Working groups

The French partnership for cities and territories is a unique approach which brings together French actors in allwhich brings together French actors in alltheir diversity: State actors, local authorities, companies,NGOs, professionals, researchers, with the goal to carrya shared message during great international events aboutsustainable urban development.

The 10th session of the World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi is the10th session of the World Urban Forum in Abu Dhabi is theoccasion for French actors to present their positions andinitiatives in regard to the implementation of the SustainableDevelopment Goals (SDGs) and of the New Urban Agenda. The PFVT support European values and commitments, in particularsupport European values and commitments, in particularthe Green Deal – new direction initiated by the Presidentof the European Commission for the implementation of theParis Agreement. It suggests a vision of urban development based on humanistic values, on the diversity of cultural approaches, and emphasizes the key role of local authorities, in order to build territories that are fairer, more sustainable where everyone build and live his future. 

In 2019, French actors participated in 10 working group in order to develop common contributions and positions. These various co-production seminars led by the PFVT were formalized in the form of a synthesis and thematic booklets, available in English and in French. 


Food and agriculture

In front of a global food system, the territorial alliance and mobilization of local authorities and of all citizens are key conditions to head toward a food and agricultural system more sustainable. But to achieve it, food and agricultural questions have to be deeply rethought and strategies for transitions have to be implemented. In this perspective, the working group “Food and agriculture” have gathered in order to make sustainable food a crucial point for the development of territories, basing on the relocation of the food system.

Working group synthesis 


Citizenship and social innovation

Focused on inclusion and upgrading of the citizen as a key actor of urban planning, the booklet of the working group “Citizenship and social innovation” re-examine governance models of our cities. Facing the increase of inequalities and socio-spatial segregations, it seems crucial to redefine citizen participation in fostering participative processes, in giving back a space for women or supporting presence of marginalized actors in public decision bodies.

Working group synthesis


Informal city

If informal settlement is not a fatality, it’s often more easy for decision-makers and more profitable for planners and developers to create a new city instead of restructuring precarious neighbourhoods. It is often how the most vulnerable populations are excluded and condemned to survive in irregular, isolated and non-served by basic and quality services. The recommendations proposed by the working group “Informal settlements”, put forward the necessity of anticipating urban extension, to ecologically innovate services and to guarantee the participation of inhabitants and actors, as the responsibility of the lesser, human, cultural and ecological values, to promote a sustainable development of cities and territories.

Working group systhesis


Affordable housing

With nearly 6.6 billion of people living in urban areas in 2050 according to UN projections, to ensure an affordable access to housing for all and to basic services, is more than ever at the agenda. Focused on contemporary stakes, as global than local, the working group “Sustainable housing” gathered in order to address diversified and sustainable responses.

Working group synthesis 



If mobility is essential in the organization of our territories, to move rises also environmental, economic, sanitary, justice and social inclusion, public spaces organization, evolution of the infrastructures and also digital transition and integration of digital stakes, which need to be rethought. With that perspective, the working group “Mobilities” have filled this document reflects on the organization model of mobilities, the share of information, the link between urban planning and transportation planning and on transit modes aiming to guarantee sustainable mobility.

Working group synthesis 


Resilience and climate chance 

Climate change is a reality and has become a major stake for our society. In front of a global increasing urbanization, of the intensive exploitation of natural resources and of the frequencies of extreme meteorological events, it is urgent to involve every city and organization scales to reinforce the resilience of territories and populations living there. It is therefore necessary to consider profound reshape of urban and economic models, to implicate all actors of the territory and to cooperate in a participatory, management or reconstruction dynamic in case of crises.

Working group synthesis


Digital and inclusive transition 

Digital transition needs to appear as an opportunity for cities and their inhabitants. For this, “smart cities” projects have to be done based on a user-centric approach and on local stakes in order to address technical and organizational responses which are adapted to each context. As well, digital data are at the heart of the transformations of city governments as they have to be considered as a common good, accessible to everyone in order to ameliorate the knowledge of the territory, the urban management and stimulate economic innovation. This assumes that technologies have to be considered as a tool. Even though they are essential, it has to stay at the service of citizens to make cities of tomorrow more than just a connected space, potentially creator of exclusion or digital dominations.

Working group synhthesis 


Well-being and health 

To act for health means to profoundly ameliorate the care access and supply, but also to promote a global approach of the territorial diagnosis in the frame of an health project and for the implementation of a targeted actions. In this objective, it is essential to build transversal policies where urban health and well-being, which are at the heart of the political actions and territorial planning, in order to make health, a main lever for a sustainable transition of the society.

Working group synthesis 


Essential services

Focused on drinkable water, sanitation and water hygiene, urban solid waste management and access to energy, the working group “Essential service” questions the sens itself of accessibility to basic services. This notion isn’t just only technological aspects, but invites also to question wider problematics of governance and social inclusion, of taking account economic contexts at local, national and even international levels, of public and private strategies or also formation and innovation. This working group has then chosen to foster access to basic services for local actors and inhabitants, source of more inclusive and sustainable city.

Working group synthesis  


Creative city and strategic smart urban planning 

Focused on the integration of creativity in cities, the working group « Creative cities and smart urban planning” consider creative city as an inspiring city and a city filled with opportunities, shaped by its inhabitants and evolving with time. Creative city have then to be seen as the vector of a common capital around which gather all the actors of a territory, participating to the creation of a common vision of the city, the urban project and urban planning.

Working group synthesis 


Synthesis "Living the future"

« Living the future » is a document gathering all the PFVT’s recommendations for the World Urban Forum organized in Abu Dhabi on February 2020 - on “Cities of opportunities: linking culture and innovation”- for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and the New Urban Agenda. This summary document therefore suggests a vision of urban development based on humanistic values, on the diversity of cultural approaches, and emphasizes the key role of local authorities, in order to build territories that are fairer, more inclusive and more sustainable.

"Living the future"