Mayors and high-level representatives from the cities of Christchurch, Dubai, Mexico City, Rotterdam, Santiago, the State of Maryland, and Tirana gave a clear message in Dubai on 1 November: Cities are where the climate battle will largely be won or lost, and mayors are the world's first responders to the climate emergency. Collaboration is key and actions speak louder than words; cities are leading by doing.
This awareness was central during the event 'Two Extremes: Flooding and Heatwaves. Resilience Challenges and Innovation in Cities' which took place on 1 November at the Netherlands Pavilion during the Rural and Urban Development Week at the Expo 2020 Dubai.
The event was hosted by the Netherlands Water Partnership’s Dutch Resilience Hub team and organised in cooperation with the City of Rotterdam and the Netherlands Government.
Programme and presentations
The event consisted of a high level opening and closing ceremony moderated by Bianca Nijhof, Managing Director of the Netherlands Water Partnership and valued contributions of:
Ahmed Aboutaleb - Mayor of the City of Rotterdam
Peter Potman - Deputy Director-General for Foreign Economic Relations, Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs,
Henk Ovink - Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Kingdom of the Netherlands,
Gerben Wigmans - Director General Urban Management, City of Rotterdam
Lianne Dalziel - Mayor of the City of Christchurch, New Zealand
Talib Adbulkareem Mohammed Julfar - Chief Executive Officer, Infrastructure Services Sector, City of Dubai
Kyle R. Overly - Disaster Risk Reduction Director, Maryland Department of Emergency Management
Silvia Chávez Cereceda - International Cooperation Manager, Mexican National Water Commission
Claudio Orrego Larraín - Regional Governor, Regional Government of Metropolitan Santiago
Erion Veliaj - Mayor of the City of Tirana
During the day three technical session touched upon the topics Heat Stress, Flooding and Resilient Coastal Systems.
Technical Session Heat Stress - Resilience Challenges and Solutions
Combating the lack of water and heat waves in the city. With presentations by Dutch representatives from Dutch firms with local representatives and a live Q&A at the Netherlands Pavilion
Moderator: Jeroen Trimpe Burger - Young Expert Programme (YEP)
Johan Verlinde - Program Manager Rotterdam Climate Adaptation Plan, City of Rotterdam | Download presentation