Mayor Aboutaleb at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York

Mayor Aboutaleb will be in New York for three days next week for a business visit. He was invited by Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States, to speak about Climate Resilient Cities at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Meeting in September 2022. He also visits various projects in the city.


The CGI is an international platform where mayors, politicians and companies present the exchange of knowledge and experience on climate adaptation and financing. Rotterdam is known worldwide as a resilient and innovative city that tracks and responds to the opportunities and risks of climate change, digitalization, the new economy and globalization.

Mayor Aboutaleb visits several projects

In addition to attending the CGI, Mayor Aboutaleb will visit various projects, such as the Big U, a major dam protection project to protect New York from floods and hurricanes. Ten years after the devastating Hurricane Sandy, Dutch knowledge and experience was used to work on the Big U. He will also visit the Red Hook Community Justice Center, an innovative form of neighborhood-wide (criminal) law.

A similar project is underway in South Rotterdam, Wijkrechtspraak op Zuid. The judges handle criminal, civil and administrative cases of residents in Huis van de Wijk in Hillevliet 90. Before a hearing, the authorities involved in the case work together on a sustainable solution for a resident.

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