With the WaterCampus as key asset, the Municipality of Leeuwarden is participating in the UN Global Compact Cities Programme at the highest level of Innovating City. Worldwide only 17 other cities participate on this level. Together with Milwaukee (US), Leeuwarden is the only city that aims at water technology as smart specialisation. To strengthen the collaboration. The Water Council Milwaukee and WaterCampus Leeuwarden also agreed on a cooperation agreement.
Leeuwarden could participate on this level because the UN Global Compact Programme was impressed by the results achieved around the WaterCampus so far. Not surprisingly it will be the WaterCampus that will be the focal point of the projects developed within the Programme.
Participating cities focus on collaboration between national, regional and local governments, business and civil society. WaterCampus Leeuwarden aims to ensure greater social integration within its existing partnerships and seeks to cooperate with projects developed within the ‘Leeuwarden Cultural Capital of Europe 2018’ scheme. Furthermore, WaterCampus Leeuwarden is aiming at demonstration and internationalisation of water technology.
Support from the United Nations
The Progamme provides support from the UN to Leeuwarden. This includes determining to what extend the UN Programme can contribute to international cooperation and stimulation of business by entering strategic partnerships on water technology. Together with the secretariat, of the UN Global Compact Programme in Melbourne (AUS), it will be determined how innovative water technology solutions can be deployed on humanitarian missions. For example, it could be deployed in developing countries and emerging economies.