are in the MOST Phase I website (1994-2003).
The MOST Phase II website is available at: www.unesco.org/shs/most.
The MOST project Towards socially sustainable cities: building a knowledge base for Urban Management is co-ordinated by Mario Polèse from Villes et Développement in Montréal, and Richard Stren from the Centre for Urban and Community Studies, University of Toronto and GUPI (Global Urban Research Institute), together with Diana Lee-Smith of Mazingira Institute, Nairobi, and ARNUM (African Research Network for Urban Management) and Mario Lungo, Universidad Centro Americana in San Salvador, and FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericano de Ciencias Sociales).
The project is sponsored by MOST, the Governments of Canada and Québec, and UTO (United Towns Organisation).
The central premise of the project may be stated thus:
The project builds on an internationally comparative approach comprising a diversity of institutions. Twelve cities considered for study are:
The workshop decided to proceed with comparative studies, to construct a network, to broaden the above-mentioned themes linked to environment and gender issues, to collaborate with local social workers and NGOs and policy makers at the municipal level.
A meeting was held in October 1996 in Geneva with the very active support of the Swiss Government (Center of Geneva). The Swiss Government is also financing the work of a number of the research groups and the Canada council has granted 25.000 dollars to this MOST project.
To MOST Clearing House Home Page