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GLIN==> Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Mayors to convene in Québec City



Submitted by Dave Knight dknight@glc.org

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Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Mayors to convene in Québec City



On May 25, 26 and 27, 2005, Québec Metropolitan Community will play host to the 19th annual conference of the International Association of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Mayors, which will be held this year in collaboration with the Great Lakes Cities Initiative. The conference annually brings together mayors of coastal communities in the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River basin, led this year by the mayors of Chicago, Toronto, Montréal and Québec City. The Canada and Québec Ministers of Environment have also confirmed their participation as speakers at this important conference.



The theme of the 2005 conference is "A Collective Responsibility." Discussion topics will include water diversions and withdrawals, water level management, water quality, marine transportation and the future of the Great Lakes/St. Lawrence water resource.



"As a highly desirable commodity and the subject of political negotiations and discussions at several levels, the water of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence system is an invaluable resource for our cities and lands," said Jean-Paul L'Allier, host president of the Québec Metropolitan Community and president of the International Association of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Mayors. "We need to have not only a common perception of the realities it faces and the dangers that threaten it, but also of the urgency to take action together."



The 2005 Great Lakes St. Lawrence Mayors Conference will be held at the historic Château Frontenac in the heart of Old Québec, a city that is on UNESCO's prestigious list of world heritage sites.



All interested persons can participate in the conference. For more information and to register, go to this website: www.cmquebec.qc.ca.



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