the Metropolis pilot project on “Innovations in revitalisation strategies through urban projects”, from 26 until 29 September. The Brussels-Capital Region, which has taken the lead of the project, has partnered with Metropolitan Lyon and the City of Montréal for this purpose.