Resilient Cities 2018 is officially opening its doors in just two weeks and we are excited to be able to welcome you to Bonn! The 9th edition of the congress series will continue to serve as a platform for knowledge exchange amongst representatives from over 40 local governments, partners, and key stakeholders on how to build urban resilience, strengthen social cohesion and measure and monitor achievements.
The program will feature local examples and case studies documenting good practices and transferable lessons learned; relevant tools, recent research and evidence base to support resilience planning; and consultation with national and international partners on new resilience directions.
The Opening Plenary
(26 April at 10:00) will consider where we are in the international processes and the local realities. And, it will set the tone for congress discussions and attempt to answer: What lies ahead for cities and human settlements seeking to pursue more resilient development pathways?
The discussion will be led by experts and leaders in their fields, such as our esteemed Co-Patron Patricia Espinosa as well as local and sub-national government representatives. Read more about our plenary speakers here.
A special sub-plenary
discussion (27 April at 09:00) will zoom in on how nature-based solutions can address the complexity of urban resilience (and its financing) by providing multiple benefits and integrated solutions that make sense for local and subnational governments.
The Outlook Plenary
(28 April at 14:00) will discuss measuring progress, enhancing action and anticipating future urban resilience challenges. The review of SDG11 at the High-Level Political Forum in July will be in focus and a special feature presentation by a municipal expert on autonomous driving and urban resilience will provide participants with food for thought.
In-between the (sub-)plenary discussions, participants can choose from a rich and diverse three-day program with over 37 sessions and a special “Resilience Innovators Hour
” where private sector representatives introduce their latest solutions to support urban resilience. Read on below on select sessions and tracks and have a look at our updated online program
for more comprehensive information in order to plan your participation!