27 April 2014, Medellin, Colombia. By 2030, 60% of the world‘s population will live in cities. Improving the cities’ resilience to climate change is thus a critical issue. In order to facilitate knowledge sharing and capacitiy development in that field, the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT) and eight partners launched the Medellín Collaboration on Urban Resilience. The partners include the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), the World Bank, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR), the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the Rockefeller Foundation, 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group. The collaboration was launched during the seventh World Urban Forum in Medellin, Colombia.
The Collaboration's objectives include: harmonizing approaches and tools to help cities assess their exposure, vulnerability and strengths as well as supporting capacity development, including sharing of best practices, in addtion to catalyzing access to finance mechanisms and forging alliances with urban networks, institutions and the private sector.
“This collaboration will ensure that cities have access to the most powerful financial and technical tools to deal with shocks and stresses,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation. Margareta Wahlström, UN Special Representative for Disaster Risk Reduction, noted increasing support for urban resilience in recent years, and said “this new collaboration represents a consolidation of those efforts as we prepare for an explosion of urbanization in the 21st century, when more urban space will be created than at any time in history.”
The collaboration also will work to mobilize support for: addressing urban resilience in the post-2015 development agenda; a new universal climate change framework; a new global agreement on disaster risk reduction (DRR) to succeed the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA); and the Third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development (Habitat III).
More information on the subject can be found on the following website: http://unhabitat.org/new-global-collaboration-for-urban-resilience-announced-at-wuf7/