Solidarity, a value based on social responsibility and education
Paris is convinced that solidarity with the most underprivileged populations in the world its our collective responsibility. To achieve this, it is committed to educational campaigns and to supporting associations in the city.
A value based on education and citizenship
Softening the blow of globalisation and promoting better distribution of wealth in the world are not only the responsibility of States, NGOs and major international institutions: it is up to everyone to act at their own level. The City of Paris is committed to promoting the solidarity of all Parisians towards developing countries.
Paris supports several associations which coordinate events aimed at raising public awareness.
Here are some examples:
- The "AlimenTERRE" campaign
This event organised for World Food Day brings several tens of thousands of people to Paris for the "Marché alimentaire et solidaire" (support through food markets).
- The "Semaine de la solidarité internationale"
Each year in November, the international solidarity week brings together the initiatives of many institutions and associations in Paris, including arrondissement town halls.
Fair trade, at the heart of the everyday life
The City of Paris undertakes to increase the acceptance of fair trade produce in the daily lives of Parisians. Socially responsible consumption is an essential factor of a fairer world economy. Fair trade still only accounts for 0.1% of world trade and it must be encouraged through proactive public polices.
Three main levers are used:
- Raising younger generations' and the general public's awareness of socially responsible consumption ("Quinzaine du commerce équitable" campaign - two weeks promoting fair trade).
- Acting within the Eurocities network, in which Paris leads a socially responsible consumption group. A coherent action and communication plan has been set up for the purchasing strategies of the capitals and their citizens' consumer behaviour.
- Taking advantage of the opportunities provided by the law to give precedence to fair trade produce in the city's calls for tender. Part of the tea and coffee consumed at the City Hall comes from fair trade.