10 years of Resilient Cities

The heat is on for #ResilientCities, but resilient cities don’t let the heat get to them.

We opened the 2019 Resilient Cities Congress in Bonn, Germany, with a record-setting heatwave, and plenty of references to the extreme temperatures.

But heat like this isn’t something to joke about. ICLEI’s Secretary General Gino Van Begin opened the Congress by saying, Climate change is a global problem with highly localized consequences. The long term warming trend continues and has not yet peaked. It has become painfully clear that risks and hazards are not a distant threat but a present reality.

Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat, told the crowd (the largest ever in Resilient Cities' ten-year history) by video, This year, I was in Mozambique after Cyclone Idai, and witnessed first-hand what extreme weather events can do to coastal settlements and regions. We need to ensure vulnerable urban and rural communities have better housing and climate resilient infrastructure.

Day 1 is in the bag! We’ll see you back at the Congress and on Twitter for Day 2. Until then, stay cool!

#ResilientCities in the Twittersphere

Never underestimate the power of the 280-character tweet, where we get to see throughout the Congress the ideas and people who are inspiring the most conversation and exchange. In this year’s 10th anniversary of the Resilient Cities Congress, Twitter gives us the greater panorama on resilience, climate change, and global warming.

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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 Wednesday’s program

How design thinking and landscape architecture can help cities regain their resilience

Environmental hazards such as flooding, heat waves and droughts are increasingly common challenges for cities around the globe. As these issues demand on-going adaptation and innovation, local governments have turned to design thinking - a people-centered approach for building products and services - for solutions.

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Coming up tomorrow

Featured speakers

David Jackson

Director, Local Development Finance
United Nations Capital Development Fund

Benni Thiebes

Secretary General
German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV)
Featured sessions: Day 2

11:00 - 12:30 | Room S30-32

D2 - Finance Forum: High level session

Despite significant strides having been made in the last few years, the availability and accessibility of funds to tackle climate change remains limited. Yet the political will to act is there. How can we break through this financial glass ceiling?
Full Session Description [PDF]

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

E2 - Plant-forward food systems: Creating resilient and healthy food systems through local leadership

Get a compelling case for why cities should shift their policies to support plant-forward food systems, with examples of different food policy solutions already being utilized in a diverse range of cities. Full Session Description [PDF]

15:30 - 18:00 | Room S30-32

F2 - Peer Exchange Session of the Global Platform for Sustainable Cities

This session brings together city representatives and financial experts to share experience on how to access climate finance. Subnational governments often still struggle to get financing for low-to-no emission, climate resilient development, so this peer-to-peer exchange will zero in on what approaches have worked well and why.
Full Session Description [PDF]



Resilient Cities 2019

The 10th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation
Delivering Local Resilience

26 - 28 June 2019
Bonn, Germany
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ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
Kaiser Friedrich Str. 7
Bonn 53113

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