Inauguration of the headquarters of International Solidarity Fund of Cities Against Poverty

Project at a glance

Dates and Place

12 April 2002, Geneva, Switzerland
Villa Monyier

Organizers

International Solidarity Fund of Cities Against Poverty.

Project details

The cities of Bamako (Mali), Geneva (Switzerland) and Lyon (France) launched on 5 March 2001 in Lyon the first International Solidarity Fund of Cities Against Poverty (FSCP). In the near future, other cities are likely to join them to implement solidarity projects from 2002 on. The aim is to create partnership and cooperation between cities both from the North and the South, developing financial and technical support, as well as competence transfers.

The inauguration of the headquarters of the FSCP took place on 12 April 2002 at the Villa Moynier, in presence of the mayors of Bamako and Lyon, Ibrahima N'Diaye and GĂ©rard Collomb, and the State Councilor of Geneva, Carlo Lamprecht.

Manuel Tornare, President of the Fund, said that the inauguration marked an important step in the process of awarness of the phenomenon of poverty and social exclusion. The Mayor of Geneva recalled the aims of this new tool of international solidarity. The fund will be a network of exchange, project help, and a catalyst of partnerships from which all parties can benefit.

La coopération décentralisée qui représente l'expression la plus tangible de la solidarité internationale des collectivités territoriales est devenue cette dernière décennie une réalité institutionnelle et politique. Elle exprime aujourd'hui l'engagement des citoyens pour relever le défi de la pauvreté et du développement durable.

En coordination avec les politiques de coopération des Etats, l'action de coopération des villes et collectivités territoriales s'est imposée dans le champ de la coopération internationale dans des domaines tels que le soutien à la démocratie locale, l'appui à une meilleure gouvernance, le développement durable, l'éducation, la formation, la santé, etc.

Au cours de cette rencontre, des représentants des collectivités françaises, italiennes, belges engagées dans des actions de coopération décentralisée présenteront leurs expériences en présence de représentants des collectivités du Sud partenaires de ces coopérations.

External links

http://www.internationalcitiesfund.orgOfficial site of the Second Forum of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty (WACAP)

Volunteering Opportunities

15 volunteers helped with the set-up of the inauguration festivities, as well as with the welcoming of about 100 guests.



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