An international knowledge centre on urban development in The Hague
On February 207h 2009, IFHP, ISOCARP, INTA and Nicis International signed aLetter of Intent to intensify cooperation between the four organisations,providing joint responses to the challenges to the urban community worldwide.
By signing this preliminary agreement, the 4 institutions, which have longestablished identity and influence, intend to create in the City of The Hague,The Netherlands, an international knowledge centre on urban development. Theseinternational organisations believe that contemporary challenges, issues andproblems concerning urban settlements demand integrated solutions that wouldbenefit from more effective international collaboration and knowledge transferprogrammes. The initiative is supported by the City of The Hague and the DutchMinistry of Housing, Planning and the Environment (VROM).
The Letter was signed by the Presidents of IFHP (Francesc Ventura), ISOCARP(Pierre Laconte) and INTA (Budiarsa Sastrawinata) and the General Director ofNicis (Gerard Schouw).
IFHP is a worldwide network ofprofessional institutions and individuals of many signatures active in the broadfields of housing, urban development and planning. With a main focus onsustainable development, the Federation organises a wide range of activities andcreates opportunities for the international exchange of knowledge and experiencein these professional fields. By this exchange, its aim is to promote mutuallearning and inspiration, and generate new ideas amongst professionals in orderto equip them to find the best local solutions to the global challenges facinghousing and planning today.
ISOCARP - International Societyof City and Regional Planners - is a professional association that aims atnetworking planners worldwide, also including planning-related institutions Itorganises annual congresses and regional events, short-term urban professionaladvisory teams for planning institutions, meetings of Mayors and authorities andyoung planning professionals’ workshops. It yearly delivers Awards forexcellence in planning and publishes among others an International Manual ofPlanning Practice in 100 countries. It has Regional Offices in Sitges-Barcelona,Brussels-Europe, Nairobi and Cancun.
INTA is an international andindependent non-profit association dedicated to the improvement of urbandevelopment through voluntary support activities and the intensive internationalexchange of practices and experiences between public and private urban actorsand practitioners.
Nicis Institute generatesinnovative knowledge to address national and international urban issues. Theinstitute operates as a centre of excellence for cities. It is the premierknowledge institute for urban issues, with a focus on reinforcing the economicand social strength of cities. Nicis Institute responds to the demand thatexists among those who operate in the urban landscape. Cities, organisations andthe media can take advantage of the institute’s expertise. For cities theinstitute doubles as a cooperation partner that looks ahead, conducts research,evaluates, trains, advises, supports and unites.
By: Simone Pekelsma,