Graham Hughes The Canadian Press Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante during a press conference in August 2023
The mayor of Montreal, Valérie Plante, will be in New York for Climate Week, which is being held there until Sunday.
Ms. Plante will participate, as co-president, in a meeting of the steering committee of the C40 network, which brings together cities committed to the ecological transition. The mayors of London, Paris, Tokyo, Buenos Aires, Nairobi and Dakar are also taking part.
The mayor will return in particular to the Montreal Commitment, a declaration signed by 61 cities on the occasion of COP15 last year on the preservation of ecosystems. She will also deliver a speech at the Nasdaq annual conference on Tuesday, with the aim of addressing sustainable finance.
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In the same theme, a table discussion organized by Montréal International, Finance Montréal and Investissement Québec International will take place. Ms. Plante will take part with around ten organizations.
“We no longer talk about climate without talking about finances. And we should certainly no longer talk about finances without talking about the climate. Sustainable finance will be at the heart of this mission, which is a great opportunity to seize to present Montreal initiatives, draw inspiration from best practices and create new partnerships,” underlined Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante in a press release.
An economic announcement is expected to take place on Wednesday, with a company announcing its expansion into Montreal. The same day, Ms. Plante will visit the United Nations headquarters for a round table on the ecological transition.
She will not be the only Quebec politician in New York this week. The Prime Minister of Quebec, François Legault, was invited by the Secretary General, António Guterres, to attend the United Nations General Assembly and participate in the first Summit on Climate Ambition. The Minister of the Environment, Benoit Charette, will also be there all week.
Discussions will also take place between the mayor of Montreal and the mayor of New York, Eric Adams, in order to discuss topics such as ecological transition, homelessness, housing, transportation and security.
Ms. Plante will be at the Strong Cities Network Global Summit on Thursday, chaired by Mr. Adams. She is scheduled to deliver the closing address, titled Strengthening resilience and social cohesion: the role of cities in confronting polarization.