Paris and the Paris Métropole Will Work Together to Strengthen their Resilience

At The Global Summit on Inclusive, Innovative and Resilient Cities, Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris, and Patrick Ollier, President of Paris Métropole, committed to collaborate on a shared approach to resilience with the support of 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC).

As part of Cities for Life – The Global Summit on Inclusive, Smart, and Resilient Cities – Anne Hidalgo, the Mayor of Paris, and Patrick Ollier, President of Paris Métropole, announced their intention to collaborate on a shared approach to make Paris Métropole resilient, with the help of 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC). 

The objective of this collaboration is to strengthen the region’s capacity to better anticipate, prevent, and recover from acute shocks and disasters, such as a major flood, heat wave, or a terrorist attack, and from chronic stresses such as migration, poor air quality, or the long-term effects of global warming.

This commitment is part of the partnership between the City of Paris and 100RC. A member of this network since 2015, Paris has engaged more than 400 stakeholders inside and outside the city to assess the city’s resilience, led by Sébastien Maire, Chief Resilience Officer of Paris. The expansion and reflection at the Metropole level will provide an integrated approach for the entire region.

"Today, Paris is engaged in an ambitious resilience process to become stronger in the face of urban challenges. Our thinking focuses on the resilience of the population, as well as that of infrastructure and systems. The more united and solidary society is, the more able it is to cope with any type of shock, whether it be a flood, an attack or a heat wave. Working with the Métropole on this dynamic urban planning effort will allow us to consider common issues and allow all inhabitants of Paris to live in a city capable of adapting and innovating, "said Anne Hidalgo, Mayor of Paris.

"The Métropole has a strategic role in long-term planning and chose resilience as a guide to its future development. Whether it’s about flood prevention, improved air quality or long-term urban planning, or housing and accommodation, we must anticipate and respond to these challenges for the 7 million inhabitants of the region. Joining a network of one hundred cities committed to resilience will enrich our thinking," said Patrick Ollier, President of the Paris Métropole.

The 100RC network will support Paris Métropole in this innovative approach, by providing financial support and by giving access to private partners and international experts. Paris and the Métropole will also benefit from exchanges to share experiences and solutions with other cities in the network, including New Orleans, Athens, Rotterdam and Mexico City.

"Challenges do not stop at a city's borders, and neither does building resilience. That is why planning at the metropolitan level is so crucial," said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities. “Resilience is a transversal  approach, which works across governance and sectors of society to identify innovative solutions that address multiple challenges simultaneously. The specific approach of "social resilience," developed by Paris, is very interesting: for example, by involving and preparing the population for the risk of a hundred-year flood, you can better promote social cohesion and mutual assistance on a daily basis, even in the absence of a shock," he added.

Since 2013, more than 1000 cities around the world have applied to be part of the 100RC Network. Paris is one of the few cities in the network has integrated a metropolitan dimension in its resilience efforts.

Press Contacts
City of Paris : Mélanie Rigaud / presse@paris.fr / 01.42.76.49.61

The Métropole: Véronique Borsa / veronique.borsa@metropolegrandparis.fr / 06.09.47.31.89

100 Resilient Cities : Andrew Brenner / ABrenner@100rc.org

Agency APCO Worldwide: Flora Monsaingeon / fmonsaingeon@apcoworldwide.com

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