Paris, a city with an international profile
Paris, international capital

Paris, international capital

Paris shares the same reality and concerns as all major cities across the world: social, democratic, environmental, economic and cultural issues. The City of Paris wishes to further dialogue, share experiences and expertise. This is why Paris' international initiatives are based on exchanges and on the respect for identities.

Paris' history and identity go well beyond its borders. The capital is very much in demand for exchanges and partnerships on themes such as transport, the environment, urban planning and culture. City Hall must play a key role in international relations through partnerships, acting on a local level. Its influence also involves transmitting strong values, liberty and solidarity.

Energetic and concrete cooperation agreements

Paris exchanges experiences and best practices with other major world cities. Its priorities are urban development (transport, housing, heritage), the environment (improving sanitation, combating pollution, maintaining parks) and culture (promoting Parisian artistic productions abroad and welcoming foreign cultures in Paris). Friendship and cooperation agreements are the outcome of these close exchanges with around forty major cities. The city's exclusive twinning with Rome, which celebrated its fiftieth anniversary in January 2006, also remains very active.

Thinking and acting in city networks

Cities are key players in the world today as 60% of the world population lives in urban areas. This is why the world organisation of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) was founded in Paris in 2004. Co-chaired by the Mayor of Paris, it represents more than half the world's population and voices the concerns of local governments to international organisations. The organisation acts as a spokesperson for its members with a view to finding solutions to the issues of globalisation and urban growth which are specific to major cities.
City Hall also acts through its involvement in city networks:
- Development projects in developing countries are funded by the Association internationale des maires francophones, AIMF (International association of French-speaking mayors). The association has 156 member cities and is chaired by the Mayor of Paris.
- Paris takes part in several European city networks (Eurocities, UCEU) and in numerous European Commission programmes (Leonardo, Culture 2000, Asia Urbs, etc.).

Paris, fighting for a fairer world

- City Hall is strongly committed to defending human rights, individual rights and freedom of the press. Paris is the symbol of these values throughout the world. The creation of a House of Journalists in 2003 and the conferment of the title of citizen of honour to men and women who are in danger for having expressed their opinion, such as the Burmese national Aung San Su Ky and the French-Colombian Ingrid Betancourt, are two examples of strong gestures undertaken as part of this commitment. 
- Paris supports initiatives undertaken abroad by associations and Non-Government Organisations. It also expresses its support through appropriate aid programmes in emergency situations -tsunami in South-East Asia, earthquake in Bam (Iran), floods in Haiti, etc.
- Since 2002, Paris has been increasingly active in the fight against AIDS, particularly in Africa. City Hall devoted an annual budget of 1.7 million in 2006 to this cause.
- Creating better access to water and improving sanitation for  people in deprived areas are also among the City's priorities.

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