Who are we?

Who are we?

Hubert Julien-Laferrière, PFVT PresidentThe French Partnership for the City and Territories (PFVT) is the platform for the exchange and enhancement of the expertise of French international urban development actors.

It is a multi-actor partnership launched in June 2011 and chaired by rhône MP Hubert Julien-Laferrière, with the support of the Ministries of Europe and Foreign Affairs, Territory Cohesion, Ecological Transition, and Culture.

Today, it brings together more than two hundred organizations representing the diversity of French urban expertise:

  • State and public institutions
  • Local authorities and elected associations
  • Federations and urban development professionals
  • Private sector
  • Civil society organizations
  • Universities and research and training organizations.

Like a think tank, the PFVT mobilizes its partners in workshops to develop joint proposals for world urban forums and international urban events.

The PFVT coordinates the participation of French actors in the international debate and values French know-how in sustainable urban development, in response to the demands of partner cities and states in developing and emerging countries.

The technical secretariat of the PFVT is provided by the National Federation of Urban Agencies (FNAU).



The PFVT helps to provide a more coherent French response to the demands of partners in developing and emerging countries by pursuing the following objectives:


Building a shared French vision

  • Facilitate exchanges and capitalization based on the experiences of PFVT members
  • Develop shared French positions in working groups and promote them in the international debate

Animating the participation of French actors in national or international events

  • Coordinating the activities of the French delegation
  • organize the French presence on the events, notably through the animations of the France Pavilion
  • Organize the representation of the PFVT

Valuing French urban expertise internationally

  • Collect partners' opportunities and requests and identify the right French expertise
  • Animating the network of actors and informing members about the current development of urban development
  • Promote the expertise of PFVT members, particularly in terms of capacity building, project management, support for governance processes and urban and territorial planning, in connection with the activities of France Sustainable City, and other French initiatives to enhance urban expertise internationally.