FRENCH-AMERICAN SYMPOSIUM ON URBAN MOBILITY
Chicago (IL), le 1er décembre 2010. Discours pronocé par le Consul général de France à l’occasion d’un symposium Franco-Américain sur la moblité urbaine.
Chicago (IL) December 1, 2010. Speech given by the Consul General of France on the occasion of a French-American symposium on Urban Mobility.
Mesdames et Messieurs,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
You have had a hard working afternoon and I will be brief. I would like to thank you for attending this symposium on urban mobility organized by Ubifrance, the French Trade Commission, and according to what I have heard, it was worth it. My special thanks go to the French Delegation, the panelists and the moderators who have provided us with a lot of food for thought.
Urban mobility is today a major challenge :
First, for the first time in the history of mankind, the majority of the world population lives in Cities. We need to draw the consequences of that new situation.
Second, urban productivity is highly dependent on the efficiency of its transport system to move labor, consumers and freight between multiple origins and destinations. We all need to improve our transport system in order to alleviate congestion and detrimental effects on the economy and our society.
Third, environmental impact and energy consumption have to be taken into account to face the key issue of sustainability.
Chicago is an ideal place for such a dialogue between France and the United States. Apart from the Sister cities relationship with Paris, Chicago is the best example that public transportation can also work in America. I am very pleased and honored to welcome Mr. Richard Daley, Mayor of Chicago. Since 1989, his vision has shaped the developments of the great city of Chicago in many aspects, including transit and urban planning.
Thank you very much Mr. Mayor for being with us today.