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Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On behalf of the entire Metropolis team and myself, I would like to extend my best wishes for 2015 to you, your families, your collaborators and anyone dear to you.

I would also like to express my sincerest gratitude to you for your renewed support in my re-appointment as President of Metropolis; I pledge to continue pushing our network forward and to enhance its recognition on the international stage.

The decisions you reached during our Congress in Hyderabad last October concerning a new strengthened governance, a board of directors that is both renewed and experienced, a plan of action for 2015-2017, which shall comprise a strong element of political debate, and the creation of a network of young people enable us to tackle the major events on the international agenda with poise and consummate professionalism, i.e. the Millennium Development Goals, the Post-2015 Development Agenda, COP 21 and Habitat III.

We are ready for battle, ready to rise to the challenges and to put ourselves forward – in our capacity as metropolitan authorities and regional capitals – as front-line spokespeople in effecting the world’s future urban and social development.

Until then, I invite you to join me in Buenos Aires from 18 to 21 May 2015 for “Living the City” and to partake in a new more specific concept of meeting, which is not only more interactive but also rounds off the 30th anniversary of our association in a spirit of conviviality.

Wishing a wonderful festive season to all of you.

As part of the Metropolis Initiative on Integrated Strategic Planning and Public-Private Partnerships, Paul James, Director of the United Nations Global Compact Cities Programme and Director of the Global Cities Institute at the RMIT, Melbourne, presented the groundbreaking “Circles of Sustainability” methodology to the Metropolis General Secretariat on friday 26th April.

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Metropolis News 2009 No. 1
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12 pages

Summary:
- Outcomes of the 9th Metropolis World Congress, 22-25 October 2008
- New Strategic and Action Plan 2009-11
- Forthcoming Board of Directors Meeting: Moscow, 21-24 May 2009
- Restructuring of the Metropolis Secretariat General
- Calendar of Events

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