On 2014, Anne Hidalgo became the first woman to be elected Mayor of Paris.
She was born in Spain and acquire the French citizenship in her youth, she is a mother of three. After she graduated with a Master of Advanced Studies in social law, she became a labor inspector. She has been member of the socialist party since 1994, serving as national Secretary for Culture and Media, she later was in charge of the vocational training.
She was re-elected mayor of Paris in 2020, heading the left-wing coalition „Paris en communication“, pursuing an ambitious program designated to transform Paris into a zero-carbon city by 2050. She holds the position of First Vice President of the Greater Paris Metropolitan Area.
As Paris mayor, she actively pursues a policy based on social inclusion, sustainable development, climate change, air quality, solidarity, innovation and citizen participation, all of which are essential issues for the future of Paris. She is committed to advancing these issues at the international level. She organized in Paris the climate summit for local leaders, a major side event of COP21 (December 2015). For its fifth anniversary a „Zero carbon Forum“ was held at Paris City Hall (December 2020), alongside with many international events. Some programs launched under the supervision of Paris, such as Cities for Life, Reinventing Paris, the Participatory budget, Embellishing Paris… are now benchmark programs. She wishes to shape Paris into a 15-minute city, an ambitious, inclusive, quantifiable and efficient program that places citizens at the center of urban transition.
She is President of the International Association of Francophone Mayors (AIMF), Co-Chair of the cities world organization, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG) where she chairs the gender equality commission, and also President of SOLIDEO, an Olympic Equipment Supply Company, responsible for the supply program and development operations for the organization of the Olympic and Paralympic Games of 2024 in Paris.
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