The principal mission of the International Institute for
the Management of Major Metropolises, based in Montréal (IIMMM), is to
strengthen the institutional and professional capacities of local and
metropolitan authorities and their leaders for better public governance.
Most major cities have developed
an open economy and, consequently, are well aware of the necessities of
competition and productivity. Growth and globalization as such are not new;
rather, it is the accelerated speed at which they are taking place that sets
current and future economic situations apart from the past. This acceleration
demands that cities be able to compete both with the private sector as well as
with other cities.
To this end, the elected representatives, leaders
and employees of cities and public bodies in general must be
encouraged to upgrade their skills and increase their expertise in order to help
their organization perform better and adapt more easily to new situations.
Capacity building has become imperative for meeting current and future urban
Recognizing this new reality, Metropolis, the World
Association for Major Metropolises, has created the International Institute
for the Management of Major Metropolises. It hopes that this initiative will be
endorsed by all public bodies and be seen as a necessary effort to promote
skills development, a better of quality of life for all citizens, and greater