20th Conference

Keynote Address



Sustainable Cities/Territories and Participatory Democracy

The various reference systems for public action, the resolutions and manifestos adopted by the cities place participatory democracy at the heart of all the strategies that bring about positive sustainable changes for the cities, the human settlements and their inhabitants. For their part, more and more citizens want to be more involved in the decision-making process related to the definition of their local or national development agendas. They want to be heard, informed and to participate in shaping their living environment. From this point of view, expectations can be summarized as follows:
  • Citizens, a civil society that participates, engages and has <> from initial diagnosis to final evaluation.
  • Local governments that are no longer the sole decision-makers and that must bring out participation, organize it, support it, accompany it and take into account its contributions to build a sustainable and resilient city.
  • National, international and private sector actors who are also involved in the field of participation at the local level (international and national benchmarks, legislation, corporate social responsibility, social entrepreneurship, etc.)

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