NEW YORK CITY - The Clinton Global Initiative acknowledged AkzoNobel's promise to help cities around the world build more resilience to the challenges of the 21st century.

The commitment - officially made by AkzoNobel CEO Ton Büchner at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York - establishes a partnership with 100 Resilient Cities - pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation.

As well as compiling an urban resilience guide for cities, AkzoNobel has also committed to undertaking special projects in four cities named on the 100 Resilient Cities list. In addition, the company will make its expertise in paints, coatings and chemicals available to the program's advisory committees.

"Partnering with The Rockefeller Foundation and 100 Resilient Cities is a natural fit for AkzoNobel, following the launch of our Human Cities initiative in June," explained Büchner. "It offers further proof of our serious commitment to tackling the many challenges being faced by some of the world's biggest urban areas."

He added that by making a Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action, AkzoNobel is reinforcing its position as a key player in the whole area of urban resilience and regeneration, helping planners and policymakers to build more capacity and adaptability into city systems, businesses and communities.