Rethinking sustainable urban development


The French Alliance for Cities and Territorial Development (PFVT, Partenariat français pour la ville et les territoires) is an exchange and promotion platform of French experts in urban development at international level. Expertise France supports PFVT's technical secretariat.

The municipality, a lever for more supportive and inclusive societies

Based on this principle, the French Alliance for Cities and Territorial Development aims at tackling global urbanisation challenges, in the framework of development assistance and exchanges with partner municipalities and partner countries. The Alliance coordinates the development of strategies and the involvement of French actors in the international debate, while promoting French urban expertise.

Towards Habitat III

Sustainable urban development is a major issue; we need to tackle social policy challenges, fight against climate change and economic growth challenges. France is mobilizing on and around this theme by actively taking part in the international debate: Sustainable Development Objectives (SDOs), Paris Climate Conference (COP21) in 2015.

The third United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III) will be held in Quito on the week of the 17th of October 2016. At the end of the conference, a new urban agenda will be developed that will apply for the next 20 years. PFVT is preparing for the Habitat III conference by federating French actors in the area, who will bring the expertise and know-how in response to the partner countries and municipalities requests (events, publications, projects, etc).

Launched in June 2011 at the initiative of MAEDI, MEDDE and MLETR, PFVT federates about a hundred organisations representing the diversity of French urban expertise: State, public institutions, local authorities, professionals, businesses, academic partners and non-governmental organisations.

Find out all about Habitat III Conference on the PFVT website.

Habitat III
Credit : Daniel Joseph-Reinette

By Camille Le Jean
March 2015

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