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World Habitat Day – better outcomes through collaboration and creative solutions

Erin Walsh

As we mark the Global Observance of World Habitat Day under the theme “Resilient urban economies, Cities as drivers of growth and recovery,” we find ourselves at a pivotal juncture. The UK, like many nations, grapples with the multifaceted challenges faced by local governments, including financial pressures, climate change, social challenges and the critical mandate to deliver public services effectively.

At IMPOWER, we have had the privilege of collaborating with local government leaders for over two decades on transformation programmes. Our journey has taught us that resilience is born from acknowledging challenges and leveraging them as catalysts for positive change.

We believe that the path to resilience lies in collaboration and creative solutions. Brilliantly, in the face of adversity, local authorities continue to forge partnerships, embrace digital transformation, empower citizens and pursue sustainable urban planning. This is not a time to slow down but an opportunity to recommit to investing in green infrastructure, renewable energy, affordable housing and efficient transportation that can set the stage for economic growth while addressing pressing environmental concerns.

On this World Habitat Day, let us recommit to working together, standing resilient, and collectively shaping urban economies that thrive, ensuring no one is left behind. It’s time to reflect on our journey, reconsider our strategies and march forward stronger, united in our pursuit of a sustainable and inclusive tomorrow.

I encourage you to reach out to me if you would like to discuss how we can pave the way for better outcomes by building a more sustainable tomorrow.

Written by

Erin Walsh

Director, IMPOWER



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