Medellin Collaboration for Urban Resilience

Launched at the 7th session of World Urban Forum in Medellín, Colombia in 2014, this collaboration gathers the most prominent actors committed to building resilience globally including UNISDR, The World Bank Group, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, Inter-American Development Bank, Rockefeller Foundation, 100 Resilient Cities, C40, ICLEI and Cities Alliance, and chaired by UN-Habitat. Collectively the partners work in over 4,000 cities globally, with more than USD 2 billion committed annually toward advancing resilient and sustainable urban growth.

About the collaboration

The Medellin Collaboration for Urban Resilience (MCUR) aims to jointly collaborate on strengthening the resilience of all cities and human settlements around the world by supporting local, regional and national governments in achieving the mandates set out in the Sustainable Development Goals, the New Urban Agenda, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

As a pioneering partnerships platform, it is addressing its activity by providing knowledge and research, facilitating access to local-level finance and raising global awareness on urban resilience through policy advocacy and adaptation diplomacy efforts.

MCUR Tools

A number of tools now exist to help cities build their capacities to respond to the mix of challenges they face.

The Medellin Collaboration coinceived a platform to help local governments and other municipal professionals understand the primary utility of the vast array of tools and diagnostics designed to assess, measure, monitor, and improve city-level resilience. For example, some tools are intended as rapid assessments to establish a general understanding and baseline of a city’s resilience and can be self-deployed, while others are more action-oriented and demand more sophisticated institutional, technical and financial capacities to implement, while others are intended as a means to identify and prioritize areas for investment.

The platform aims to offer a comprehensive overview of how different tools compare to enable cities to select the most appropriate solution for their needs.

This platfom was made possible through a grant from the Cities Alliance, member of the Medellin Collaboration for Urban Resilience.

The MCUR released the Local Governments’ Pocket Guide to Resilience in 2015. Visit the Resilience Tools platform for other tools.

MCUR Model in Cities

The Collaboration has produced a guidebook to illustrate how cities are responding to current and future challenges by thinking strategically about design, planning, and management, for building resilience.

The MCUR is working in a collaborative model in six pilot cities: Accra, Bogotá, Jakarta, Maputo, Mexico City, and New York City.


Diverse membership, MCUR brings together local government associations, international organizations, donors and UN Agencies.

The World Bank
Cities Alliance
100 Resilient Cities
C40 Cities
The Rockefeller Foundation