The UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape, a renewal under new scientific perspectives


Montreal, October 17, 2019 – UNESCO renews the UNESCO Chair in landscape and environment of the University of Montreal for a period of four years by renaming it the “UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape”.

This renewal comes in response to the performance evaluation of the UNESCO Chair and the pertinence of its 2019-2023 strategic plan. This quadrennial plan will align with the UNESCO strategic objectives concerning the future of cities through social development and the rapprochement of cultures. In particular via the strengthening of “the open and inclusive texture of urban societies by means of a whole range of activities”, the functions and the public and private spaces that favour intercultural and intergenerational exchanges and dialogues, and the sharing of their urban expressions.

Moreover, the Chair will pursue its sustained engagement towards the UNESCO priorities concerning the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the 2030 Agenda of the United Nations via a North-South and South-South cooperation with its project partners (WAT_UNESCO).

Furthermore, as part of this renewal, UNESCO has confirmed its attachment to the field of Human and social sciences (HSS) all while maintaining its partnership with the Man and Biosphere (MAB) program.

Guy Lefebvre, vice-rector of International Affairs and Francophone Countries of the University of Montreal, expresses his approval: “The renewal of the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape is excellent news for the University of Montreal and its partners. The only of its kind on campus, this chair is a platform for innovative and original research, but also, and especially, an extraordinary model of student and faculty mobility, which brings together participants from numerous countries and aims to resolve concrete problems for the benefit of society. Bravo!”

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