PR 1.3 City resilience strategies – to support safe, inclusive and smart development

 Wednesday 11 May, 13.30 – 15.15, Diamond Room I

As cities grow and develop at a fast rate, they also increase exposure of their assets to the impacts of disasters snowballing at an alarming rate, thus planning for resilience and disaster risk reduction needs to be a priority for cities. To address these challenges, local governments need to integrate disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in their development plans. The practice session aims to discuss and evaluate the process of developing robust resilience plans based on current and potential future risks. Case studies

Organised by Gubic Milos, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Switzerland
Partners The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS), Denmark
The Ecological Sequestration Trust (TEST), United Kingdom
Institute for Water Education (UNESCO-IHE), the Netherlands
Chair Jerry Velasquez, UNISDR, Switzerland
Rapporteur Abhilash Panda, UNISDR, Switzerland

City resilience plan: The framework
UNISDR, Switzerland

Cases from the cities
City officials, UNOPS, Denmark

Financing Disaster Risk Reduction & resilience plans
The Ecological Sequestration Trust (TEST), United Kingdom

City-to-city learning, a catalyst for the implementation of the plans
William Veerbeek, UNESCO-IHE, the Netherlands