From 14 until 16 November 2013, Paris will host the 33rd Congress of Francophone Mayors. 450 guests, including 250 mayors from the French-speaking world, will hold a meeting at Paris City Hall with the theme “Francophone local officials: their actions to promote the Social and Solidarity Economy”.
International Solidarity Week will be launched on 15 November on the steps of Paris City Hall with a photo exhibition by Reza, patron of the event.
Paris, a city whose name is associated with the greatest philosophers and abolitionist writers such as Victor Hugo and Voltaire, will light up the house of Victor Hugo on 30 November 2013 for the second consecutive year.
The first part of the Dakar-Paris Tandem was presented in Dakar from March to June 2013. It gave some 30,000 spectators the chance to see more than 50 Parisian events in 20 places around the Senegalese capital.
Fashion designer KENZO has called on artists and personalities from around the world and Japanese people living abroad to spare a thought for the reconstruction of Japan by taking part in his project, “Okiagari Koboshi”.
The French and Argentinean capitals welcome two young designers as part of an exchange.
Paris maintains its commitment to the improvement of worldwide access to water with two new projects presented by the NGOs Inter Aide and Secours Catholique.
Bertrand DELANOE, Mayor of Paris, will present the great Franco-Cambodian filmmaker, writer and defender of the memory and history of Cambodia, with the Grande Médaille de Vermeil of the City of Paris on November the 15th
Declared a World Heritage Site in 2012, the Moroccan capital uses the expertise of Paris to support the project to improve its architectural and urban heritage.
Paris City Hall supports the city’s cultural diversity and is developing a strong dynamic of cooperation with Parisian associations and their partners in the South. Migrant associations provide a space where non-EU Parisians can participate. In this respect, they are essential places of intercultural exchange.
The Mayor of Paris went to Rabat (Morocco) for the occasion of the 4th World Congress of the UCLG (United Cities and Local Governments) which was held from 2 to 4 October 2013 on the theme “Imagine society, build democracy”.
On the occasion of the 52nd anniversary of the massacre of 17 October 1961, during which between 50 and 120 Algerians were killed while protesting peacefully against the curfew applied only to North Africans, Bertrand Delanoë, Mayor of Paris and Amar Bendjama, newly appointed Ambassador of Algeria in Paris, laid a wreath at the memorial plaque which is dedicated to their memory.
On October 14 and 15, the Paris Council granted emergency aid of €75,000 to Action Against Hunger, to provide water and sewerage facilities to Syrian refugee camps in Iraqi Kurdistan.
Every year, several Parisian officials take part in a mobility programme which was set up by Paris and its European partners. Starting in 2004 with Vienna, the programme now has 6 partner cities and is supported by the European Leonardo da Vinci mobility programme. Three Berliners who stayed in Paris in 2013 share their experience of the Paris administration.
Cooperation on the role of nature and the pedestrian in densely populated cities
For the second time, the City of Paris is committed alongside Plan France to raising awareness among Parisians of the rights of girls in the world.
With the support of the City of Paris, Libraries Without Borders held a symposium on 11 and 12 October 2013 at the Maison de l’Amérique Latine in Paris, on the issue of access to information, new technologies and culture in humanitarian crisis situations. On this occasion, the Ideas Box, a media library kit for refugees designed by Starck, was unveiled at the City Hall, on the sidelines of the symposium.
In early October, Victor or Children in Power by Roger Vitrac, directed by Emmanuel Demarcy-Mota, will inaugurate the Seoul Performing Art Festival. It had been a long time since a French theatre group had come to give a show in South Korea. It was a rare opportunity for human and artistic encounters.
The DansMaRue app allows Parisians to report any problems on public roads to the city departments. With geolocation and qualification of the problem, the message is sent directly to the closest and most competent department which will analyse and deal with it. A local operator will trigger the necessary actions and will keep the app user informed.
The 10th National meeting of Portuguese and Lusophone associations of France, organised by the Coordination of Portuguese Communities of France (CCPF) was held for the third time at Paris City Hall on 19 October.