The aim is to streamline the relations between the State and local authorities regarding their international commitments, through renewed and deeper dialogue with the local body representative associations and networks; to ensure that this dialogue is factored into a comprehensive, cross-cutting, multi-level and multi- partner region-based approach.
To better connect local authorities, early in the process, to national strategies designed to tackle global challenges (climate change, water, the digital divide, food, international youth mobility, etc.), and to prepare bilateral or multilateral negotiations when localand regional development is affected;
Jacmel : école cofinancée par la ville de Limoges (Haïti). (Photo : MAEE/ F. de La Mure)
To bolster the consistency and legibility of any action undertaken, by regularly updating information tools such as the Atlas of Decentralised Cooperation, which could include a database of good practice and innovative projects; to strengthen coordination between local bodies - including European ones - located in the same area to ensure enhanced application of the Paris Declaration principles and improve the coordination function of the Embassy for all of France’s action abroad; encourage the set-up of a multi-stakeholder thematic platforms based on initial experience (water, towns, tourism, digital divide).
Paris Declaration on aid effectiveness: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/53/38/34579826.pdf
Accra Agenda for Action: http://www.oecd.org/dataoecd/58/17/41202027.pdf
Support for national associations of elected officials
So as to streamline the relationship between the State and local authorities and to promote coordination and consistency, the Local Authorities International Activities Delegation has the support of many national networks which federate the local authorities involved in decentralised cooperation (Association of French Mayors, Assembly of French Départements, Association of the Regions of France, Cités Unies France and the French Association of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions).
National Commission for decentralised cooperation
The CNCD is the preferred instrument for dialogue between the State and local authorities. Chaired by the Prime Minister and, in his absence, by the Minister of State for Cooperation, the CNCD is made up, in equal proportions, of representatives of national local body associations and all of the Ministries concerned. On 6July, under the Chairmanship of Bernard Kouchner, and in the presence of Anne-Marie Idrac, the CNCD approved the strategic guidelines for local authorities’ international action.
Updated on September 2010