The Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations Office in Geneva, and beyond this, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development and the French Republic, are particularly happy to be a partner in the organisation of the 1st edition of the International Forum on Public Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development:
- Because this Forum embodies the innovative and promising tripartite cooperation between the UN, the French Government and a French territory, within the framework of the "International Geneva", which we welcome,
- Because this Forum is structured around issues which constitute key pillars of French policy: sustainable development, a crucial element in our common fight against global warming, the active involvement of civil society and the private sector in debates and decisions which concern us all, and the participation of local authorities in external actions of the State,
- Because this Forum, organised shortly after the announcement by the UNGA of the new Post 2015 Development Objectives, and a few weeks before the important meeting on climate in Paris in December, demonstrates that local solutions, rooted in the realities of citizens' lives, can effectively contribute to the global challenge that is sustainable development.
May this Forum mark the beginning of a long-lasting cooperation between the United Nations, France, and Annemasse Agglo.
Annemasse Agglo is driven by its will to implement innovative development projects in the transboundary region of Greater Geneva. We believe our territory has the assets needed to become by 2020 an attractive, flourishing and inclusive city with a solid reputation in the Geneva region. We envisage Annemasse as a destination where the combination of economic potential and human diversity creates a unique added value.
The relation built with UNITAR over the years through our organisation "Cité de la Solidarité Internationale" fits within this dynamic. This takes practical shape with the organisation of this Forum in Annemasse, which constitutes the first step towards the establishment of an International Platform on Public Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development, closely linked to the newly adopted Sustainable Development Objectives.
This international Forum will provide a framework for unique exchanges between actors from the public and private sectors, as well as from civil society, with the common aim of reflecting on good practices for the implementation of PPPs at the local level. This will serve as a stepping stone for the virtual platform, through which these debates will continue.
It is with great anticipation that we prepare to welcome the participants invited to this event on the 29th and 30th of October 2015.
In September 2015, the United Nations General Assembly will adopt the Post-2015 development agenda, which will guide the action of countries in terms of development for the next 15 years.
Like the Millennium Development Goals, this new agenda will provide a set of development targets, towards which all countries and stakeholders will work. A big difference with the previous framework is that this new agenda places a strong emphasis on partnerships and highlights a much bigger role for the private sector in contributing to sustainable development. Indeed, the scale of the changes needed means that they cannot be accomplished without the active contribution of this sector.
This Forum offers concrete examples of how the private sector can contribute to the advancement of sustainable development through public-private partnerships. At UNITAR, we believe in the power of training and collaboration. This unique international event will provide 2 days of training on public-private partnerships and sustainable development, and create opportunities for collaboration and partnerships.
The French Region of Rhône Alpes draws its strength from its partnership with Geneva, which was built in the framework of transborder cooperation and through the international profile of our territories. For the past ten years, local authorities on both sides of the border promote a winning dynamic for the whole Lake Geneva area, and I welcome the partnership built with UNITAR and Annemasse Agglo.
Spearhead of sustainable development within the Association of French Regions, and through its regional policies, the Rhône Alpes Region has contributed to the emergence of economic sectors recognised worldwide. Most notably, it has fostered competitiveness clusters such as TENERRDIS for environmental and renewable energy technologies, AXELERA for clean chemistry, and the Savoie-Technolac and the National Institute for Solar Energy (INES), both reference points for solar energy research.
The International Platform on Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Development will provide precious visibility for our businesses and will contribute to reinforce territorial synergies already developed in Annemasse with the "Cité de la Solidarité Internationale", "Cité des Métiers", etc.
Through the World Summit on Climate and Territories, organised in Lyon on the 1st and 2nd of July, and later this Forum on the 29th and 30th of October, the Rhône Alpes Region confirms its mobilisation for the success of the COP 21 meeting in Paris in December, and its will to become with International Geneva an international reference player in the fight against climate disruption.
Haute-Savoie is a dynamic French Department bordering Switzerland and Italy, which ranks among the most attractive of France and offers among the best quality of life in the country. This position entails important consequences for the territory and the lifestyle of its inhabitants. The Department faces major territorial, economic, social and environmental changes, and must anticipate these shifts. As a key actor in development, the Department of Haute-Savoie is committed to well-balanced territorial planning integrating questions related to mobility, nature conservation, quality of life, innovative economy and diversified tourism. The Department collaborates with all stakeholders on its territory on a daily basis, through partnerships and collective actions, and fully supports the organization of the international Forum on public-private partnerships for sustainable development.