FOCUS I: Transports in the sustainable global city

What is FOCUS?
One of our flagship events of the year, FOCUS is an essential component of the scientific and cultural action of the year, and of France’s diplomacy of influence.

Three sessions, scattered around the year, will be the occasion to combine exchange of good practices, experience and scientific analysis, and will take the form of conferences, round tables and workshops.

In 2017, we will examine the challenges and practicable solutions applicable to the Global City.

FOCUS1: Transports in the sustainable global city

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On February, 27th 2017, 3:30 pm at the Galle Face Hotel

FOCUS 1 will take the form of a seminar bringing together French and Sri Lankan experts from the fields of urban development management, transport technologies and planning. The session will showcase the French expertise through professionals of sustainable mobility from France, as well as the Sri Lanka experience and prospects in urban transports.

The seminar will be combined to the inauguration of the photographic exhibition “Murs/Walls” by Marie-Caroline Senlis, at the Black Cat Café.


Urban mobility is an essential component of the sustainable management of a territory, and constitutes an inescapable challenge for todays’ cities, both in terms of attractiveness and environmental protection.

While aiming at making the city an attractive, economically competitive, and inclusive place, urban mobility plans and transportation technologies also need to look at the environmental costs incurred by urban transports, in a global effort to implement sustainable solutions to curb greenhouse gases emissions and improve people’s experience to the city.

Due to a global urbanization trend, it is foreseen that two thirds of the world population will live in cities in 2050. Cities are therefore evolving and facing multiple new challenges, from urban expansion, demographic transition, mobility, resilience, to conservation of the urban spaces and heritage or urban democracy.

The phenomenon is touching Sri Lanka: an island country, it is strategically located to become a point of the nervous system of the regional economic zone. More competitive and attractive to businesses, the process of economic and political growing influence puts the focus on Sri Lankan cities. As such, the urban area of Colombo is rapidly expanding and accounting for the majority of the country’s wealth and economic growth, concentrating economic and political powers, but also the cultural exchanges and innovations. Other urbanized areas such as Kandy or Jaffna are being the target of major development projects. Much remains to be done, however, for those urban zones to be efficient, open and competitive enough. In particular urban organisation and planning, innovations and technologies, but also transparency and participation are key.

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Online 29/08/2017

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