On 24 October 2017, representatives of the international community of designers, architects, planners and landscape architects signed the Montreal Design Declaration. The Declaration proclaims the potential of design to achieve global economic, social, environmental and cultural objectives and includes a dramatic call to action to professionals, educators and governments as well as a list of proposed projects. The Declaration, signed in the presence UN agencies, lists over 600 professional associations, design schools and stakeholders.

The Declaration is a milestone marking the launch of a collaborative effort to utilise the potential of design for all, and concludes: "All people deserve to live in a well-designed world."

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