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IFHP Summit 2016 Outcome
IFHP Summit 2016 Outcome
This year’s IFHP Summit was a 2-day event in Rotterdam, promoted in partnership with BPD, contributors and partners. Participants at the IFHP Summit met to challenge and share perspectives and to learn mutually, during presentations and concrete examples presented in an effort to pave the way forward to implement the New Urban Agenda (NUA).
In the midst of this urban age, where a new urban agenda is imperative to achieving a sustainable future, the Summit focused not only on the importance of the NUA as a global guideline for the sustainable growth of cities worldwide, but also on the need of local strategies and programs to effectively implement this agenda and promote sustainable cities through the creation of partnerships amongst stakeholders and civil society.
During the presentations and the workshops, the framework in which the New Urban Agenda and the European urban Agenda (known as the Pact of Amsterdam) coexist was discussed, as well as how this urban agenda for the EU contributes to the design of new regulations and to the revision of already existing EU regulations.
As Mayor Aboutaleb, from the city of Rotterdam, emphasised in his opening-speech, cities are in constant development and transition and we need to be flexible and adaptive to the new reality. However, a city and 'quality of life' are not about streets and stones but about the people that live there. Education is the biggest leverage for societies to overcome poverty, homelessness, and unemployment. The general device of the day was to invest in places to provide people with clean, safe, healthy living environments; creating mixed neighbourhoods to avoid extremes; to upgrade neighbourhoods; but most of all to invest in people through education so they can implement these changes.
Take a closer read of the outcome of the IFHP Summit in our Summit 2016 Outcome - a Summary (1½ page of text) which also elaborates on the exciting walking tour and talks on the city of Rotterdam during the second day of the summit. We had the chance to explore selected urban areas of Rotterdam with development of mixed-use areas with housing stock in conjunction with business development.
Available speakers presentations
- The Global Urban Agenda, by Anette Galskjøt, IFHP CEO
- European Urban Agenda, by Nicolaas Beets, Dutch Urban Envoy, Ministry of Interior and Kingdom Relations
- Learning from practice: the north-western European perspective by Desirée Uitzetter, Director Urban Development BPD and Han Joosten, Head of Market Research BPD
- Socio-economic segregation in Europe: Area- and people-based policy solutions, by Maarten van Ham, Professor of Urban Renewal and Housing, Delft University of Technology & Professor of Geography, University of St Andrews
Workshop 1: Making housing for all – affordable and inclusive
- The inclusive city over the life course by Maarten van Ham, Professor of Urban Renewal and Housing, Delft University of Technology & Professor of Geography, University of St Andrews
- A Great Start for Everybody by Leon Bobbe, Chairman of De Key
- Strategy for creating a social mix and also affordable housing by Christian Dalsdorf, Project Manager at By og Havn
- Challenging the market - New models for affordable housing by Kristian Käll, Process manager social sustainability at Älvstranden Utveckling
- Netherlands, Rotterdam: Katendrecht by Sander Geenen, City of Rotterdam, Project manager at City of Rotterdam
- Making Social Housing Sexy by Amelia Hunter, Designer and Strategist at Studio Weave
- RenovActive - a healthy and affordable renovation concept by Michael K. Rasmussen, Senior VP Brand at the VELUX Group
- Challenges from the government`s point of view by Jos van Dalen, Manager Department 'Building and Energy' of the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations of the Netherlands
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