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Endorsing partners

The world's leading institutions in the field of cities' adaptation and resilience to climate change have given their support to the Resilient Cities Congress Series from 2010 to today. Every year, we are delighted to welcome longstanding partners and extend our network to new organizations! Their support is instrumental in echoing the efforts and successes of the Resilient Cities Congress Series.


The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) is the only legally binding international agreement on land issues. The Convention promotes good land stewardship. Its 195 Parties aim, through partnerships, to implement the Convention and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The end goal is to protect our land, from over-use and drought, so it can continue to provide us all with food, water and energy. By sustainably managing land and striving to achieve land degradation neutrality, now and in the future, we will reduce the impact of climate change, avoid conflict over natural resources and help communities to thrive.

For more information about UNCCD, please refer to its website.


The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) leads the efforts in ensuring food security and nutrition for all. It aims to eradicate hunger, food insecurity, malnutrition and poverty, and assure the sustainable management of natural resources. FAO creates up-to-date information and supports the transition to sustainable agriculture, strengthens political will, shares policy expertise, bolsters public-private collaboration, brings knowledge to the field and supports countries in preventing and mitigating risks to agriculture, food and nutrition.


Established in 1966, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been partnering with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of live for everyone. UNDP works in four main areas: poverty reduction and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); democratic governance; crisis prevention and recovery; environment and sustainable development.

For more information about UNDP, please refer to its website.


The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. UN-Habitat's programs are designed to help policy-makers and local communities get to grips with the human settlements and urban issues and find workable, lasting solutions.

For general information about UN-Habitat and its activities, please visit its website.


The UN General Assembly adopted the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction in December 1999 and established UNISDR, the secretariat to ensure its implementation. UNISDR, the UN office for disaster risk reduction, is also the focal point in the UN system for the coordination of disaster risk reduction and the implementation of the international blueprint for disaster risk reduction - the "Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters".

UNISDR published a handbook for local government leaders 'How To Make Cities More Resilient' which was presented at the Resilient Cities 2012.


The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. With a membership of 62 Governments, 58 of which are in the region, and a geographical scope that stretches from Turkey in the west to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati in the east, and from the Russian Federation in the north to New Zealand in the south, ESCAP is the most comprehensive of the five United Nations regional commissions.

For more information about UNESCAP, visit their website.


The United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) is located in Bonn, Germany. UNU-EHS addresses risk and vulnerability aspects of human security and the consequences of complex environmental hazards for sustainable development. The work of UNU-EHS helps to improve the in-depth understanding of the cause - effect relationships to find ways to reduce risks and vulnerabilities.

The Institute aims at scientific excellence in two broad thematic areas:

  • Vulnerability assessment, resilience analysis, risk management and adaptation strategies within linked human-environment systems; and
  • internal displacement and transboundary migration due to environmental push-factors.

UN Environment

Created in 1972, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is the voice for the environment in the United Nations system. It is an advocate, educator, catalyst and facilitator, promoting the wise use of the planet's natural assets for sustainable development. The mission of UNEP is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations. UNEP is headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, with regional offices in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, North America and West Asia.

UNEP works on seven strategic priorities: chemicals and waste, climate change, disasters and conflicts, ecosystem management, environmental governance, environment under review and resource efficiency. The selection of these themes was guided by scientific evidence, the UNEP mandate, and priorities emerging from global and regional forums.

UNEP also launched the Green Economy Initiative in 2008. This initiative aims to bring national and world economies to a new path, in which jobs and output growth are driven by increased investment in green sectors, and consumers’ preferences are shifted towards environmentally friendly goods and services.

For more information about UNEP:


UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 48 least developed countries. It creates new opportunities for poor people and their communities by increasing access to microfinance and investment capital. UNCDF focuses on Africa and the poorest countries of Asia, with a special commitment to countries emerging from conflict or crisis. It provides seed capital – grants and loans – and technical support to help microfinance institutions reach more poor households and small businesses, and local governments finance the capital investments – water systems, feeder roads, schools, irrigation schemes – that will improve poor peoples’ lives.


Desertification, along with climate change and the loss of biodiversity, were identified as the greatest challenges to sustainable development during the 1992 Rio Earth Summit. Established in 1994, UNCCD is the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management. The Convention addresses specifically the arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, known as the drylands, where some of the most vulnerable ecosystems and peoples can be found. More information visit UNCCD website.


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) supports cooperative action by States to combat climate change and its impacts on humanity and ecosystems thus contributing to a sustainable world and to realizing the vision of peace, security and human dignity on which the United Nations is founded.

With 195 Parties, the UNFCCC has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate

The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU)

The Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety was established on 6 June 1986. Since then it has been responsible within the Federal Government for (lead-managing) national environmental policy.

The Federal Environment Ministry's sphere of responsibility also embraces three federal agencies: the Federal Environmental Agency (Umweltbundesamt), the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (Bundesamt für Naturschutz) and the Federal Office for Radiation Protection (Bundesamt für Strahlenschutz).

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) develops the guidelines and the fundamental concepts on which German development policy is based. It devises long-term strategies for cooperation with the various players concerned and defines the rules for implementing that cooperation. These are the foundations for developing shared projects with partner countries and international development organisations. All efforts are informed by the United Nations' Millennium Development Goals, which ambitiously aim to halve poverty in the world by 2015.

The World Bank

The World Bank is one of the world’s largest sources of funding for the developing world. Its primary focus is on helping the poorest people and the poorest countries. It uses its financial resources, its staff, and extensive experience to help developing countries, reduce poverty, increase economic growth, and improve their quality of life.

Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA)

The Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance (CCFLA) represents a multistakeholder and multilevel coalition of network of cities, private investors coalitions, development banks, national governments, research centres, foundations and civil society organisations that have come together to propose a set of measures designed to catalyse and accelerate investment into low-carbon and climate-resilient infrastructure in urban areas. Its core value proposition includes: Advocacy and raising visibility; scaling-up successful financial products; growing pipelines of fundable projects; creating enabling environments (readiness); catalysing and brokering partnerships; and coordinating and manage research & knowledge.

World Green Building Council

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) is a coalition of national Green Building Councils. With member organisations in over 80 countries, it is the largest international organisation influencing the green building marketplace. Since its establishment in 2002, the WorldGBC has been working closely with councils to promote local green building actions and address global issues such as climate change.

The Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV)

The Global Fund for Cities Development (FMDV) is the unique International Alliance of Local and Regional Governments dedicated to identify, promote and develop solutions for financing and investing in urban development in a resilient, integrated and sustainable approach.

To fulfill its objectives, FMDV works on three pillars of actions: Organizing the appropriate environments, instruments and strategies to finance urban development and local economic development; contribute to the dialogues through coalitions of actors and thematic platforms; participate in international processes in order to promote proven solutions, identified from its actions on the field, for implementing international commitments.

Climate and Development Knowledge Network - CDKN (copy 1)

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) supports developing country decision-makers in designing and delivering climate compatible development. They do this by combining research, advisory services and knowledge-sharing in support of locally owned and managed policy processes. They work in partnership with decision-makers in the public, private and non-governmental sectors nationally, regionally and globally.

CDKN is an alliance of five private and non-governmental organizations operating across Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean, with a global office in London, UK. Please visit for more information.

Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)

Established in 2006, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) is a partnership of 41 countries and 8 international organizations committed to helping developing countries reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and adapt to climate change. The partnership’s mission is to mainstream disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) in country development strategies by supporting a country-led and managed implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).

European Environment Agency

The European Environment Agency is an agency of the European Union.  Their task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment.  They are a major information source for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy.

For more information about EEA and its activities, visit its website.

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is a pan-European political assembly, the 648 members of which hold elective office. They may be regional or municipal councilors, mayors or presidents of regional authorities representing over 200,000 authorities in 47 European states.

The role of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities is to promote local and regional democracy, improve local and regional governance and strengthen authorities' self-government.

Cities Alliance

Cities Alliance is the global partnership for poverty reduction and the promotion of the role of cities in sustainable development. Cities Alliance has a unique membership, comprising associations of local government; national governments; multilateral organisations; international NGOs; private sector; foundations and knowledge institutions. Cities Alliance tackles the most challenging urban development issues programatically, through a combination of global and national policy development, technical assistance for longer-term country programs and promotes innovation through its Catalytic Fund. Current work program priorities include equitable city economic growth; gender equality and resilience. The Cities Alliance is at the forefront of promoting new thinking on a range of policy gaps, including the important role of secondary cities; the informal city and promoting local and national partnerships. The Cities Alliance is based in Brussels, and is hosted by the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS). For more information, please visit the Cities Alliance website

German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading research institutions and think tanks for global development and international development policy worldwide. The DIE's unique research profile combines research, consulting and professional training. DIE builds bridges between theory and practice and works within international research networks. For more information, please visit: 


The DKKV (Deutsches Komitee Katastrophenvorsorge e.V.) is the German national platform for disaster reduction, as well as a contact to organizations and initiatives involved in disaster reduction. It is also a center of expertise in all matters relating to national and international disaster reduction. It supports relevant research; development and implementation of instruments for disaster reduction; enhancement of risk awareness; and dissemination, on all educational levels, of findings from the field of disaster reduction.

For more information about the DKKV and its activities, please visit their website.


Earthquakes Megacities Initiative (EMI) is an international, not-for-profit, scientific organization dedicated to the reduction of disaster risk in megacities and major metropolises. It was founded in response to the urgent need to stimulate urban earthquake preparedness and mitigation in developing countries. EMI serves as a catalyst for the delivery of scientific and technical knowledge to local government officials, policymakers, practitioners, and disaster management technical personnel.

For more information about EMI, please visit its website.

Global Infrastructure Basel

Global Infrastructure Basel is the leading global platform for sustainable infrastructure investment and finance.  The platform has been active since 2008 and organized its first events on Carbon Finance for Urban Infrastructure in 2009.  

The first GIB Summit was held in January 2011, the second in February 2012, and the third in January 2013, attracting over 300 participants from 37 countries and more than 70 cities.  The fourth summit will be held 21-22 May 2014, again in Basel, Switzerland.

Global Risk Forum GRF Davos

Through its various activities Global Risk Forum GRF Davos aims at serving as a center of knowledge and know-how exchange for the application of contemporary risk management strategies, tools and practical solutions. Therefore GRF Davos develops guidelines for action, action policies, strategies, concepts and recommendations for disaster and risk management, which are significant to political institutions, national and international organizations, nations and the economy.

For more information about the Global Risk Forum Davos, visit its website.


The International Climate Change Information Programme aims to disseminate the latest findings from scientific research on climate change, including elements related to its environmental, social, economic and policy aspects in a way that allows them to be understood by the non-specialist audience.

For more information about the ICCIP and its activities, visit its website.

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

The International Institute for Environment and Development is a global leader in sustainable development. IIED’s mission is to build a fairer, more sustainable world, using evidence, action and influence in partnership with others.

As an independent international research organization, they are specialists in linking local to global. In Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, the Middle East and the Pacific, they work with some of the world's most vulnerable people to ensure they have a say in the policy arenas that most closely affect them — from village councils to international conventions.

Inter-American Development Bank

Inter-American Development Bank supports efforts by Latin America and the Caribbean countries to reduce poverty and inequality. Its aim is to bring about development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way.

Established in 1959, Inter-American Development Bank is the largest source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, with a strong commitment to achieve measurable results, increased integrity, transparency and accountability. It has an evolving reform agenda that seeks to increase its development impact in the region.

For more information about the IADB, visit their website.

International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)

IFOAM is the worldwide umbrella organization for the organic movement, uniting more than 750 member organizations in 116 countries.

Organic trade is a rapidly growing reality all over the world. The growth rates of the organic sector demonstrate that organic products are moving from the “niche” and entering mainstream markets. The total land under certified organic production worldwide has reached over 26 Million hectares. IFOAM is at the center of this development.


The International Society of City and Regional Planners (ISOCARP) is a global association of experienced professional planners. It was founded in 1965 in a bid to bring together recognized and highly-qualified planners in an international network. The ISOCARP network brings together individual and institutional members from more than 80 countries worldwide. As a non-governmental organization ISOCARP is recognized by the UN, UNHCS and the Council of Europe. The Society also has a formal consultative status with UNESCO.

For more information on ISOCARP please visit


IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,200 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.


Intermediary between the research community and local and regional collectivities, IUFN is an inter-city collaboration network specialized in urban alimentary governance.

As a North-South/South-North and South-South/North-North experiences and expertise sharing platform, it challenges the relationship between alimentation and urbanization, which are fundamental issues of our society.

IUFN provides policy makers with insights based on a state of the art international academic research and a critical analysis of the innovative solutions identified on the field. More:

International Water Association

The International Water Association is a global reference point and network of water professionals, spanning research and practice and covering all facets of the water cycle. Through its network of members, partners and experts in research, practice, regulation, industry, consulting and manufacturing, IWA is in a better position than any other organisation to create innovative, pragmatic and sustainable solution to current and future global water challenges.


Metropolis, World Association of the Major Metropolises, is the leading international organization that gathers cities and metropolitan regions with more than a million inhabitants.

Created in 1985, the Metropolis Association is represented by more than 120 members from across the world and operates as an international forum for exploring issues and concerns common to all big cities and metropolitan regions. Metropolis also manages the Metropolitan Section of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).  


The Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development - nrg4SD - is a global association that represents regional governments in the international agendas on climate change, biodiversity and sustainable development. Established in 2002, today it has over 50 members from 26 countries in 4 continents. The nrg4SD serves as the voice of regional governments at UN negotiations, EU initiatives and global discussions. The facilitates cooperation projects and partnerships between members and with international experts. It promotes expertise exchange, capacity building and knowledge transfer to assist in the implementation of international commitments. Advocates for recognition and supports further engagement of regional governments in the global agendas. In the field of climate change, the nrg4SD runs the RegionsAdapt initiative, which aims to inspire and support regional governments to take concrete action, collaborate and report on climate adaptation.

Visit for more information on nrg4SD.

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) addresses crucial scientific questions in the fields of global change, climate impacts and sustainable development.

Researchers from the natural and social sciences work together to generate interdisciplinary insights and to provide society with sound information for decision making. The main methodologies are systems and scenarios analysis, modelling, computer simulation, and data integration.

For more information about the PIK, please visit its website.


Plantagon International is active in the sector urban agriculture and is a global market leader in vertical farming. Plantagon's vertical greenhouse minimizes the need for energy, water and pesticides. The negative environmental impact of the greenhouses is very low, and since the products are delivered directly to consumers in the city, the transportation costs are also minimized. The concept is simple and appealing: fresh organic vegetables delivered daily directly to consumers. No middle hands, no yesterday's food.

The Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership

The Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP) is a market catalyst for clean energy in developing countries and emerging markets. In this role, it acts as a funder, information provider, and connector for up-scaling clean energy business models. To date, REEEP has supported more than 180 clean energy projects in 58 countries – often as a risk-taking cornerstone investor - disbursing €18.6 million and leveraging an additional €36.3 million in co-funding.  REEEP also operates, the leading clean energy information portal which currently attracts 220,000 users per month.

The Rockefeller Foundation

The Rockefeller Foundation supports work that expands access to opportunity and strengthens resilience to social, economic, health and environmental challenges - affirming its pioneering philanthropic mission since 1913 to promote the well-being of humanity.

The Rockefeller Foundation’s Developing Climate Change Resilience Initiative aims to catalyze attention, funding and action to promote resilience to climate change on several levels.


The RUAF Foundation

RUAF is a leading centre of expertise and Global Partnership on sustainable Urban Agriculture and City Region Food Systems. The Partnership is formed by a mix of cities, research institutes and NGOs.  RUAF seeks to contribute to the development of sustai­nable cities by facilitating awareness raising, knowledge generation and dissemination, capacity development, policy design and action planning for resilient and equi­table urban agriculture and city region food systems.  For more than 20 years, RUAF has supported governments, urban producer organisations, NGOs, CBOs, research centres and other stakeholders with training, technical assistance, action-research and policy advice in over 50 cities around the world. In addition, we sup­port local, national and international knowledge exchan­ge, advocacy and learning activities. For more information, visit


System for Analysis Research and Training (START) promotes research-driven capacity building to advance knowledge on global environmental change in Africa and Asia-Pacific. The work of START focuses on climate variability and change, disaster risk reduction, land-use/land-cover change, biodiversity conservation, urban development, human health, water resources management, agriculture and food security, and regional climate modeling and climate services. START’s actions target science, as well as the interface of science, policy and practice, and inform actions toward fostering more resilient and adaptable development.


The Energy Resource Institute (TERI) was formally established in 1974 with the purpose of tackling and dealing with the immense and acute problems that mankind is likely to face within in the years ahead on account of the gradual depletion of the earth's finite energy resources which are largely non-renewable and of the existing methods of their use which are polluting. TERI has created an environment that is enabling, dynamic and inspiring for the development of solutions to global problems in the fields of energy, environment and current patterns of development, which are largely unsustainable.

For more information about TERI and its activities, please visit its website.


Centre for Environment Education (CEE) is a national institution engaged in developing programs and material to increase awareness about the environment and sustainable development. CEE was established in 1984 as a Centre of Excellence in Environmental Education, supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India.

CEE's primary objective is to improve public awareness and understanding of the environment with a view to promoting the conservation and sustainable use of nature and natural resources, leading to a better environment and a better quality of life. To this end, CEE develops innovative programmes and educational material, and builds capacity in the field of education for sustainable development (ESD).


The Think.Eat.Save campaign of the Save Food Initiative, is a partnership between UNEP, FAO and Messe Düsseldorf, and in support of the UN Secretary-General’s Zero Hunger Challenge, which seeks to add its authority and voice to these efforts in order to galvanize widespread global, regional and national actions, catalyze more sectors of society to be aware and to act, including through exchange of inspiring ideas and projects between those players already involved and new ones that are likely to come on board. More information at

Resilient Regions Association

The steady flow of people, money, goods, services, energy, and information is fundamental for well-functioning cities. Skilled management is needed to guarantee their unhindered flow. This creates resilient, sustainable and attractive cities and regions.

Resilient Regions Association offers a neutral arena where the business sector, academia, municipalities and government agencies meet to solve regional challenges.  Together we develop new solutions, new knowledge, new techniques and "best practice" to build a more resilient society with robust functions and flows – a society with the ability to quickly overcome and recover from stresses. 

For more information about Resilient Regions Association and its activities, please visit


The Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) is a consortium of over 550 individuals dedicated to the analysis of climate change mitigation and adaptation from an urban perspective. UCCRN members are scholars and experts from universities and research organizations. They span a broad range of expertise including climate scientists; urban heat island and air quality experts; climate change impact scientists; social scientists, including political scientists, planners, and economists; and urban designers and planners. 

Urban Age Institute

Urban Age Institute works to foster leadership and innovation between and among cities in areas of strategic urban planning, urban policy, public sector management, sustainable environmental planning, and poverty reduction through its blog, annual Magazine, year-round programming, and thought leadership network and summit Meeting of the Minds. 

For general information about Urban Age, please visit its website.



Welthungerhilfe is one of Germany's largest non-governmental aid organisations. Our vision is a world without hunger and poverty. Founded in 1962 within the FAO 'Freedom from Hunger Campaign' we are focussing our support on food and nutrition security worldwide. To achieve this we engage in self-help oriented long-term development work, in rapid response to emergency situations as well as in supporting reconstruction and disaster prevention measures. Furthermore, we seek to address the root causes of poverty through development education and advocacy work in Germany. For more information about Welthungerhilfe, please visit its website website.

World Resources Institute

The World Resources Institute (WRI) is a non-governmental global research organization which seeks to create equity and prosperity through sustainable natural resource management. WRI is an independent, non-partisan and nonprofit organization with a global staff of more than 450 scientists, economists, policy experts, business analysts, statistical analysts, mapmakers, and communicators developing and promoting policies with the intention of protecting the Earth and improving people’s lives. The efforts of the WRI are focused on six key areas—climate, clean energy, food, forests, water, and sustainable cities. For more information please go to