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Mayors Adaptation Forum at Resilient Cities 2013

Mayors Adaptation Forum 2013 participants

Since 2010, the Resilient Cities congress hosts the Mayors Adaptation Forum - the leadership segment of the event that connects political leaders of local governments with technical experts and global partners.

Every year, the Forum concludes with the Bonn Declaration of Mayors, which confirms the results of high level consultations and provides strategic guidance on priority issues in advancing innovative actions and advocacy on urban resilience and adaptation.

2013 Durban Adaptation Charter signing ceremony

In 2013, the Mayors Adaptation Forum focused on:

  • the implementation of the Durban Adaptation Charter,
  • the role and importance of urban food systems in strengthening urban resilience and adaptation,
  • advancing advocacy and engagement of local governments in global climate decisions and follow-up on the outcomes of the Rio+20 process.

The Mayors Adaptation Forum consisted of specific open sessions within the scope of Congress agenda and special closed meetings that facilitated focused consultations between high level, invited participants. Outcomes included the 2013 Bonn Declaration of Mayors and a special signing ceremony of the Durban Adaptation Charter during which 12 city leaders committed to strengthening local level adaptive capacity to climate change.  

Highlights from 2010 and 2011 include the launch of UNISDR’s “Making My Cities Resilient” Campaign, the release of the final report on the World Bank´s Mayors Task Force on Urban Poverty and Climate Change, and high level discussions on bottom-up financing for local climate actions.

The Mayors Adaptation Forum played a pivotal role in the organization of the World Mayors Summit on Climate in Mexico City in 2010 that adopted the Global Cities Covenant on Climate – the Mexico City Pact - and the Durban Local Government Convention in 2011 that adopted the Durban Adaptation Charter.

 

Have a look at the outcomes of the previous Mayors Adaptation Forums