Cities for Life Global Summit in Paris - Les Villes pour tous

The second edition of the Cities for Life Global Summit, created in 2015 by the city of Medellin, is to be held at Paris City Hall (21-22 November 2016). This major international event will place Paris at the centre of a network of cities committed to social inclusion, resilience, and innovation for the greatest number of people.

The challenge of achieving greater social inclusion is a global one: it concerns cities in the south, as well as those in the north, east and west. The solutions to be invented in support of city-dwellers (who will account for 2 in 3 people in 2050) concern all the areas of urban policy: access to essential services, employment and vocational training particularly for young people, town planning, the ageing population, adapting to climate change, energy, housing, mobility, education, health, immigration, fighting pollution, integrating the informal sector, the safety and security of people and property…


Monday, november 21rst

9h: Opening of the Summit, presentation of Habitat III, examples of innovations for inclusive cities and program of the 100 Resilient Cities.

11h30: Young people from all over the world imagine tomorrow’s inclusive city, how would it look like?

Twenty teenagers, coming from the five continents, ranging from 12 -17 years old, will imagine the city for us. This event will take place on the international day of Children’s Rights to promote one of the fundamental rights of the child-participation-. They will introduce their propositions for building inclusive and resilient cities. 
In partnership with the french Secours Populaire and the UNICEF.

14h30 : Introducing OECD initiative for an inclusive growth in cities and launching Paris Agenda.

In 2012, with the support of the Ford Foundation, the OECD launched the initiative for an inclusive growth, in order for authorities to track standards of living and mostly well-being, and to conceive a set of measures fostering both equity and growth. During this meeting in Paris, the launching of an International Plan of Action will be announced.

16h : OECD’s Workshops

Main themes : Access to basic services, education, skills and employment, integration of migrants and refugees into the work market , climate change, inclusive growth

Main themes : Access to basic services, education, skills and employment, integration of migrants and refugees into the work market , climate change, inclusive growth

Tuesday, november 22nd

During the day: Panel discussions

  • To create an Inclusive City
  • An inter-generation City
  • Cities facing climate change
  • Reception of migrants: the mobilization of cities
  • To work differently
  • New tools, for a new Democracy
  • The inclusive African city
  • Is it still possible to innovate in terms of urban housing?
  • Cities of tomorrow: challenges and opportunities for a new urban planning
  • Reliable finance for a city of solidarity
  • Public spaces and urban changes
  • Sharing the city, how far can we go?
  • Open-data City
  • Re-inventing a city for everyone
  • Alternatives to city travel
  • Inclusion through Sport

And workshops

Co-creative workshop with Civic Tech on Urban Innovation: meet entrepreneurs from Civic Tech to exchange on the main challenges we are facing and to find new solutions

Co-creative workshop with Open Data on Urban Innovation: meet leaders of Open Data and explore with them the set of data that will change the city !

The complete program of the two days summit

For two days: the village of innovations

At the startups stands, new apps and technologies for a smart city will be on display!

International cities and private partners

To reinvent their cities, Mayors and their public and private partners have innovative new tools at their disposal, as well as a number of experiments carried out in cities such as Paris, Berlin, Copenhagen, Madrid, Rotterdam and Seoul.

The Cities for Life Summit, organised in association with the La Tribune/Smart City Paris Forum, is a call for greater cooperation between cities, for solidarity and for exchanges of initiatives and best practice. It will bring together leading networks of cities such as the OECD, AIMF, 100 Resilient Cities and C40, major foundations such as the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations, and think tanks such as People for Global Transformation, etc. 

With : Ohiane Agirregoitia, Dominique Alba, Albert Asséraf, Laurent Auguste, Gilles Babinet, Michael Berkowitz, Abdel Bounane, Anne Charpy, Benjamin Chemla, Pilar Conesa, Henri Coron, Julie de Pimodan, Joël de Rosnay, Charles Deffrennes, Benjamin des Gachons, Damien Desjonqueres, Jean Deydier, Rashiq Fataar, Gianluca Galletto, Katalin Gallyas, Manuelle Gautrand, Gabriella Gómez-Mont, Angel Gurría, Federico Gutierrez, Saïd Hammouche, Seeta Hariharan, Nicolas Hazard, Stephen Hilton, Patrice Jolibois, Pierre-René Lemas, Cécile Maisonneuve, Carlos Moreno, Michael Müller, Thomas Ollivier, Jorge Perez Jaramillo, Stéphane Richard, Samuel Roumeau, Richard Sennett, Bertrand Serp, Gaëtan Siew, Mariam Sy Diawara, Sophie Viger, Charles-Edouard Vincent, Darren Walker...

The conference will be held just a few weeks after the UN Habitat III conference and will bring together participants from around the world committed to fighting against exclusion and inequalities, constructing a genuine urban transition, and achieving inclusive and ecological growth.

A broad international debate prior to the Summit

Although we are all familiar with the words “solidarity” and “fraternity”, the term “inclusion” remains a relative unknown. And yet it is with this broad and ambitious goal of “reducing exclusion” that so many policies are being conducted in France and abroad.

An international consultation that is open to everyone proposes to reflect on this term and share our visions of the city for all, the “city that does not exclude anyone”. You can answer all or some of the questions, and share your remarks and experiences. Your contributions will be collected in an executive summary, which will be delivered during the summit.

Summit website and online debate

Dernière mise à jour le mardi 15 novembre 2016
Crédit photo : © François Grunberg / Mairie de Paris

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