Enhanced Resilience of the built environment and infrastructure

Hall 4, Room D
Partner (s)
100 Resilient Cities
Medellin Collaboration for Urban Resilience

Urbanization is an unstoppable force but all too often the value chain that drives sustainable urbanization functions poorly. As the risks faced by cities grow, compromised urban value chains result in further inequality and exclusion. 

Urban resilience plays a key role in mitigating these outcomes and strengthening the urban value chain by building more resilient cities which saves lives, resources, and the environment at the local level. In 2019 devastating natural disasters were witnessed in many places around the world including Mozambique, California, and the Caribbean, and continued efforts by Japan, USA and Vietnam to recover from past disasters.

Thousands of incidents from floods, earthquakes, pandemics, and landslides occur every month, pushing an estimated 26 million people into poverty each year (World Bank). While these events are taking place with greater frequency and more devastating impact, they represent only the tip of the iceberg.

Building urban resilience takes multiple forms but must always target a better quality of life for those in vulnerable situations. A resilient city assesses, plans and acts to prepare for and respond to all hazards, both the sudden and those with slow-onset. By doing so, resilient cities are better able to protect and enhance people’s lives, secure development gains, foster an investible environment, and drive positive change.

A successful urban resilience agenda requires partnerships between all key international actors and the engagement of principal city players to develop and implement a shared vision. This enables cities to harness transformational change and improve the lives of their inhabitants. However, cities lack the capacity to operationalize these and fully harness change. Supporting local governments to build resilience boosts sustainable urban development.

This session will highlight examples of resilience strategies and innovative urban resilience tools such as UN-Habitat’s City Resilience Profiling Tool and CityRap. It will provide a platform for fostering global partnerships and innovative financial platforms.

  • Support local governments to build resilience
  • Promote innovative financing mechanisms for cities
  • Promote innovative tools for participatory resilience planning
  • Strengthen global partnerships on urban resilience.
  • Promote national, regional and local policies on urban resilience.
  • Explore different ways of thinking about the implementation of the New Urban Agenda with an urban resilience approach to support achievement of SDG target 11.
Guiding Questions
  1. How can the New Urban Agenda be implemented with a focus on integrated urban resilience?
  2. What can the international community support cities build the resilience required to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals?  

Session Speakers