International collaboration

A better climate for people, the environment, and the economy is a goal we share with people and nations around the globe. Cities on every continent can learn a lot from one another by sharing climate-related expertise and experiences.

Clinton Climate Initiative and C40

The Clinton Climate Initiative of former President of the United States Bill Clinton adopted the mission of using a business-oriented systems approach to combat climate change. Pivotal to this approach is the use of new technologies and a commitment to finding practical, measurable solutions.

The CCI works in partnership with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, an alliance of over 60 large cities across the globe. As a relatively small city, Rotterdam is honoured to be given the opportunity to participate in the C40 as ' Innovator City' - a trendsetter and a laboratory - due to its consistent choice in favour of and focused commitment to sustainable economic and urban development.

100 Resilient Cities - pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation

Rotterdam participates in the 100 Resilient Cities Programme. In 2013, the Rockefeller Foundation challenged cities around the world to build resilience into their community plans, prepare for future developments and unforeseen events, and make them ready to respond and come out stronger than they were before. Together with a hundred other cities, Rotterdam took up the challenge. Each participating city has a Chief Resilience Officer, whose salary is paid by the grant of the Rockefeller Foundation. The Chief Resilience Officers take the lead in their respective cities to ensure that all important parties, ranging from citizens through companies and organisations to institutes, rally behind the cause of strengthening the city. The Chief Resilience Officer of Rotterdam is Arnoud Molenaar.

Connecting Delta Cities

Over half of the world's population lives in cities, most of them in delta cities. Delta cities and their ports are among the most vulnerable areas to climate change as the economic value of the urban area is high and the risk of casualties in times of flooding is high as well.

For this reason, Rotterdam set up the Connecting Delta Cities network as part of the larger C40 network. Within this network, cities share and exchange expertise on integrated urban water management and climate adaptation - as well as best practices.

The CDC network currently comprises 12 member cities: Tokyo, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, London, Hong Kong, Melbourne, New York, New Orleans, Rotterdam, Copenhagen, Venice and Singapore.