Resilient Cities Newsletter
- Special Congress Edition
12 April 2018
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!  

Resilient Cities 2018 a Cities & Regions Talanoa Dialogue Event

Launched by ICLEI on behalf of the Global Taskforce of Local and Regional Governments at the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on 9 February 2018, the Cities & Regions Talanoa Dialogues aim to support this inclusive process and the raise ambitions of NDCs. 

Resilient Cities 2018 is officially part of the Cities & Regions Talanoa Dialogues, which means participants will have the opportunity to directly contribute to this important multi-stakeholder process and raise a united resilience voice to support multilevel climate governance.

Once again, Resilient Cities 2018 is scheduled back-to-back with the April/May UN Climate talks in Bonn (30 April – 10 May). This year, the “Bonn talks” will be the first opportunity for Parties and non-Party stakeholders to interact and engage in the Talanoa Dialogue and work to address the three main questions:
Where are we? Where do we want to go? How do we get there?

Resilient Cities 2018 participants will have the chance to discuss main urban resilience and climate adaptation challenges, directions, opportunities, gaps and future developments and carry those messages to the “Bonn talks” to positively influence and strengthen the dialogue process. 

Read more on the Talanoa Dialogue at Resilient Cities 2018 here. 
For the full list of events throughout the year, click here.

Program Highlights

We are delighted to present to you the discussion streams and program highlights of this year’s conference. To read up on the details and feature sessions, click below:

Cities and Regions in Focus Sessions

These sessions show how different cities/regions approach similar aspects of resilience and overcome common challenges. The messages come directly for local and sub-national government representatives and participants in these special sessions and interactive workshops have the opportunity to directly engage with them, learn, and give feedback on ongoing resilience plans and actions. 

This year, special “Cities and Regions in Focus” sessions:
  • Building resilience in the face of limited resources: The case of Mozambican coastal cities 
  • Louisiana adaptation: Mitigation to managed retreat
  • Lima, Peru: Local adaptation measures to climate change
  • Participatory citizen engagement in urban resilience
  • A Reality Check Workshop on building resilience in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM): We want to hear your voice! A local government consultation session 

Poster Session

Participants will also have the chance to network with cities, non-governmental organizations, consultancies and researchers that will be presenting their local cases and experiences during the Poster Sessions taking place on the 1st and 2nd day of the congress after lunch in the exhibition area.


Various organizations, research institutions and private sector representatives will showcase their work and innovations at the exhibition space at Resilience Cities 2018. 
Check out the full list of exhibitors here.

Congress Background papers are now available

Adaptation metrics: Perspectives on measuring, aggregating and comparing adaptation results 

Released by:
UNEP DTU Partnership, Copenhagen
(March 2018)

Satellite earth observations in support of the SDGs

Released by:
Committee on Earth Observation Satellites and European Space Agency
(March 2018)

See you in Bonn!

In other News...


Couldn’t make it to this year’s congress? Want to start planning your 2019 travel? 

Because it is never too early to start planning to attend the global discussion on urban resilience – and because this will be a special one for us! – SAVE THE DATE for the Resilient Cities 2019 congress: 
27-29 June 2019 in Bonn, Germany 

2019 will mark our 10th anniversary of the Resilient Cities congress series. See previous editions here. To discuss partnership opportunities for congress sessions, forums, side events, and exhibition please contact us at 

Urban resilience at ICLEI World Congress 2018

Urban resilience is one of the featured, cross-cutting themes of ICLEI World Congress 2018, held 19 -22 June in Montréal, Canada.

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