In his final statement, Mr. Mohand Cherifi, Coordinator of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty, presented some information on the activities of the Forum and acknowledged all those who contributed in making the meeting a success.
Based on the conclusions of this work, the first Forum
of member cities of the Alliance can rightly be considered a success that constitutes, according to Mr. Cherifi
, the starting point for continued action in awareness raising, information, training, and cooperation, aimed at supporting cities in their efforts to eradicate the scourge of urban poverty.In this context, Mr. Cherifi underscored the crucial role of participants' active involvement in the work of the Forum, be it as chairpersons, rapporteurs, speakers, or contributors during debates.
singled out the cities of Algiers and Geneva
, two WACAP members which, since the creation of the Alliance, have offered to host this Forum
and the representatives of which have now contributed to the work by chairing workshops.The presence among Forum participants of the Governor of Algiers
, who has renewed his
city's candidature for organising the next Forum, and the Sudanese Minister for Social Affairs, as well as the delegation from Monaco which transmitted a message from HE
the Minister of State of the Principality
announcing the participation of Prince Albert in the Committee of Honour of the Alliance
, encourage the action of WACAP
and deserve the esteem of all participants. Mr. Cherifi
also acknowledged the initiative of certain municipalities from industrial countries which sponsored the participation of city representatives from developing countries, thus providing an eloquent example of solidarity between cities within the Alliance.
Finally, Mr. Cherifi
thanked all those who provided support to the Forum
: officials of the Urban Community and the City of Lyon; advisers from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Cooperation and Francophonie); member associations of WACLAC, in particular FMCU, IULA
, ATO, and UVA; and the staff of UNDP
in New York, in Geneva, and in the various regional offices.Mr. Cherifi
gratitude as well to the private sector of the Lyon region, which, through Antésite, Carrefour, and Medical Production, contributed generously to the catering during the Forum
acknowledged the work of Package Organisation and all the personnel in charge of the reception, accommodation, and transport logistics. Mr. Cherifi
statement by making an appointment with all the participants in the year 2000, at the Second Forum of the World Alliance of Cities Against Poverty