We live in an urban century. More than ever, our cities and surrounding regions are on the front line of a globally changing world and need to rapidly adapt to shifts in nearly every dimension of urban life. The impacts of increasing urbanization, demographic change, climate change, technological advancement and development challenges, including public health crises, and the need to end systemic inequities and poverty, are particularly visible in our urban environments. Many perceive our cities and surrounding regions as centers of opportunity and prosperity and, indeed, they are important hubs of economy, innovation, production, consumption, social and cultural interaction. At the same time, numerous cities are places where deep poverty and inequity prevail, and where severe natural degradation proliferates with ecosystems pushed past their thresholds. As our cities rise, grow and change, so do the demands on our finite natural resources, thus further reinforcing disparities in communities across the world. Therefore, the only way forward is to urgently reverse this trend and drastically re-orient the patterns of our daily life, our built environment and the natural systems in and around our cities. Over centuries, we have built urban environments and today they accommodate half of humanity. For decades we experimented, pioneered and made eff orts to create sustainable cities and neighboring regions. In many cases we have been successful. Now, we must accelerate and scale up these experiences to create an entire urban world that is sustainable.
The record contains the Montreal Commitment and Strategic Vision 2018 - 2024 and the Montreal Action Plan 2018 - 2021.