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29 June 2015

More than 420 participants, including approximately 170 speakers, convened in order to discuss urban resilience and adaptation in 39 sessions and a number of side events. We were pleased to welcome participants from 56 countries to Bonn. Twenty-five percent came from local governments, 24 percent from academia, 28 percent from international organizations and NGOs, 8 percent from the corporate sector, and 12 percent from national governments. Three percent were media representatives.

Top quotes:

Bonn is the place for sustainable transformation. Resilient Cities is the place to connect and establish synergies.” (Jürgen Nimptsch, Mayor of Bonn)

There is a movement towards the transformation of cities playing a leadership role not only in climate change but also in sustainable development.”(Cynthia Rosenzweig, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies)

It is a combination of approaches that will make cities more resilient and the green answer is not always the appropriate answer.” (Barney Dickson, Head of Climate Change Unit, UNEP, Kenya)

Often it's about connecting the right people and networks...” (Katrien Verbeke, Food Policy Coordinator)

We must establish an organizational culture where failures are acceptable– if you are trying to do something new, you are bound to have failures.”(Lykke Leonardsen, Head of Climate Unit, City of Copenhagen)

To learn more about what happened at the congress:

Coming up:

  • July: Presentations and Outlook for the next congress
  • August: Congress Report

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Resilient Cities 2015 Program Booklet is now online!

29 May 2015

With Resilient Cities 2015 almost upon us, ICLEI is happy to announce the release of our program booklet in which you can find all the details about the biggest global forum on urban resilience and climate change adaptation!

This year's program includes a full-day Finance Forum and a half-day Special Urban Food Forum as well as an exciting smorgasbord of plenaries, presentations and panel discussions with the latest developments in sustainability, resiliency and climate actions from around the world. 

 Click here to download the booklet PDF.

Resilient Cities 2015 Photo Contest: Winner Announced!

30 April 2015

Congratulations to Sayamon Saiyot, winner of the Resilient Cities 2015 Photo Contest! As a result you have won a free pass to the Resilient Cities 2015 congress!

The topic of the contest this year was: Testimonies of resilience: Snapshots capturing successful climate change adaptation actions in your city or community. Sayamon's submission has perfectly embodied the contest theme. For more background on the winning photo, check out our specially dedicated webpage

Thank you, Sayamon and everyone else who participated in the Photo Contest! We were pleased to receive a large number of diverse, original, high quality photographs, which we’ve enjoyed reviewing. Our honorable mentions go to: Ely A Karim and Ramiz Khan. Follow the link to check out their impressive photos.  

Resilient Cities 2015 Photo Contest: Few more days to win a free pass

15 April 2015

Capture urban resilience and enter the Resilient Cities Photo Contest for the chance to win a free pass to the congress! The deadline for submissions is extended to: 26 April 2015.

The topic of the contest this year: 

The winner will be featured on our website(s) and social media, receive a certificate, and win a free pass to our Resilient Cities 2015 congress, in Bonn, Germany. Click here for more info on how to enter the photo contest. 

Congratulations to All India Institute of Local Government for winning the 2015 Risk Award at the WCDRR

18 March 2015

The All India Institute of Local Self-Government (AIILSG) was awarded the 2015 Risk Award and a grant of €100,000 for a project to support slum dwellers in Pune, India. The award, which was announced at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction on March 16th, celebrates people-centered, replicable, innovative and sustainable solutions in Disaster Risk Management. And these characteristics stood out in the winning entry from Pune, where 25,000 people living in informal settlements will benefit from the project. For more details, read here