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Amsterdam, 28 Sept 11

Photo © UN-HABITAT / J. Hogan

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development, VEOLIA Environment, Nomadeis, BASF, This is Africa, Siemens, GDF-SUEZ, JAO Design International, ARUP, the PENN Institute for Urban Research, and the Financial Times joined UN-HABITAT in Amsterdam earlier this month for the first meeting of the agency's new Urban Private Sector Advisory Board hosted by Arcadis.

The new board is a voluntary affiliation of business entities with corporate social responsibility programmes dedicated to sustainable urban development. It aims to foster cooperation and partnership, information and expertise, as well as advise UN-HABITAT. The board will also represent the private sector interests in various UN-HABITAT campaigns and other initiatives.

All official private sector partners of the agency will be able to join board, while others such as academic institutions, business schools or independent experts can sign up as associate members.

The Urban Private Sector Advisory Board members elected Ms. Christian Kornevall of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development as Chair, and Ms. Katharina Felgenhauer of BASF as co-Chair. Companies also presented their current work in the field of sustainable urban development, either through their partnerships with UN-HABITAT or their own programmes.

The board members discussed their contribution to next year's big meetings, the RIO +20 Summit and the sixth session of the World Urban Forum scheduled in Naples.

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