Recap Human Cities Coalition Launch Event
Last week Human Cities Coalition, along with current and potential partners, held its organisational launch: Building Liveable Cities Together. With work taking off in the two pilot cities Jakarta and Manila, the time was ripe to officially launch and update attendees on the progress of this private-public, sustainable cities initiative. Many have been interested in HCC since its build-up and presence at Quito, and to see how HCC’s mission has translated into action. After what was shared at the launch last Thursday (April 20) at the AkzoNobel auditorium, it seems as though HCC is poised to deliver a recipe for success.
The day’s esteemed guests included His Excellency Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and speakers such as Jan Peter Balkenende, former Prime Minister and current Chair of the Dutch Coalition for Sustainable Growth, Ton Büchner, CEO of AkzoNobel, and Christine Musisi from UN-HABITAT. Both HCC Directors, Fleur Henderson and Ronald Lenz, introduced the pilot cities of Jakarta and Manila.
Participants from further afield included William Cobbett (Director of Cities Alliance) and Britt Gwinner (Head Housing Finance at IFC). Ofelia Bagotlo (Slum Federation Leader Indonesia) and Emily Mohohlo (Management Committee South Africa) both represented Slum Dwellers International (SDI) at the event by describing pressing needs related to land tenure and sanitation in their home contexts. Each of these guests took part in small panel discussions at the launch.