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Resilient Cities Report 2015 now available in French!

25 November 2015

The report reflects the outcomes of the Resilient Cities 2015 congress and captures broader developments in the field or urban resilience and climate change adaptation. It is based on the expertise of international experts and practitioners who participated at the congress, June 8-10 in Bonn, Germany. The report features case studies from around the world, highlights newly available tools and solutions, and provides an overview of the state of urban resilience globally by exploring new directions and innovations.

Download it here!

Resilient Cities 2015 and the French version of Resilient Cities 2015 Report were generously supported by the French Development Agency (AFD)

For the English version of the Report, click here

Catch up on Resilient Cities 2015 first webinar!

24 November 2015

"Urban resilience and adaptation at COP21", our first webinar of the series, was concluded yesterday, 23 November 2015. 

The webinar focused on the urban resilience agenda at COP21 and presented resilience-relevant events and launches at the Blue Zone, City Hall and the Cities and Regions Pavilion. Presenters discussed what a positive outcome from the Paris negotiations looks like for cities and why it is important to highlight local action at this specific Climate Conference. The webinar introduced the Lima-Paris Action Agenda (LPAA) and other expected outcomes and commitments for resilience from COP21 and showcased a tangible example of urban resilience with the city of Dakar, which is already acting ahead and beyond the negotiations to address climate change on the ground.  

If you missed the webinar or wish to revisit the key points mentioned, the live recording, full presentations and relevant links are now available online.

The Resilient Cities webinar series returns on November 23!

17 November 2015

For the fourth year, the Resilient Cities Webinar Series will bring together experts and local government practitioners in the field of urban adaptation and resilience to continue conversations initiated at the Resilient Cities 2015 congress and explore new directions for Resilient Cities 2016. The first webinar of the year will take place Monday, 23 November from 15:00-16:00 CET and focus on:


  • Yunus Arikan, Head of Global Policy and Advocacy, ICLEI World Secretariat (introduction)
  • Patricia Holly Purcell, Senior Strategic and Partnerships Advisor, UN-Habitat
  • Antoine Faye, Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), Adviser to the Mayor, Dakar, Senegal 


 The webinars are free of charge. For further information about the first webinar and updates on upcoming sessions, please visit our website.

Resilient Cities 2016 - Call for Contributions open!

26 October 2015

Submissions are now being accepted for the Resilient Cities 2016, the 7th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation taking place in July 6-8, 2016. Our call for contributions will remain open until January 8, 2016

The themes for Resilient Cities 2016 will feature a new focus on urban resilience and informality (informal settlements and economy) and on tracking progress on the local implementation of global frameworks (i.e. Sendai Framework, SDGs, Paris Agreement, Habitat III). 

It will also continue its strong focus on financing resilience and zoom in on risk transfer and climate insurance solutions. Resilient Cities 2016 calls for examples of integrated, holistic approaches to climate actions and looks into how cities measure and evaluate their resilience (implementation phase). Key developments and innovations in areas such as standardizing city data, disaster recovery and reconstruction, creating climate-resilient public health systems, and communicating resilience will be explored.  

Proposals will be accepted for presentations, panels, workshops, posters, Reality Check Workshops, co-events, and alternative formats, including training, “talk shows” and “fishbowl” presentations.

Visit the call for contributions page on our new Resilient Cities 2016 website for more information on new themes, formats and to submit your contribution! 

ICLEI Commends Debra Roberts’ Election as IPCC WGII Co-Chair

Debra Roberts gives a Keynote Address at Resilient Cities 2013

16 October 2015

ICLEI is delighted to welcome Dr. Debra Roberts of South Africa as a Co-Chair of the Working Group II on Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability. This is the first time that a scientist based in local government has been elected to such a position within the IPCC, highlighting national governments’ growing trust and recognition of the important work being done by local and subnational governments in helping to understand and address the climate change challenge