The Hague’s Resilience Story

As the home to several international organizations including the International Criminal Court, Eurojust, Europol and the Organisation 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 digitisation 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 that the Dutch are famous for, but ultimately The Hague’s resilience relies on a broader approach that empowers our citizens to support one another in good times and bad.

The Hague’s Resilience Journey

In May 2016, The Hague was selected to join the 100 Resilient Cities program. The Hague hosted its Agenda-Setting Workshop on December 1, 2016 and released a workshop report in February 2017.

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, with a combination of problems and opportunities:

  • Inclusive, strong and just city | Key question: How can we ensure our international reputation for peace, justice and security also reflects the experience of living in The Hague?
  • Agile and climate ready | Key question: How can we create more adaptable places and critical systems that meet our needs in the face of acute hazards and climate change, as well as ensure our communities are prepared to withstand and bounce back from disruptions.
  • Cyber secure city ready for the new economy | Key question: How should we approach the transition towards digitisation and emerging economic sectors embracing a future economy that builds on our strengths, is secure from disruption and maximises benefits for all our citizens
  • Resilience in the way we work | Key question: How do we integrate the principles of resilience thinking into the city’s processes, encourage new kinds of cross-sectoral collaboration and support bottom-up initiatives by communities?

To turn those discovery area’s questions into implementable projects, programs and initiatives, Phase II of the strategy development will consist of targeted research and idea generation by local, national, and international experts and the assembly of ideas into a coherent and practical strategy. Essential for a resilient The Hague is the city’s most important asset, its people. Public participation will be at the core of their approach, with citizens to help shape the steps the city takes.

SHOCKS AND STRESSES
  • Climate Change
  • Cyber Attack
  • Disease Outbreak
  • Extreme Cold
  • Extreme Heat
  • Inadequate Educational Systems
  • Infrastructure Failure
  • Lack of Social Cohesion
  • Population Growth / Overpopulation
  • Poverty
  • Terrorist Attack
  • Unemployment

Meet The Chief Resilience Officer

The Hague's CRO

Anne-Marie Hitipeuw is Chief Resilience Officer for The Hague.

“I am honoured 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 an Resilience Strategy for our city, we will work towards a futureproof The Hague. Being part of the 100RC network is a great opportunity to connect with global experts and innovators cities. 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 Chief Resilience Officer, Anne-Marie worked for City of The Hague’s International Programme as Senior Strategic Advisor. She developed programmes on Big Data for Peace and Humanity, Urban Security and Water Diplomacy. She played a key role in the process of the City of The Hague becoming a member the 100 Resilient Cities Network.

At the City Planning Department, she developed the policy framework for the urban investment agenda of The Hague and was project manager of The Hague’s Climate Change Adaptation Plan.

Before joining the City of The Hague, Anne-Marie worked for the engineering firm Arup on eco-cities in Beijing and Shanghai. She introduced decision support tools in the urban design process and worked with CBRE and other partners on models for measurement of the sustainability of cities. She gained expertise in the modelling 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.

Snapshot of The Hague

  • 502,704

    POPULATION AS OF 2016

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