C40 Partners with UN-Habitat on Urban Resilience to Enhance City Climate Actions

A group of the world’s leading urban resilience organisations today announced a partnership at the World Urban Forum to combine their global efforts to accelerate city actions and further their leadership on climate change efforts.

The list of signatories to the “Global Collaboration for Urban Resilience” are: C40; the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat); the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR); The World Bank Group; Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery; the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB); The Rockefeller Foundation; 100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation; and ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.

Collectively, these organisations already work in over 2,000 cities globally, with over $2 billion USD committed annually toward advancing resilient urban development. They have joined forces with the goal of facilitating the flow of knowledge and financial resources necessary to help cities become more resilient to disruptions related to climate change, disasters caused by natural hazards, and other systemic shocks.

As stated in the announcement: “There is growing understanding of the central role that cities play as contributors to global social, environmental, and economic progress, and the need to move beyond conventional approaches to disaster and climate mitigation and prevention towards a forward-looking, holistic approach to resilience in the context of this new urban era.”

C40 Chair and Mayor of Rio de Janeiro Eduardo Paes stated:

"As the Chair of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group I believe that climate resilience is a critical issue. 98% of C40 cities report that climate change poses a significant risk to their city. C40 is committed to helping cities increase their climate resiliency through effective climate change adaptation and mitigation actions. We are pleased to be participating in this collaboration, which will improve alignment amongst approaches to city resilience, maximising the impact of resources and allowing sharing of successes. This will improve the capacity of cities world-wide to thrive in a changing climate."

The World Urban Forum – where the agreement was signed – is a biennial event sponsored by UN-Habitat, and this year took place in Medellín, Colombia from 5-11 April.

To read the full press release about the partnership click here.