Québec City, together with Amman, Jordan and Capetown, South Africa, have been named the three finalists to host the Universal Cultural Forum.
The Forum was launched in Barcelona in 2004 and is held every four years. UNESCO is associated with this international gathering of planning and quality-of-life improvement experts. The main agenda items include peace, cultural diversity and sustainable development.
Mayor Régis Labeaume hopes that Québec City will use the Forum to become the world’s first “water-responsible city”. Members of the event’s selection committee will be visiting in the near future to evaluate the city’s potential.
The winner will be announced in January 2011 at the conclusion of the Valparaiso Forum in Chile. Acclaimed director and playwright Robert Lepage, who attended the 2004 Forum in Barcelona, is backing Québec City’s bid.
Promotional video: Québec City’s bid to host the 2016 Universal Cultural Forum