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Resilient Cities July Update

“As you gather in Bonn, the need for climate resilience becomes ever more urgent. We need to ensure vulnerable urban and rural communities have better housing and climate resilient infrastructure.” 

Maimunah Mohd Sharif,
Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme
10 Years of ICLEI Resilient Cities
It‘s 2009. The world has failed to reach a meaningful international climate agreement at COP15 in Copenhagen. Cities and regions are already feeling the significant effects of the changing climate. There is no sure path forward, but the need for local action on resilience is clear. So ICLEI launches the Resilience Cities Congress, bringing together resilience and local governments on a world stage for the first time. This is the story of the last ten years.
Congress Summary
The 10th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation gathered about 560 participants from over 60 countries attending 40+ sessions and 5 site visits, making the Congress an exceptional platform for learning, sharing ideas, and creating solutions. This year, we also presented the ICLEI CiBiX format, which brought together private and public sector representatives to discuss unique city resilience challenges and innovative solutions.

To learn more about the summary and outcomes of Resilient Cities 2019 Congress:
  • Please view congress presentations in the program overview on our website;
  • See our daily digests for 26 June, 27 June and 28 June;
  • Check out our Photo Gallery for 26 June, 27 June and 28 June, and download the pictures for free (please attribute rights to ICLEI). Contact if you would like to use any of these or other pictures for your work.
Insights on Resilient Cities

“Building more resilient cities means nothing less than investing in our future”

Martin Frick, Senior Director, UN Climate Change

Resilient Cities 2019 by Numbers
We are happy to report that Resilient Cities Congress participation was once again gender balanced, and that numbers of participants from East Asia (13,31%) and Latin America (9,53%) increased. To get more details on cities and regions represented at the congress, please visit our website.
Global Report on Urban Resilience: Call for Case Studies
Have you taken actions to make your city resilient against shocks and stresses? Launched initiatives to protect city inhabitants from hazards? Overcome climate and/or non-climate related challenges and identified innovative ways to foster resilient development in your city?

We are looking for cases of city-led action to feature in a Global Report on urban resilience that will highlight trends, progress made, remaining challenges and new opportunities for achieving climate resilience at the local level. The deadline to submit your story is 23 September 2019.

You can respond in English, French and Spanish. For further information, please contact

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European Urban Resilience Forum

Due to the success of the last years and the increasing relevance of the annual event, the organizers decided to create a stronger link between the title and the topic of the conference and rename the event European Urban Resilience Forum. The 2019 edition was build around three topical streams:
  • nature-based solutions for urban resilience; 
  • multi-level governance for adaptation planning; 
  • and financing resilience and adaptation.
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