12th - 16th November

From 12th to 16th of November, Barcelona will be the core of the Resilience global discussion. The Barcelona Resilience Week is a common space for all partners and stakeholders with a strong component on how to bring awareness and knowledge to Action.

Taking account of other events happening in Barcelona that same week (Smart City Expo World Congress, C40 Regional Meeting, etc.), the Barcelona Resilience Week will convene all activities and initiatives that build toward more resilient cities, with the aim of strengthening both development and humanitarian agendas.

The Barcelona Resilience Week pretends to gather the principle international actors, together with city representatives, to bring answers to implementing urban challenges.


Climate Action

From altered weather patterns to rising sea levels and more extreme meteorological events, the bearings of climate change impact on people’s wellbeing and livelihoods. In a rapidly urbanizing world, the World Cities Day 2018 is promoting effective climate action in our cities and recognizes that sustainable and resilient urban development cannot be achieved or sustained without mitigation and adaptation measures.


Upgrading from Informality

The number of people at risk is increasing significantly with rapid urbanization inducing uncontrolled and densely populated informal settlements in hazard-prone areas. Unplanned cities are however more vulnerable to shock as they often have pre-existing stresses. In cities that are not prepared for or able to recover from shocks, stresses on the system can accumulate or magnify other challenges. Local capacities are overwhelmed with such rapid population influx.


Social Resilience

Building urban resilience takes multiple forms, but must seek the betterment of people, specifically those in vulnerable situations. Poor people are exposed to hazards more often, lose a greater share of their wealth when hit, have limited safety nets, and receive less institutional support. The impact is often felt most by the poorest of the poor and especially by women, girls, and the elders.


Governance and Decentralization

The analysis of decentralization in terms of local governments responsibilities, planning and financial capacity is key for building city resilience.

Local governments have a particular role in urban resilience as they are in charge of a variety of processes related to the functioning of the city as well as the first line of response in any crisis situation.


Humanitarian Urban Crises

Resilience also lies at the core of the humanitarian-development nexus, bridging two often disparate agendas. Ingraining resilience can reduce risks by increasing capacities and addressing vulnerabilities can decrease fragility and mitigate impacts, hereby enhancing effective and forward-thinking response.


Practical Information

Barcelona Airport

The main airport for Barcelona is Barcelona El-Prat. Most major airlines operate to and from Barcelona. From the airport you can take a taxi to the city centre (30 – 40 EUR) or the Aerobus (5,90 EUR). The journey takes 20-35 minutes depending on the time of day and traffic conditions.


There are many hotels in Barcelona however room prices can vary and availability can be a limited during major international events.


The events on Sunday and Monday will take place at the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site (Recinte Modernista de Sant Pau). The closes metro is Sant Pau Dos de Maig (line 5) or Sagrada Familia (line 2 and 5).

Address:167 Carrer Sant Antoni Maria Claret, 08025.

Sant Pau is the world’s largest Art Nouveau Site and one of the outstanding landmarks of Barcelona’s heritage and culture. Conceived by its architect Lluís Domènech i Montaner as a city within the city, a hospital made up of widelyspaced pavilions, it was declared a Historic Artistic Monument in 1978, and recognised as a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1997. Today the Art Nouveau Site is home to leading institutions in the fields of sustainability, health and education, and The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UNHABITAT) has set up the international headquarters of its City Resilience Profiling Programme in the Sant Leopold Pavilion.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, the venue will be the Smart City Expo World Congress held at the Fira Gran Via. You can travel there by metro (line 9) until Fira or Europa/Fira stations. Find our more about the Smart City Expo World Congress.

Address:Fira Gran Via, Av. Joan Carles I, 64, 08908 L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona

The metro operates daily between 5 am and midnight and an uninterrupted service is available at weekends.


Barcelona is a popular tourist destination with many attractions however for three basic meals per day with two trips on the metro, you should account for 50 EUR per day.


Participation in the Barcelona Resilience Days is free however, unless otherwise stated, sponsorship is not available. This means participants must cover their travel, accommodation and daily expenses for the duration of the event.

You can register Here


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