The Hague’s resilience journey
Home to several international organizations including the International Criminal Court, Eurojust, Europol, and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, The Hague has built a strong reputation as the international city of peace and justice.
However, we cannot rest on our reputation. Today we are facing new major challenges such as climate change, growing inequalities, and digitalization of our economy, all of which will have complex and interconnected effects on our city. These challenges can partly be tackled by the sorts of technical innovations for which the Dutch are famous, but ultimately The Hague’s resilience relies on a broader approach that empowers our citizens to support one another in good times and bad.
In May 2016, The Hague was selected to join the 100RC initiative. The Hague hosted its Agenda-Setting Workshop in December 2016 and released a workshop report in February 2017.
The Hague released its Preliminary Resilience The Hague released its Preliminary Resilience Assessment in January 2018, both in English and in Dutch. The main result of the PRA is the identification of four discovery areas, presenting a combination of problems and opportunities:
- Ensuring a connected and inclusive society
- Getting everyone ready for the new economy
- Adapting to climate change
- Improving risk awareness and emergency preparedness
- Engaging partners in the city and beyond
Essential to a resilient The Hague is the city’s most important asset, its people. Public participation will be at the core of The Hague’s approach, with citizens helping to shape the steps the city takes.
Meet the Chief Resilience Officer
Chief Resilience Officer
Anne-Marie Hitipeuw is Chief Resilience Officer for The Hague.
“I am honored to be given the opportunity to serve the communities of our city and to work with stakeholders across all sectors who are driving forward the transformation and resilience of The Hague. As we develop a Resilience Strategy for our city, we will work towards a future-proof The Hague. Being part of the 100RC network is a great opportunity to connect with global experts and innovators. The 100RC network is identifying, sharing, and institutionalizing innovative resilience practices that can inspire other cities around the world.”
Prior to becoming The Hague’s first CRO, Anne-Marie was Senior Strategic Advisor for the City of The Hague’s International Programme. She developed programmes on Big Data for Peace and Humanity, Urban Security, and Water Diplomacy, and played a key role in the process of The Hague becoming a member of 100RC.
At the City Planning Department, Anne-Marie developed the policy framework for The Hague’s urban investment agenda, and was project manager of the city’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan.
Before joining the City of The Hague, Anne-Marie worked for Arup on eco-cities in Beijing and Shanghai. She introduced decision support tools into the urban design process and worked with CBRE and other partners on models for measuring the sustainability of cities. She gained expertise in modeling work while working for the Environmental Simulation Center in New York City. For UN-Habitat, she evaluated the implementation of Local Agenda 21 in Nairobi, Kenya.
Anne-Marie holds an MSc in Urban Planning from the Technical University of Delft, and an MA in Geography from the University Utrecht.