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Launch of Human Cities Coalition: building liveable cities together

Today the Human Cities Coalition was officially launched at the AkzoNobel auditorium in Amsterdam. ICCO cooperation is a proud partner of the Human Cities Coalition.

Launch of Human Cities Coalition: building liveable cities together

ICCO cooperation is a proud partner of the Human Cities Coalition. “Because it’s our mission to contribute to dignified lives, and sustainable livelihoods”, says Marinus Verweij, chair of the ICCO Cooperation.

In 2030, two thirds of us live in cities. Rapid, unplanned urbanization poses growing challenges. Many inhabitants live in informal settlements. Verweij: “If we look at the future, with the demographic developments that are expected, urbanisation is going to be huge. A lot of people, whether it’s in Asia or Africa or America, are going to the cities. They need employment. They need dignified lives.”

The Human Cities Coalition wants to make megacities in the emerging world more humane. “This coalition is a unique cooperation between very different parties - the corporate sector, universities, NGOs -  working together. Which is a very good idea. And with that our impact will be much larger.”

The Human Cities Coalition is a public-private partnership of 150+ stakeholders and 20 partners dedicated to making cities more inclusive and sustainable. Founded by AkzoNobel, the coalition contributes to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 11 and New Urban Agenda. Together with Dutch and local companies, communities, government and civil society the coalition builds replicable business cases for challenges such as housing, drinking water, sanitation, waste and employment.

More at www.humancities.co