AkzoNobel, Dutch Ministry launch Human Cities Coalition

AkzoNobel, Dutch Ministry launch Human Cities Coalition

11:43 AM, 20th April 2017
AkzoNobel, Dutch Ministry launch Human Cities Coalition
The Human Cities Coalition launch centres the theme: “Building liveable cities together”.

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS: AkzoNobel NV said that its Human Cities Coalition (HCC) brings together more than 150 shareholders and 20 partners, such as Arcadis NV, Philips, ABN-AMRO, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Slumdwellers International, to focus on achieving goal 11 of the United Nation’s 17 sustainable development goals – sustainable cities and communities.

The HCC launch centres around the theme: “Building liveable cities together”.

The ambition of this is that millions of people living in slums will benefit from this public-private collaboration. Poor sanitation, slum housing, inadequate basic services and flooding are making megacities unliveable.

HCC will focus on building liveable cities together with its partners and address these challenges. HCC recently started work on two pilot projects in Jakarta, Indonesia and Manila, the Philippines, and will then scale up and expand to more cities.

HCC acts as a catalyst for new innovative solutions, financing mechanisms, basic services delivery and better inclusion of grassroots organisations in urban planning. Using a novel approach in the field of inclusive and sustainable urban development, the coalition will connect bottom-up and top-down processes.

HCC invites urban communities to participate as equal partners, and build scalable, commercially viable solutions together with the private sector. Furthermore, HCC aims to use a blended finance model to attract public and private capital.

“One billion people are currently living in slums around the world, and that number is expected to rise to three billion in 2050 as a result of rapid urbanisation. AkzoNobel has made cities more liveable and inspiring for years through our Human Cities initiative. In 2016, we reached more than nine million people. The Human Cities Coalition is a way to make an even bigger difference in society, build sustainable partnerships and generate business opportunities and innovations at the same time,” said Ton Buchner, CEO of AkzoNobel.

“This is the first time we collaborate with the private sector as we believe that this coalition will really bring the voice of the community to the table,” Sheela Patel, chairman, Slumdwellers International.

“We distinguish ourselves from other urban initiatives by the large role of the private sector in our coalition. We are convinced this will have an enormous impact on the livelihood of the poor,” said Fleur Henderson and Ronald Lenz, directors of HCC.

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