Highlights from Day 2

Day 2 of #ResilientCities focused on finance and food. Participants dug into the nuts and bolts of unlocking access to finance, and the Finance Forum wrapped up with a Transformative Actions Program - TAP - marketplace that paired financing institutions with bankable climate projects. Real dollars are coming into the pipeline as new finance partners were announced at the Congress.

From a reality check on resilient food systems in Denver and Baltimore (read more below!) to a deep-dive workshop on plant-forward food policy, cities shared how they’re rethinking food for their residents.

Cities gave input to the second round of UNDRR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign through a consultation session and attendees also went out into the world to see resilient solutions in action. We’re looking forward to the full report.

That’s all for Day 2! Tomorrow, you can join #ResilientCities from wherever you are through our livestream session on engaging with the insurance industry.

#ResilientCities in the Twittersphere

Today’s congress attendees, armed with laptops, tablets and smartphones, look different than the Resilient Cities attendees of the last 10 years. They’re no longer sitting quietly taking notes during presentations. They are using new tools to connect the conversations around resilience with others in and outside the room.

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Here’s what people are talking about:

If you can’t join us in person, follow along: #ResilientCities

Resilience Deep Dive

Some of the highlights of Thursday’s program

From rubbish to resource: Building resilient urban food systems

With roughly 80 percent of the US population living in urban areas, American cities are at the frontlines of tackling food waste as well as food insecurity. The National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is working with cities to increase the efficiency of urban food systems in order to avoid waste and support equity.

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Bonn and ICLEI Launch the UrbanEra4Life (PDF press release)

UNCDF and ICLEI launch strategic partnership to advance financing for local climate action projects (PDF press release)

Coming up tomorrow

Featured speakers

Martina Otto

Head of Cities Unit
UN Environment
Session I4

Fernando Puntigliano

Environment Minister
Municipality of Montevideo
Session I5
Featured sessions: Day 3


09.00 – 10.30 CEST | Room S30-32

H2 - Resilience, Sustainability and Cities: How city managers can engage with the insurance industry effectively?

How can the insurance industry and cities successfully collaborate to reduce vulnerability and promote sustainability? In this session, we’ll discuss how to build an inclusive conversation to jointly develop a roadmap for boosting the implementation of Integrated Climate Risk Management frameworks in different urban contexts. Attendees will also learn about the Insurance Industry Development Goals for Cities. Practitioners from around the world will join live to participate and ask questions.

Full Session Description [PDF]

11:00 - 12:30 | Room S34-35

I5 - South America shared vision for a long-term resilience based in nature

As one of the most urbanized continents in the world, resilience building in South America faces common challenges across the region, such as intensified population growth, shelter precariousness and environmental degradation. How can cities strengthen environmental management, integrate biodiversity and promote nature-based solutions as a way to build long term resilience in the South American context?

Full Session Description [PDF]

13:30 - 15:00 | Room S25-26

J2 - EcoLogistics: Freight transport in urban resilience

Goods transported by road have consumed around 50% of all diesel fuel and accounts for 80% of the global net increase in diesel use since 2000. Projections see road freight activity at least double by 2050, offsetting efficiency gains and increasing road freight CO2 emissions. Tackling problems on urban freight has multiple benefits including health, safety, time saving, economic growth, and low emissions. This session will explore the challenges in urban freight from social, economic, technological, and institutional perspectives, and cover measures and practices from leading cities and industry representatives.

Full Session Description [PDF]

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