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This is an archived article published in October 2003
Lyon to host world summit on
information society and the cities

Lyon is to host the first world summit of cities and local authorities on the information society in the presence of the French Prime Minister Pierre Rafarin on 4 and 5 December 2003.

A major political challenge. Information technologies are playing an increasingly important role in shaping the future of urban societies, in particular in education, culture, democratic participation and economic development. Local authorities have a decisive role to play in all these areas. This is why, in partnership with Geneva (the city hosting the World Summit on the Information Society, 10-12 December 2003), Lyon will host ‘Cities e World - Lyon 2003’, the first summit of cities and local authorities on the information society. The conference will build upon preparatory meetings held in Shanghai (China), Curitiba (Brazil) and Nouakchott (Mauritania).

The summit is to be co-chaired by Gérard Collomb, Mayor of Lyon, and by Christian Ferrazino, Mayor of Geneva. Responsibility for the summit itself has been given to Pierre-Alain Muet, Deputy Mayor and Vice-President of the Lyon Urban Community in charge of economic development and international relations, while the ‘Fondation Scientifique de Lyon et le Sud-Est’ is responsible for its practical organisation.

Organised in partnership with the UN, UNITAR, ‘Cities e World - Lyon 2003’ will be held at the Palais des Congrès de Lyon. A thousand participants are expected, including mayors and other members of municipal government as well as representatives from business and finance, NGOs and the media.


Angela Spizig, one of Cologne's Deputy Mayors and a member of Germany's Green Party, will attend the Lyon summit

Prominent conference participants and speakers
• Jean Pierre Raffarin, Prime Minister, France
• Marcel Boisard, General Secretary, UNITAR, United Nations Institute for Training and Research
• Pierre-Alain Muet, Deputy-Mayor, Lyon, General Secretary, World Summit of Lyon
• Adama Samassekou, President, Preparatory Process for the World Summit on the Information Society
• Albert Bore, Mayor, Birmingham, President, Committee of Regions, European Union
• Angela Spizig, Deputy Mayor, Cologne
• Anne Marie Comparini, President, Rhône Alpes Region.
• Arthur Hussene Canana, Mayor, Maputo, President, Council of African Communes and Regions
• Bill Macbeth, President, Network of European Regions on the information society.
• Casio Tanigushi, Mayor, Curitiba
• Chen Liangyu, Mayor, Shanghai
• Didi Ould Bounaama, Mayor, Nouakchott
• Erkki Liikanen, European Commissioner for Companies and the Information Society
• Gérard Collomb, Senator-Mayor, Lyon, President, Urban Community of Lyon
• Giovanni Salizzoni, Deputy-Mayor, Bologna
• Gundars Bojars, Mayor, Riga
• Ibrahima N'Diaye, Mayor, Bamako
• André Santini, Mayor, Issy les Moulineaux, President, GCD
• Juan José Ibarretxe, President, Basque Region Government
• Marta Suplicy, Mayor, Sao Paulo
• Michel Mercier, President, General Rhône Council
• Pedro Sampaio Nunes, Director of the DG of the Information Society at the European Commission
• Willi Lemke, Senator for Education and Sciences, City of Bremen
• Wolfgang Tiefensee, Mayor, Leipzig
• Yoshio Utsumi, General Secretary, International Union of Telecommunications, IUT