On the international scene

Nancy shares its values and riches with Europe and the world. Whether in relation to universities, culture, humanism or economics, these dialogues give the capital of the Dukes of Lorraine a prominent standing on the international scene.

  • United Cities of France: The United Cities of France association, established in 1975, brings together local authorities that are actively engaged in international cooperation.  It has 500 members and forms a unique network of solidarity between local authorities and others around the world. Within this framework, Nancy hosted the first decentralised Franco-Japanese cooperation programme in 2008 and now acts as chair of the Japan country group. 
  • French Association of the Council of EuropeanMunicipalities and Regions (AFCCRE): AFCCRE seeks to promote the participation of local governments in Europe as a whole. This takes the form of the international training for regional government officers and the publication of a regional policy information bulletin. The association also helps its members to anticipate and tailor their action to developments in European regulations. As AFCCRE is part of the Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR), it is able to influence European law and decisions. It is also represented on the European scene and supported in twinning and cooperation. 
  • The Art Nouveau Network :  The Art Nouveau Network (known as RANN) brings together towns and cities that share an Art Nouveau heritage. It supports study of this artistic movement, working actively to preserve and promote it. With its Ecole de Nancy, its dedicated museum and countless works bequeathed by Gallé, Prouvé, Gruber, Daum,Majorelle, André, Weissenburg  and Sauvage, Nancy is naturally a member of RANN. The Network has enjoyed the moral and financial support of the European Union since 1999, particularly in the form of four international  projects..
  • European Coalition of Cities against Racism : Nancy joined the European Coalition of Cities against Racism in 2010. The Coalition shares its action plan, discusses experiences and strengthens its policy for tackling racism and all forms of discrimination. In this context, Nancy has launched a project aimed at tackling discrimination in (and by) sport. The Coalition is the result of an international initiative by UNESCO and brings together around 100 local authorities in 20 European countries, including Bologna, Toulouse, Lausanne, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Berlin and Nantes. 
  • Cities awarded the Europe Prize :  The Europe Prize was first awarded by the Council of Europe on 20 June 1955. Each year it recognises one or two cities that have excelled in their actions towards good relationships between European citizens and peace in Europe. The city of Nancy was awarded the prize in 1969, along with Karlsruhe, one of its 8 twinned cities. Since it was set up, around 60 cities have received the award. They form the heart of the association of Cities awarded the Europe Prize. 
  • Comenius Regio Partnership - Nancy and Kassel share their strategies for good practice in education :  In 2010, the City of Nancy, in association with the City of Kassel (Germany), obtained funding from the European Union to launch a Comenius Regio programme. These programmes are designed to enhance regional cooperation in the area of education. The project in Nancy seeks to strengthen cooperation between the various stakeholders involved in training future teachers in the German region of Hesse, and their counterparts in Lorraine. By developing innovative provisions, this programme introduces students to multiculturalism and the promotion of the European dimension in their studies.
  • French WHO Healthy Cities Network : Nancy has been part of the French World Health Organisation Healthy Cities Network since 1998. The network provides a forum for discussion and research into solutions for public-healthcare related challenges. It promotes links between institutions, oversees coordination of health centres in member cities and works on a wide variety of topics such as dental care for everyone or breast cancer. Its prevention campaigns are aimed at people both old and young. Since 2003, the cities in the network have been looking into the question of food in the public sector (university restaurants and school canteens) and taking action to raise awareness about good nutrition and health practices. 

Nancy - Member of the global network of UNESCO listed sites

1983. The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) decided to classify the City of Nancy's "18th-century ensemble" as a World Heritage site.

A major turning point in terms of the City's global reach, this decision was made on the basis of two of the criteria defined by the organisation::

  • Critère I : to represent a masterpiece of human creative genius.
  • Critère IV : to be an outstanding example of a type of building illustrating a significant stage in human history.

At the time, Nancy was the first urban centre in France to appear on UNESCO's prestigious list of world heritage sites.

The city embraced this gesture from the international community as a powerful acknowledgement of the work of Stanislas Leszczynski and his architects Emmanuel Héré and Jean Lamour.

It is also an honour for Nancy to be recognised as a city sharing UNESCO's values: tolerance and shared cultural expressions. Values which, in their nature and scope, belong to the whole world.

Extracts from UNESCO's decision :

“Place Stanislas, Place de la Carrière and Place d'Alliance represent a unique artistic achievement, a masterpiece of human creative genius.”
"Nancy's squares are masterpieces of 18th century town planning as the ensemble reunites the old town with the new.”
“Place Stanislas has exerted considerable influence, not only because it was the realisation of a town planning programme, but also because it had a social dimension, with all the buildings intended for the public good: administration, justice, education and culture."
“Nancy is the oldest city in Europe to have been given so many public utility buildings in this era: town hall, court rooms, chamber of commerce, customs building, Seat of the French Intendant, medical school, botanical garden, library and academy - theatre, public gardens and cafés, restaurants and billiards halls.”
“It is unique not only for its impressive architecture, but also for the sense of unity achieved by this long, 500-metre perspective, taking walkers through a series of individualised spaces that nevertheless remain on a human level cafés, restaurants and billiards halls”