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.
Jesse van Velzen
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