Next week, Ahmed Aboutaleb will be in New York for three days on a working visit. Rotterdam’s itinerant mayor is invited by Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States, to speak about climate-resilient cities during the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) meeting in September 2022. He also visits several projects in the city.
CGI is an international platform where mayors, politicians and businesses offer to share knowledge and experience on climate adaptation and finance. Rotterdam is known worldwide as a resilient and innovative city that maps and responds to the opportunities and risks of climate change, digitalization, the new economy and globalization.
In addition to participating in CGI, Mayor Aboutaleb will visit several projects, such as the Big U, a major dam protection project to protect New York from floods and hurricanes. Ten years after the devastating Hurricane Sandy, Dutch knowledge and experience were used to build the Big U.
He will also visit the Red Hook Community Justice Center, an innovative form of neighborhood (criminal) law.
A similar project is underway in southern Rotterdam, Wijkrechtspraak op Zuid. Judges deal with criminal, civil and administrative cases of residents of Huis van de Wijk on Hillevliet 90. Prior to the hearing, the authorities involved in the case work together to find a permanent solution for one of the residents
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