This document, put together by the PFVT, a discussion platform for French urban stakeholders working internationally, sets out the broad guidelines that France has taken in the context of adopting the 2016 Urban Agenda in Quito. Focusing on strategic urban planning for the establishment of sustainable cities, this document demonstrates the importance of thinking about cities that meet the challenges of climate change.
This means building cities that respond to the technical challenges of the sustainable city: less energy-intensive, more resilient cities, as well as to social and economic issues: planning by understanding the expectations of civil society through dialogue and regulating the economic sphere to reduce socio-spatial inequalities.
In developing countries, the informal dimension, which accounts for up to 50% of urbanisation in these geographical areas, is a major issue to be considered when planning.
Finally, secondary cities and rural environments must also be subject to planning policies, to develop the existing complementary dynamics between these regions. In particular, in order to plan for sustainable human settlements, France recommends strengthening local public project management, developing planning that takes into account all aspects of the city, involving regional stakeholders more broadly etc.