Human Cities Coalition launch event 20 April Amsterdam
The Human Cities Coalition (HCC) is a public-private partnership of organizations from business, government, NGOs and academia dedicated to making cities more inclusive and sustainable. The goal is to end slums as a result of rapid urbanization. This calls for a new approach. Among the speakers of the launch event were: Ton Büchner (CEO AkzoNobel), Jan Peter Balkenende (Former Dutch Prime Minister and Chairman of the Dutch Sustainable Growth Coalition), Lilianne Ploumen (Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation), and Reina Buijs (Deputy Director General for International Cooperation, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs).KWR Watercycle Research Institute and its Watershare partners generate knowledge to enable the water sector to operate water-wisely in our urbanised society. Our scientific findings and the resulting practical innovations contribute, worldwide, to a sustainable water provision in the urban watercycle. KWR contributes to HCC with, among other things, its City Blueprint Approach to map out the city water infrastructure of Manila and Jakarta. We will also contribute practically to any further follow-up on the water and waste water challenges in slums.
City Blueprints of both Manila and Jakarta have already been made. This now brings the total of cities that have been assessed with the City Blueprint Approach to 60 cities in more than 30 different countries. The Blue City Index (BCI) scores of both Manila and Jakarta are relatively low. There is a very clear inverse relation between the percentage of the urban population living in slums and the BCI scores (see presentation attached).