Mayor of Rotterdam Discusses Racism and Sustainable Urbanism

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Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb poses during a meeting with Mayors to push for local actions to fight climate change at Paris city Hall on the margins of the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Paris, Friday, Dec. 3, 2015. The French president Francois Hollande said that "no region in the world could feel protected of climate disorders" and encouraged city mayors to get involved in fighting climate change. Francois Mori / AP Photo
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Rotterdam Mayor Ahmed Aboutaleb poses during a meeting with Mayors to push for local actions to fight climate change at Paris city Hall on the margins of the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference, in Paris, Friday, Dec. 3, 2015. The French president Francois Hollande said that "no region in the world could feel protected of climate disorders" and encouraged city mayors to get involved in fighting climate change. Francois Mori / AP Photo

Mayor of Rotterdam Discusses Racism and Sustainable Urbanism

Ahmed Aboutaleb has served as Rotterdam’s Mayor for over nine years. He has worked on issues related to immigration and economic reform in the Netherlands. Recently, Mayor  Aboutaleb faced backlash after a statement on NPO Radio 1 in which he started, “every Muslim is a bit of a salafist.” He is currently in town to discuss urban planning and environmental sustainability at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. We talk with Ahmed Aboutaleb about domestic politics and some of the challenges he faces as Mayor.