Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb (on bike) reviews a map with Milton Puryear from Brooklyn Greenway Inititative.

By Jordy Broekmeulen
Junior Economic Officer, Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York

Mayor of Rotterdam Ahmed Aboutaleb was invited by the United Nations in New York to participate in a discussion about violent extremism among youth last week.

Aboutaleb talked with UN representatives about Rotterdam’s tactics in these serious matters. As a follow up to the mayor’s previous visit to the Countering Violent Extremism summit in Washington, the Strong Cities Network was established in New York.

Kentler Gallery in Red Hook, BrooklynRotterdam has been a member of this network since the beginning, and works with other cities to strengthen the resistance towards violent extremism and radicalization.

As a part of this economic mission, Aboutaleb started conversations with New York-based companies about expanding to Rotterdam. In addition, the mayor visited urban development and water management projects.

After a bike tour on VanMoof bikes along the Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway and a visit to the Kentler International Drawing Space in Red Hook, he took a walking tour along Manhattan’s East Side Coastal Resiliency Project. Here the group, including ONE Architecture, Arcadis US, and Bjarke Ingels group, talked about ways to improve flood defense while enhancing other physical aspects of the community.