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Paris Mayor hopes the Games will bring millions closer to each other

10 Jul 2017
Paris 2024
Q&A with Anne Hidalgo

Mayor of Paris

What would it mean to your city to host the Olympic Games and how would they benefit your city/region?

A global city, Paris has a responsibility to build a world that respects and protects the environment around us. Our bid is a major part of our plan to do that. We are working hand in hand with a wide range of partners to ensure the Games we create will contribute to a leap forward in the hosting of sustainable global events, fully in line with the Paris Climate Agreement.

It will develop sports participation for a healthy life for all, especially young people. It will drive innovation for our communities, allow the city to share our vision of a fairer, more inclusive world, and help us change attitudes towards impairment.

Finally, the Games will help accelerate the Grand Paris project, one of the greatest-ever evolutions in the city, aiming to transform the Paris area into a 21st century city, while preserving its history and heritage. Millions of people will be brought closer to the economic opportunities of the city centre through new world-class transport links that will serve affordable and sustainable housing in communities with new cultural, educational and sporting facilities.

Share with us a specific sustainable project linked to the candidature.

The Paris 2024 Olympic Candidature Committee is leading an ambitious carbon offsetting policy at both a national and international level and is on track to become the first carbon neutral Olympic bid campaign. This is thanks to our actions with the Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations, a Paris 2024 official sponsor, which is neutralising the bid’s carbon emissions. In addition, Paris 2024 has achieved ISO 20121 certification, which is the international best practice certificate in sustainable event management.

If you were providing advice to a mayor of a future candidate, what would you say are the benefits and challenges of being a Candidate City? What lessons have you learned?

By being a Candidate City, we have seen not just Parisians, but the whole of France unite behind our dream to host the 2024 Games. Our advice to future Candidate Cities would be to engage everyone, use collective intelligence and citizen participation, integrate the initiatives your city already has in place within your hosting plans – and play to your strengths. In terms of lessons learned, don’t be afraid to do things differently, and be brave.

What has been the highlight of your involvement with the candidature?

Seeing the people of Paris and France unite with passion behind our bid, suggest thousands of ideas and projects, and see that support grow more and more as we get closer to the IOC decision in September 2017!

* Text, images and illustrations provided by Paris 2024

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