Roland Ries, Senator and Mayor of Strasbourg, has been elected President of Cités Unies France

Roland Ries

The 5th edition of the Forum of International Action by Local Authorities was a resounding success, with nearly 1,500 participants, delegations from over thirty countries, and visits from Annick Girardin, French Secretary of State for Development and la Francophonie, and Hamed Bakayoko, Minister of State and Interior Minister of the Ivory Coast.

The Forum has arisen as a unique meeting place for the authorities involved in international action and their partners from various sectors: State, NGOs, businesses, researchers, etc. It has also become a hub for many local authorities from all over the world.

During these two intense days, Cités Unies France elected a new President and Vice President: Roland Ries, Senator and Mayor of Strasbourg, who succeeds Michel Delebarre, and Martine Vassal, Deputy Mayor of Marseille, who succeeds Jacques Rocca Serra.

The Executive Bureau welcomed the newly elected officials representing their local authorities. The association is in the process of adopting a new project around a key goal: to help elected officials establish the roots for international action within their communities.