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Insurance industry and cities: Natural partners in city resilience

1 June 2017

A brand new, urbanized world requires a new approach to sustainability – insurers and cities must work more closely together... Read our guest article in Crisis Response Journal, our Resilient Cities media partner:

"Natural partners in city resilience" co-authored with Butch Bacani, Program Leader, UN Environment's Principles for Sustainable Insurance (PSI) Initiative.

City leaders talk resilience at RC2017

29 May 2017

City representatives from across the globe share their thoughts on resilience building, its challenges and opportunities. The interviews mirrored what they discussed during the 2017 Resilient Cities Congress in Bonn, Germany.

Resilient Cities 2017 Recap

16 May 2017

The 8th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation featured more than 440 participants, 40 sessions and a number of side events, making the Congress an outstanding platform for learning, sharing ideas, and creating solutions. We were pleased to welcome participants from over 55 countries to Bonn. 

To learn more about what happened at the congress: 

  • Read the daily highlights from Resilient Cities below!
  • Find the pictures taken at the congress here: 4 May5 May, and 6 May 
  • Revisit the contents in our website and at the CityTalk Blog
  • Stay connected by following us and tweet using the hashtag #ResilientCities

The 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction: Important things to follow for local and regional governments

19 May 2017

Three days left for the 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction to commence in Cancun, Mexico. The official program of the GP17 is available here:  For an overview of the agenda click here.

ICLEI will contribute to the program and the discussion on coherence of the post-2015 frameworks by bringing messages from the Resilient Cities 2017 congress and the recent Bonn Climate Conference. The following discussions are particularly relevant for local and regional governments: 

The Summit for Local and Regional Governments (23 May 2017) 

The Summit is organized under the aegis of UNISDR's “Making Cities Resilient Campaign” and its Steering Committee and supported by UNISDR and UN-Habitat. Sessions will be organized by ICLEI, UCLG, Leaders Link, AECOM, Greater Manchester Prepared, and The World Bank.

Download the Summit agenda here.

Other relevant events are: The high-level plenary "National and Local Disaster Risk Reduction Strategies Pave the Way for Action by All" (25 May 2017), the working session "Achieving the Sendai Framework and SDG’s target at Local Level"  (25 May 2017) and the various side events as highlighted on the guidance for local governments overview (click picture to download).

Urban resilience stream at COP22: Updates

Debra Roberts, Deputy Head: Environmental Planning & Climate Protection, eThekwini Municipality, South Africa & Co-Chair of the Working Group II on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability at COP22 announcing the "International Conference on Climate Change and Cities Science" in early 2018.

8 December 2016

On November 10th at the Global Climate Action day on Cities and Human Settlements, ICLEI facilitated the resilience work stream in collaboration with the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior and the Fonds Mondial pour le Développement des Villes (FMDV). A showcase event presented initiatives on Resilience and Human Settlements providing an update on key global activities designed to accelerate and scale-up local adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Policy dialogues engaged participants in discussions regarding ensuring synergy among Paris Agreement, the New Urban Agenda and Sendai Framework Policy in the context of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and finally financing urban resilience through local, subnational, national, regional, global and private resources to enhance access and performance of local/urban resilience investments.

Mayor Sumptoh of Port Vila, Vanuatu summarized the outcomes from the discussions at the High Level Action Day on November 17th. The webcast of the event is available. One of the proposals for action of the day includes the use of inputs from the annual Resilient Cities congress in Bonn to enrich elements on resilience in official United Nations processes coming up in 2017 and 2018.

Read the highlightsfinal report or UN press release and webcast of the day. 

For more information on the Agenda of the Day, follow the link.  See "Best of" photos from the day.

Join ICLEI's webinar on COP22 Outcomes for Local and Regional GovernmentsDecember 15, 2016 at 10:00 - 11:00 CET or 16:00 - 17:00 CET, to find out what COP22 meant for local and regional governments across the globe. Updates and highlights from the Global Climate Action (GCA) Resilience Workstream on 10th November will be shared. The webinar is free of charge and welcomes registrations now