7 May 2015
Amsterdam supporting smart sustainable cities in India
Amsterdam is reaching out to exchange urban knowledge and experience and build relationships with Indian cities.
A multi-sectoral delegation from Amsterdam’s business, academic and cultural communities, led by Mayor Eberhard van der Laan, recently visited India. The delegation visited the cities of New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai.
One of the aims of the Netherlands’ delegation was to share knowledge on developing smart cities, using innovative approaches and technological advancement to increase wellbeing of citizens, decrease resource consumption and establish effective engagement with other sectors to create sustainable, resilient cities.
Last year Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that he aims to create 100 smart cities using innovation and technology to tackle urban problems in new ways. He said he looks to other cities that are ahead in this area citing Amsterdam, Barcelona and Stockholm as good examples.
Amsterdam is one of the more recent city participants to commit to the United Nations Global Compact, with Mayor Eberhard van der Laan making the formal commitment to the Ten UN Principles in the later part of 2014. Amsterdam´s leadership is a welcome and valuable contribution the Global Compact and its Cities Programme and the city has pledged to build strong relationships, promote collaboration and share knowledge within the Global Compact network.
Speaking about the India visit Mayor Van der Laan said,
“Amsterdam is a responsible capital and we can share our knowledge when it comes to city planning, mobility, water management and waste disposal. We can also learn a lot”.
The delegation included representatives from the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam ArenA, the Johan Cruyff Foundation, Cobra Museum and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. In India, the parties shared knowledge on key urban issues relating to mobility, water, waste management and urban development. Commitments were made for for future collaboration.
There was further Netherlands-Indian collaboration with The Centre for Urban Studies at the University of Amsterdam and the Indian Institute of Technology jointly hosting a two day symposium on ‘Sustainable Urban Development, Problems, Practices and Prospects’ in Mumbai.
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