United Nations reps recognize Hoboken for ‘role model’ flood resiliency project

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Ambassadors from across the nation gathered at Pier A in Hoboken Tuesday night to see Mayor Dawn Zimmer accept an award on behalf of the city for their flood preparedness program. 

Representatives from the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction honored the city of Hoboken as a Role Model City as part of the nationwide Making Cities Resilient campaign.

Margareta Wahlström, a Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, explained why the Mile Square City was a worthy recipient of the prestigious award.

After Zimmer and Council President Ravi Bhalla accepted the award on behalf of the city, the mayor spoke about the community’s involvement in Hoboken’s Rebuild by Design Integrated Water Management Strategy.

Bhalla also expressed that it will be a community initiative to prevent flooding from happening in Hoboken again.

Bert Koenders, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, reflected on some of the recent hardships Hoboken has faced, commending both Zimmer and the city’s residents to collectively find a remedy for the problem.

Ambassadors from Colombia, Peru and the State of Eritrea were just a few of the other nationwide dignitaries that attended the event.