The Human Cities Coalition
The rapid urbanisation calls for new, collaborative approach. The Human Cities Coalition was founded in 2016 to contribute to the United Nation’s New Urban Agenda, which will shape the future development of cities to make them inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (the 11th Sustainable Development Goal). We want to channel the energy of the metropolis into a force for economic and social development that benefits everyone. At its core the Human Cities Coalition believes that we are stronger when everyone collaborates we can succeed to make the world’s megacities liveable and prosperous places for all.
Our mission is to improve access to basic services to people living in the slums, including access to sanitation, clean drinking water, power and proper waste collection. We strive to develop inclusive and replicable business propositions that help address these issues. We can only achieve this by also involving the communities themselves, whose voice is often not heard or cast aside as an inconvenient truth. And we can only achieve this if we use new, blended financing mechanisms to fund these often large and complex urban development projects.
Broad international coalition: From blue-chip companies to grassroots organisations
The Human Cities Coalition, initiated by a group of Dutch companies, has forged a unique coalition that brings together a wide range of partners, predominantly from the private sector. Our coalition consists of twenty partners and 150+ stakeholders spanning from blue-chip companies and top-tier universities to grassroots organisations and governments.
The Human Cities Coalition is a platform that acts as a convener and catalyst for change. Its strength comes from its strong roots in the private sector. Its members recognize the need to pioneer viable business models that serve the needs of the urban poor and harness the value of urban agglomeration as a driving force for sustainable growth and prosperity.
The role of the private sector in the Coalition in combination with its focus on the urban poor is unprecedented in the field of urban development. That is why UN-Habitat has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Human Cities Coalition to contribute to its platform and to the development of evidence-based policies to strengthen the case for investing in sustainable urbanisation.