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100 Resilient Cities

A practical guide for new actors hoping to learn how they too can participate in this global movement to make cities more forward-looking, inclusive, integrated, and risk-aware.

Global pressures affect individuals and systems at a local level and on a day-today basis more than ever.  The demands, expectations, and urgencies from city residents mean that mayors and city leaders do not have the luxury to wait for others to bestow on them solutions to the daily problems their residents face while presidents and prime ministers slowly navigate national and international politics to reach consensus on solutions. It means that local leaders are defining their own trajectories and making investments that will provide tangible benefits.

As cities represent an unparalleled opportunity for leveraging innovation and creative planning to combat global challenges and make meaningful improvements in the lives of billions of people, the visions they have for their futures – their decisions on what to build, how to build it, who to build it for, and what to prioritize politically – will reverberate globally.

This report emphasizes the importance of urban resilience and the reader can reflect on this meaningful quote: “Born from the exigencies of three converging trends – climate change, urbanization, and globalization – urban resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what chronic stress and acute shocks they experience. An urban resilience agenda understands that by strengthening a city’s underlying fabric and deepening its understanding of the risks that threaten its stability, a city can improve its overall trajectory and the well-being of its citizens, allowing it to prosper in the face of challenges both expected and as yet unimagined.”

Asking cities to look holistically at their capacities and their risks in order to build a new resilience thinking is not easy work as it implies to break silos, contracting the current approach to urban governance. Planning for a resilient future entails tackling challenges and creating solutions in an integrated, inclusive, risk-aware, and forward-looking manner. 

According to this report, here are four ways to build urban resilience within a city:

  • Creating resilience champions; 
  • Changing the ways cities plan and take action;
  • Finding Funding and Financing for Resilience;
  • Leveraging Partnerships and Working at Scale.


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