A big step forward: Cooperation agreement between UN-HABITAT and ACUUS

Montreal, 24 September 2014

The date of September 16th 2014 is remarkable for our organization. A Memorandum of Underground was signed between The United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-HABITAT) and the Associated Research Centers for the Urban Underground Space (ACUUS), aiming to establish an official collaboration for raising awareness of the sustainable use of underground space for urban development. Since inauguration of ACUUS Secretariat in Montreal in 1996, our organization incorporated in Canada has maintained an international network of institution members and professional members located in 15 countries around the world. This agreement will allow ACUUS and UN-HABITAT to collaborate and work together to share and transfer the benefits, lessons learned, best practices, advantages and financing opportunities of underground space maintenance and development for its sustainable usage within a context of urban development, resilient cities and disaster risk deduction.

The ceremony was held in the UN-HABITAT New York office, with presence of ACUUS General Manager Mr. Jacques Besner, UN-HABITAT Executive Director Dr. Joan Clos, and ACUUS Secretary General Mrs. Sanja Zlantanic (From left to right in the photo below). Official announcement is published in UN-HABITAT’s front page, please refer to: http://unhabitat.org/cooperation-agreement-promotes-sustainable-use-of-underground-urban-space/.