Barcelona, 21 November 2019 – Leading up to the World Urban Forum 10 (WUF10), UN-Habitat participated and engaged with key stakeholders from the smart city ecosystem at the Smart City Congress 2019 in Barcelona, Spain (19-21 November).
At the event, UN-Habitat engaged with citizens through discussion around the key components behind World Cities Day: trends in global urbanisation, and the importance of cooperation among countries in meeting opportunities and addressing challenges of urbanisation and contributing to sustainable urban development around the world.
Located in the Rio de la Plata basin, the city
of Asunción is a thriving economic capital, but one that is highly prone to flooding
and water contamination. Just this May, heavy rain forced 50,000 people from their homes, and seriously
compromised and impacted the city´s functionality.
Purpose of Call for Expression of Interest: The overall objective of this CFP is to find the strongest partner organization to support UN-Habitat in raising awareness for resilience action led by local and regional governments and to increase the number of local resilience strategies. The City Resilience Profiling Tool (CRPT) developed by UN-Habitat shall function as the enabling methodology for this objective and guide local governments to better deal with current and future stresses and shocks. Furthermore, the collaborative initiative can form part of and contribute to the Sendai Framework.
Purpose of Call for Expression of Interest: To find the strongest partner organization that will substantively support UN-Habitat to create and publish the world’s premier report on urban resilience. The process will identify and engage an organization that can provide knowledge, case studies and data relevant to the topic of urban resilience. This report will build on the Trends in Urban Resilience 2017 flagship report and other relevant global urban resilience reports to boost discussions, understands and practice on the topic hereby supporting the achievement of the vision for resilient cities set out in the Agenda 2030.
The week-long event, composed of 6 dialogues and numerous workshops, sessions and networking events, brought together over 500 participants to develop and foster new working partnerships and collectively face the resilience challenges of our time.
On Saturday 27th October, from 10 to 14h, UN-Habitat and Barcelona City Council will celebrate World Cities Day in the super block of Sant Antoni market, offering a variety of activities for the whole family.
Advancing knowledge and inciting action in urban resilience
Building on the success of previous editions of Barcelona Resilience Week (2015 & 2016) that fostered dialogue between technical and political representatives, the 2018 edition will push forward action to achieve the vision for sustainable and resilient cities set out in the 2030 Agenda.
UN-Habitat’s focal point for implementing the City Resilience Profile Tool in Dakar – Amadou Lamine Cissé – participated in the regional conference “Climate Change and Resilience: Lessons from West Africa” which took place from the 10thto the 12thSeptember 2018 in Dakar, Senegal.
Barcelona City Council continues to take innovative steps to increase its urban resilience, this time through a multi-partner workshop on its forthcoming resilience strategy with participation from international organizations, including UN-Habitat.
Last week the UN-Habitat’s Barcelona office received a delegation from Yakutsk City Council with the objective of reinforcing the ongoing collaboration between the City Resilience Profiling Programme and the far east Russian city.
From the 1st to the 3rd of May, the 2018 Integration Segment of ECOSOC was held in New York under the theme “Innovative communities: leveraging technology and innovation to build sustainable and resilient societies”. There, several stakeholders analysed pathways to build resilience and discussed the importance of engaging different actors from the international arena in doing so.
The Resilient Cities Congress, held in Bonn, Germany, and convened by ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability – brought together local government representatives, academia, civil society, journalists and international organizations to advance the resilience agenda and forge synergies for action.
From the 16th to 20th April, UN-Habitat’s Barcelona office welcomed the focal points from the four pilot cities implementing the City Resilience Profiling Tool under the Making Cities Sustainable and Resilience Action, financed by the European Commission DEVCO.
Tell us how your work is increasing resilience and supporting disaster risk reduction initiatives?
YAKKUM Emergency Unit is a unit of the YAKKUM’s (Christian Foundation for Public Health), established in 2001 and based in Yogyakarta. The mandate is to provide emergency responses and promote initiatives to address disaster risk reduction as well as the impact of climate change. We’ve been working with more than 350 community-based organizations across Indonesia including 49 women’s groups and 6 intergenerational groups. We’re not only working on how to build disaster preparedness within the community, but also showcasing that their resilience practices can bring positive impacts in economic and social aspects. (more…)
The fruit of one year of research and a growing demand to track global trends, UN-Habitat’s flagship publication, Trends in Urban Resilience will be the feature of a dedicated session during the World Urban Forum 9 in Kuala Lumpur.
Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UN-Habitat’s City Resilience Profiling Programme for the implementation of the City Resilience Profiling Tool.
His excellency Presidente do Conselho Municipal de Maputo highlighted in his opening address, “Urban resilience must create conditions so that no event of natural or human made origin negatively affects Maputo’s residents, including their basic services. Urban resilience allows nothing to compromise the normal functioning of our city and make everyone feel secure in it”.
A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed between UN-Habitat and Displacement Solutions, an organisation working on rights-based land solutions to climate displacement, outlining a framework for collaboration between the two organisations; globally, regionally, nationally, and at city-level.
In the framework of the joint initiative between the European Commission, UNISDR and UN-Habitat, ‘Making Cities More Sustainable and Resilient’, UN-Habitat has initiated a series of training sessions for technicians from the cities of Asunción (Paraguay) and Maputo (Mozambique).
Asunción and Maputo are two of the pilot cities already implementing UN-Habitat’s City Resilience Profiling Tool, with Port Vila and Dakar set to receive the training in the future as part of the Tool’s implementation.
Under the theme, Empower Cities, Empower people, the 2017 edition of Smart City Expo World Congress (#SCEWC17) took place this month in Barcelona. UN-Habitat signed an agreement with the event organizers through which the programme will become a strategic partner in this and future editions of the global event.
Following dialogues initiated in 2015 between UN-Habitat’s City Resilience Profiling Programme (CRPP) and the city of Yakutsk, the Russian city has initiated implementation of UN-Habitat’s City Resilience Profiling Tool.
Mayors gathered in Cancun, Mexico, for the Local and Regional Government Summit (22-23 May) have adopted the Declaration of Local and Regional Governments. Along with their partners from national governments, international organizations and risk reduction actors across many sectors, local government representatives sought to give new impetus to risk reduction and resilience efforts at the local level, drawing on renewed global commitments articulated through the Sendai Framework, New Urban Agenda, and among other frameworks. (more…)
Unprecedented momentum for resilience-building is shaping the way we conceive, plan and manage our cities. From local governments to global organizations, resilience is increasingly considered as an essential ingredient and partner to achieving and sustaining development gains. In addition to mapping the diverse landscape of actors working on urban resilience, the report bridges the gap between history, research and practice.
The week-long mission (4-7 April) was part of the city’s collaboration with the Programme to develop a Resilience Action Plan and included various training sessions with UN-Habitat experts.
Barcelona City Council, one of the cities engaged with the programme, also attended this session to explain their own experience building resilience through the CRPP approach and shared the results of their data collection. (more…)
UN Habitat’s City Resilience Profiling Programme hosted the exhibition “Where will we go?” in the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site, in Barcelona, Spain. The audio-visual production by renowned photo-journalist Kadir van Lohuizen ran from February 17th through March 17th, 2017 and explored the plight of people permanently displaced as a result of the impact of a changing climate.
The four UN organizations located at the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site – UN-HABITAT’s City Resilience Profiling Programme (UN-HABITAT/CRPP), the GWOPA Secretariat Global Water Operators Partnerships Alliance (UN-HABITAT/GWOPA), the United Nations University Institute on Globalization, Culture and Mobility (UNU-GCM) and the WHO Barcelona Office for Health Systems Strengthening (WHO/Europe) with the support of the Sant Pau Art Nouveau Site joined the world-wide celebration of the UN´s 70th Anniversary with an event that took place at the site the evening of the 23 October 2015. (more…)
UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr Joan Clos and UfM Deputy Secretary General for Transport and Urban Development Ambassador Yigit Alpogan signed a Memorandum of Understanding to undertake joint actions for an integrated approach to socially and environmentally sustainable urban development. Both parties agreed to find common responses to the pressing challenges facing urban areas in the Mediterranean region and have identified several areas of collaboration with special regard to water management, risk reduction and resilience. (more…)
Building on the success of the Barcelona Resilience Experience in February 2015, UN-Habitat’s City Resilience Profiling Programme, the BCN Urban Resilience Partnership, and the City Council of Barcelona hosted the Barcelona Resilience Week, a global platform for discussion and learning between leading cities and companies working to build more resilient communities all over the world. (more…)