It’s not surprising that the tenth anniversary of the Resilient Cities Congress in Bonn wrapped with an urgent call for action. At the closing, we heard the grim science from Josef Settele, Co-Chair of the IPBES Global Assessment, on the dire state of nature and ecosystems. Throughout the Congress, we heard how local governments are seeking to be a part of the solution, but that they’re often called upon to act without the resources they really need.
But we also heard about city leaders and practitioners who are making change happen. From Cordoba, Argentina to Alor Gajah, Malaysia, mayors shared their collective challenges and successes in making sustainability a leading priority in their cities. Carl Sander Eck and Sarah Beranek from Fridays For Future Bonn urged leaders to focus their collective power not on PR but on real change.
Kinlay Dorjee, Mayor of Thimphu, Bhutan, left us with these words: When a country of less than a million in the Himalayas is making noise that we need to act, then every youth in every country should stand up and say it is enough. Enough of the pollution and unsustainable development. We should look at human beings. That is what it is all about - take care of our environment and our culture and our people.
That’s a wrap for Resilient Cities 2019! We’ll see you next year in a new #UrbanEra4Life!
#ResilientCities in the Twittersphere
These past three days of the Resilient Cities Congress were overflowing with inspiring messages and innovative ideas that offer hope for the future of our cities. More than that, it was three days of cultural and societal exchange. To keep the spirit of the Congress alive, here are some of the best tweets from the last day of Resilient Cities 2019.
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Resilience Deep Dive
Some of the highlights of Friday’s program
South American visions for nature-based resilience
One of the most urbanized regions in the world, over 80 percent of the population in Latin America lives in cities. Cities throughout the region are focusing on building resilience through improved environmental management, and the integration of biodiversity and nature-based solutions.