The UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape of the University of Montreal: an Invitation to the International Day of Living Together in Peace and the Launch of its New Publication


Montreal, May 20, 2019 – At UNESCO headquarters in Paris, Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec, Director of the UNESCO Chair in Urban Landscape (CUPUM) was invited to organize and moderate a panel discussion, which included various experts, on the theme “WAT_UNESCO – Imagining Cities Together”eight: 400;”>, which gathered French academics. Canadian participation was also ensured by the presence of Sylvain Paquette, Director of the CPEUM and research fellow at the UNESCO Chair. The round table’s objective was to debate the results of the WAT_UNESCO Évry 2017; to discuss the reasons behind the city/university dialogue in order to better design the city and to better live university campuses, and the importance of imagining cities together through the case of the city of Évry-Courcouronnes. 

This panel discussion was bringing a day of mobilization to a close; a day which focused on the efforts of the international community in favour of peace, tolerance, inclusion, comprehension and solidarity, and the opportunity for all to express their profound desire to live and act together, united in difference and in diversity. Let us highlight that UNESCO is the agency of the United Nations responsible for the International Day of Living Together in Peace.

In the wake of this international event, the book L’université et la ville : Évry, stratégies pour un modèle de partage (The University and the City: Évry, strategies for a sharing model), under the direction of Philippe Poullaouec-Gonidec, Marlène Ghorayeb, Laurence Costes et Patrick Marmen (Édition La Découverte, Paris) was launched. This launch brought together the many social stakeholders that work towards the promotion of living together throughout the network of the International Observatory of Mayors on Living Together, the Permanent Delegations of UNESCO Member States, UNESCO’s academic and NGO networks, the partners of Human and Social Sciences, the UNESCO Secretariat, and the general public.

Let us note that the launch of this publication took place under the aegis of the Permanent Delegation of Canada to UNESCO and the Permanent Delegation of France to UNESCO.