SP 1.2 Resilient cities connect: helping local implementation of the Sendai frame work for disaster risk reduction

 Wednesday 11 May, 15.45 – 17.30, Mees Auditorium

Many local governments aim to increase resilience of residents and businesses, but have trouble finding good data, the right partners, technical expertise and enough funding. The Resilient Cities Connect (RCC) platform matches demand and supply for products and services on Disaster Risk Reduction. The session aims to launch and improve the RCC platform to support local governments (>3000 members). Examples of how the platform works will be given in three presentations by: a local government; a non-commercial organisation; and a group of private partners. Subsequently, small groups will discuss goals and needs of local governments and the possibilities, mechanisms and benefits of the platform.

Organised by Sebastiaan van Herk, Bax & Willems, Spain
Partners UNESCO-IHE, the Netherlands
UNISDR, Switzerland
European Commission
Chair Chris Zevenbergen, UNESCO-IHE, the Netherlands
Rapporteur William Veerbeek, INESCO-IHE and Carolina Hollmann, Bax & Willems

The need for Resilient Cities Connect Platform
Henk Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs for the Kingdom of the Netherlands 

Launch of the Resilient Cities Connect Platform
Robert Glasser, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction

 About the Platform
Jerry Velasquez, Chief Advocacy and Outreach, UNISDR

 Perspective from a commercial  solution providers
Naohiro Nishiguchi, President Japan Bosai Platform, Executive Managing Director Japan Innovation Network, Japan

 Perspective from a non-commercial development partner: city to city learning
Berry Gersonius, UNESCO-IHE, the Netherlands


City: Giacomo Parenti , Director-General Commune of Florence, Italy
Donor: Norio Saito, Principal Urban Development Specialist Asian Development Bank, Philipiines
Private: Koen Olthuis, Founder Dutch Docklands, the Netherlands