Leveraging Local Resilience - MCR 2030
26 November 2021
EFDRR Virtual Platform
As the world has become more urban, disasters increasingly impact urban areas and further stress inherent socio-economic inequalities, substandard physical structures, disappearing ecosystems, and inefficient institutional systems.
Local and regional governments play a central role in DRR and resilience building, as the main responsible body for the provision of basic services, coordination of daily functions, and provision of information and regulation. In addition, they are at the forefront of building resilient communities and are leading actors during preparedness, recovery and reconstruction processes.
In particular, the current COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated the decisive, potentially agile role of urban areas in the battle for a just and green recovery. Cities offer unique opportunities to respond, recover and build long-term resilience.
A successful urban resilience agenda requires partnerships between all key international actors, as well as the engagement with principal city players. Inclusive cooperation is needed in order to build upon a shared resilient vision. By engaging all stakeholders in resilience efforts, cities have the ability to harness transformational change and improve the lives of their inhabitants.
In addition, enhancing city-to-city collaborations and peer-to-peer support is key to achieving successful resilience journeys. Resilience Hubs have a critical role in supporting other cities in knowledge sharing, capacity building and creating learning opportunities.
This partnership, collaboration and peer learning and support are at the core of Making Cities Resilient 2030. This session will address the challenges and solutions cities have to achieve the targets set by Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Developments Goals, aiming at bringing light to how cities and organizations can work together to promote resilience.
Ms. Luisa Salgueiro
Mayor of Matosinhos, Portugal
Mr. Luis Carvalho
Coordinator of Civil Protection, Municipality of Amadora, Portugal
Ms. Zenada Causevic
Head of the Operations Center, Cantonal Administration for Civil Protection of the Central Bosnia Canton, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Ms. Ares Gabas
Head of the Urban Resilience Department, Barcelona City Council, Spain
Ms. Priscilla Negreiros
Manager, Urban Climate Finance at Climate Policy Initiative, United Kingdom
Mr. Amirkhon Kurbonzod
Representative of City of Dushanbe, Tajikistan
Mr. Wolfgang Teubner
Regional Director for Europe, ICLEI