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Updates from ICLEI's Global Sustainability Network
Edition #33 March 2016

 

James Nxumalo
Mayor, eThekwini Municipality/Durban, South Africa

Dear ICLEI Friends and Colleagues,

Each year, an increasing number of countries are impacted by climate change. Last month, Cyclone Winston killed at least 29 people in Fiji, while 2015 saw destructive flooding in India, Malawi and Mozambique, along with severe drought in Ethiopia.

Cities must increase resilience to these kinds of shocks by incorporating resilience into all aspects of planning. This means, for example, addressing the fact that almost all natural disasters damage informal settlements most heavily, destroying not just homes and livelihoods but social cohesion and economic prosperity.

We must also ensure that economic development in our cities does not come at the expense of resilience – in all of its forms. This might mean tackling financial inequality or regulating the development of housing and office space to ensure adequate buffer zones or green areas.

On 22 April, national governments must sign the Paris Agreement from COP21 last December, in which cities were acknowledged as key stakeholders in the global climate regime. With this increased support from nations, cities must now accelerate implementation of climate change adaptation as well as mitigation measures.

The opportunities and barriers to implementing integrated resilience will be discussed and debated at Resilient Cities 2016, ICLEI’s annual global forum on urban resilience and adaptation. Taking place from 6-8 July in Bonn, Germany, Resilient Cities 2016 will have a particular focus on inclusion, finance and global processes, while covering a wide range of themes during three days of presentations and workshops.

I encourage local and subnational governments, academics, students, technical advisors, engineers, risk managers, adaptation experts and anyone with a strong interest in urban resilience to join ICLEI at Resilient Cities 2016.

With kind regards,

James Nxumalo
Mayor, eThekwini Municipality/Durban; ICLEI First Vice President and Co-Chair of Resilient City Strategies; Co-Patron Resilient Cities 2016

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