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Ambassador Philippe Meunier becomes General Manager of Avitem

Philippe Meunier succeeds Bernard Valéro (photo: Avitem)
Philippe Meunier succeeds Bernard Valéro (photo: Avitem)
MEDITERRANEAN. The Board of GIP Avitem (Agency for Sustainable Mediterranean Cities and Territories) has appointed Philippe Meunier as Director General, effective March 1, 2021.

A student at the Ecole Nationale d'Administration and a graduate of the Institut d'études politiques de Paris, the French diplomat succeeds Ambassador Bernard Valéro, who retired on February 28, 2021 and had held the position since October 6, 2015.

Philippe Meunier was French ambassador to Croatia (2016 to 2019) alternating with his wife Corinne-Brunon-Meunier, who was appointed in March 2020 in Marseille as deputy director general of the Institute of Research for Development (IRD). Philippe Meunier returned to Paris at the Quai d'Orsay in 2020.

Previously, from 2013 to 2016, Avitem's new director general served as an ambassador on global health issues, in particular in charge of the fight against communicable diseases. "He defended France's international political and financial commitment within institutions and major multilateral health funds. He has followed their actions in the beneficiary countries", states a GIP press release.

Avitem at the heart of Mediterranean urban issues

From 2011 to 2013, Philippe Meunier was Director of Development and Global Public Goods at the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, participating in the development of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the annual climate conferences (COPs) and the preparation of the COP 21 in Paris in 2015.

Director of the cabinet of the Minister in charge of Cooperation and Francophonie from 2000 to 2002, Philippe Meunier was also Counselor at the Representation of France to the European Union in Brussels (1993 to 1997) and deputy to the ambassador at the French Embassies in Kenya and Canada.

Created in 2012 and based in Marseille, the Agency for Sustainable Mediterranean Cities and Territories is a public interest grouping bringing together the French government (Commissariat Général à l'Egalité des Territoires, Ministère de l'Europe et des Affaires Étrangères), local authorities (Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region, Nice-Côte d'Azur Metropolis and the City of Marseille) as well as the Euroméditerranée public development establishment. Created for nine years, it was renewed by ministerial order on January 28, 2021.

The purpose of the agency is to set up a system for exchanging experience, expertise, training and cooperation to promote integrated and exemplary approaches to urban and territorial development in the Mediterranean. Its activities enable it to gather and federate the experience of Mediterranean countries in the field of sustainable urban and territorial development.

Frédéric Dubessy

Monday, March 15th 2021

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