Arcadis Shelter program workshops promote worldwide implementation of the New Urban Agenda

Arcadis Shelter program workshops promote worldwide implementation of the New Urban Agenda

When last year the New Urban Agenda was adopted at the Habitat III conference the main question was how to promote the implementation, from policy and principles to building better urban environments. At the UN-Habitat Governing Council in Nairobi in May this year Shelter program manager stressed the responsibility of the private sector as key stakeholder in this implementation process. In the real world of city building the private sector is not only key to the implementation of the policy guidelines, but is also benefiting from a well-planned and organized urban environment.

For more than seven years Arcadis supports UN-Habitat through the Shelter program, providing technical support in over 100 missions all over the world and organizing a yearly Shelter Academy for knowledge transfer.

An important additional activity is the promotion of the principles of the New Urban Agenda throughout the Arcadis offices. Aim is that all staff members, consultants and engineers, get knowledge of the New Urban Agenda and can implement the principles in their daily work. This year over 20 workshops are organized in Arcadis offices in Australia, Asia, Europe, North and South America in which Arcadis consultants and engineers are briefed on the New Urban Agenda and challenged to provide innovate ideas on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda in their daily practice. 

Workshops are organized internal in Arcadis offices, but also external focusing on Cities and Climate Change. Recently workshops were given with International Housing Studies at Erasmus University Rotterdam and at the Summer School of the department of Urbanism at the Architecture Faculty of Delft Technical University. In this way the New Urban Agenda can be used in practice to plan, design and built better urban environments.

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