Message of the President for the closing of the Congress:
Dear colleagues, dear friends,
The painful events that struck the French people and also neighbour countries made us ask ourselves if we should maintain our 39th Congress. We hesitated, but cancelling the Congress would have meant that the fear prevailed over our wish to defend our liberty of expression, our democratic and cultural values. So we chose, to maintain our event. Even if, unfortunately, as in numerous other events for this period, attendance was lower.
Despite that, our Congress brought together over 80 people coming from 19 countries with 42% foreigners.
The theme of the Congress "Giving the city back to its inhabitants" was approached by three angles: the expansion of local democracy and the re-positioning of the local public action, the implementation of technology solutions produced as well as citizen participation, ongoing transformations and possible breakthrough in our points of view, the way we act and therefore live together.
Minister, philosophers, decision-makers from public and private sectors, journalists, architects and urban planners addressed the Congress with speeches mainly short and dynamics allowing very interactive debates. Sharing and exchanging experiences and know-how, which are the main missions of our association, have assuredly taken place during the Congress.
An announcement was also made: INTA participation in the Le Monde Innovation Award. The conditions will be communicated shortly.
Looking to the future: 2016 will be an elective year. We hope to inform you in spring time when will take place the 40th annual INTA Congress and the General Assembly which will elect a new Governing Board.
The Board and the International Secretariat of INTA thank you for your loyalty.
Once again, we are grateful to our partners: the RATP Group, Caisse des Dépôts Group, Eiffage and Carrefour, Ciputra Group, and the newspaper La Tribune.
Best regards and Merry Christmas and New Year!
President of INTA
Presentation of the Congress:
The challenges of sustainable development have never been as acute as now with high risks of severe fracture: environmental and energy transition, brutal and massive migrations, social and territorial inequalities, shortage of public financing for urban development, ...
Between the Millennium Development Goals in New York, the Climate Conference in Paris and Habitat 3 to Quito in 2016, INTA intends to play its role to provide additional insights into these key issues that shape what will be the city of tomorrow.
Furthermore, a consultation carried out by the Scientific Committee of INTA showed that the digital age is changing the relations between citizens and public authorities:
by introducing a higher margins of autonomy of local authorities in relation to the State, while recognising the need to work closer to the citizens at the neighbourhood level;
on the other hand, with the wide diffusion of ICT, increasing numbers of networks of information or of civic expression and engagement favour a multiplicity of experiences that make evolve the territorial government patterns to allow greater participation of the inhabitants in the management of their territories.
These trends foster a participatory democracy that reinvents itself through new experiences and new concepts of urban development – i.e. through territorial, social or technological innovation. However, the existence of several levels of responsibility in the conduct of public policies installs citizens in attitudes either passive or of selfish consumerism.
Our 39th Congress has received the support of the French Loan and Savings Bank, RATP, the Eiffage Group, the Carrefour Group, the Indonesian Ciputra Group, the City of Paris and the newspaper La Tribune.