World Bank and the French capital partner on global sustainable cities


The World Bank has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the city of Paris to help global cities to implement sustainability programmes.

The two will cooperate on sharing knowledge, tools and good practices with other territories and cities on:

  • Climate change, urban environment and sustainability issues.
  • Inclusive cities including underprivileged groups and refugees.
  • Urban management, urban design and public spaces, mobility and spatial development issues.
  • Disaster risk management and urban resilience.

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The partnership will be implemented as part of the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC), which is supported by the Global Environment Facility.

Sameh Wahba, World Bank Global Director for Urban, Disaster Risk Management, Resilience, and Land, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for cities around the world to learn from one of the leading cities in the world in urban design, public and green spaces, and climate-smart resilient development.” 

Emmanuel Grégoire, first Deputy Mayor of the City of Paris, adds: “The City of Paris is looking forward to this mutually rewarding association with the World Bank and the GPSC. Solidarity and international exchanges are a priority of this municipality, especially on themes related to environment preservation.

“In this period of transition, a sharing community becomes essential and I am delighted to see that the World Bank is sharing its knowledge in such a concrete and generous way. This agreement marks the beginning of fruitful exchanges with our partners, which will provide important input to our staff and Parisians.”