Useful Resources and Trainings on COVID-19

April 8th, 2020

The global community has responded to the current pandemic by fast-tracing numerous online resources and webinars. Below are some of the key resources that local government and city leaders may find particularly useful.

Online Resources

Online Training

09/04/2010 – Reducing COVID-19 Vulnerability Amongst Displaced Populations and Migrants. UNDRR. Register

How to communicate effectively with the public during COVID-19. ICLEI. Watch

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Breaking Cycles of Risk Accumulation in Africa Cities

March 4th, 2020

How can cycles of risk accumulation in African cities be broken in ways that also enhance local and city-wide development? This book addresses this question by drawing on the experience of researchers, policy makers and community organisers working in African cities.


Case Study: Defining Actions for Resilience in Maputo, Mozambique

February 19th, 2020

By looking at who, why, what and how, the city of Maputo has defined actions that will increase its resilience.


Resilience momentum on show at WUF 10

February 18th, 2020

The main theme of the World Urban Forum 10, held in Abu Dhabi (9-14 February 2020) was “Cities of Opportunities”. The centrality of resilience as a factor ensuring opportunity was a recurring theme.


Case Study: Resilience Profiling and Actions for Resilience in Asuncion, Paraguay

January 20th, 2020

Management of risk in cities is increasingly complex. Asuncion has conducted an in-depth resilience profiling assessment with the support of UN-Habitat


UN Climate Change Conference COP25 in Madrid Highlights the Urgency of the Climate Emergency

December 18th, 2019

“We hear you. We must act now.” –  These words were spoken by  UN-Habitat’s Executive Director, Ms Maimunah Mohd Sharif during the Young Women Climate Changemakers session at COP25.


UN-Habitat engages key urban stakeholders at Smart City Expo World Congress 2019

November 26th, 2019

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). 


UN-Habitat Celebrating World Cities Day in Barcelona

November 12th, 2019

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.


Addressing Pressing Resilience Challenges in Paraguay’s Capital

October 7th, 2019
Photo Credit: Javier Corso OAK

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.


Building Resilience in Peripheral Cities, Santa Ana Leads the Way

September 26th, 2019

Identifying stresses, shocks and challenges for better urban governance


Call: Nourishing a Resilience Champion

August 26th, 2019

Purpose of Call for Expression of InterestThe 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. 

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Submission Start Date: 26 August 2019, 5pm, Barcelona, Spain.

Deadline [closed]: 18 September 2019, 5PM, Barcelona, Spain

Call: Global Publication on Urban Resilience

August 26th, 2019

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.

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Submission Deadline [closed]: 18 September 2019, 5pm. Barcelona, Spain.

A modular approach to capacity building: Urban Resilience Enhancers

January 10th, 2019

The Urban Resilience Enhancers are extracted from UN-Habitat’s leading urban resilience tool, the City Resilience Profiling Tool.


Human Rights Day: Tools to Safeguard Human Rights in Resilient Cities

December 10th, 2018

Our increasingly urban world is bringing new challenges that, if not addressed, may hamper Human Rights for urban dwellers.


Actively addressing unemployment in Dakar – CEPEM

November 20th, 2018

In Dakar, young people find it difficult to integrate into the job market. The unemployment rate is thus estimated at 14.9% in Dakar, of which 9.7% for men and 24.1% for women.


New and strengthened partnerships for resilience action: Barcelona Resilience Week 2018 concludes

November 19th, 2018

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.


Resilience in crisis-prone cities: Port Vila and UN-Habitat collaborate

November 12th, 2018

The Honourable Lord Mayor of Port Vila, Albert Sandy Daniel, and the Head of UN-Habitat’s Urban Basic Services Branch,André Dzikus, signed a Letter of Agreement (LoA).


Strengthened commitment from UN-Habitat to the future of the Making Cities Resilient Campaign

November 11th, 2018

Launched in May 2010, the Making Cities Resilient Campaign: “My City is getting read!” has raised both awareness and political commitment to disaster risk reduction and resilience.


Liverpool hosts key international forum on protecting urban residents from disasters for 2018 World Cities Day

October 26th, 2018

Photo by Conor Samuel.

Liverpool, United Kingdom, 26 October 2018 – As cities and towns around the world expand daily, Liverpool is hosting a high-level, international event on city resilience.


Barcelona celebrates World Cities Day

October 17th, 2018

Barcelona, October 16th 2018

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.


UN-Habitat convenes the 3rd edition of Barcelona Resilience Week

September 18th, 2018

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 at the “Climate Change and Resilience” conference, Dakar

September 17th, 2018

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.

Photo courtesy of IED Afrique



Urban Resilience Enhancers: Informality Action

August 30th, 2018

Informality is an increasingly global urban phenomenon with more than one quarter of the world’s urban population living in informal settlements.


World Cities Day 2018: Building Sustainable and Resilient Cities

August 24th, 2018

With over half of the population living in urban areas and the numbers increasing daily, cities are facing unprecedented demographic, environmental, economic, social and spatial challenges.


UN-Habitat contributes to multi-partner resilience building in Barcelona

July 17th, 2018

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.


Yakutsk City to accelerate operations for greater resilience with UN-Habitat

June 5th, 2018

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.


Dialogue on the challenges of human mobility

May 28th, 2018

As the scale and dynamics of human mobility change, resilience in our cities could be compromised if we do not consider the urban perspective.


Resilient Cities: Strengthening the Humanitarian-Development Nexus

May 9th, 2018

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.


Global commitment to collaborative resilience building on display in Bonn

April 27th, 2018

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.

Mayor of Pemba, Mozambique.


Asuncion, Dakar, Maputo & Port Vila collaborating for resilience

April 18th, 2018

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.


Women must be fully engaged: Interview with leading figure of Indonesia’s emergency response

March 8th, 2018

Interview with Debora Dian Utami, YAKKUM

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…)

Trends in Urban Resilience at WUF9

February 8th, 2018

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 committed to building urban resilience with UN-Habitat’s resilience tool

November 17th, 2017

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”.


Transforming and enhancing urban life through resilience

November 17th, 2017

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.


Training in Asunción and Maputo to increase sustainability and resilience

November 8th, 2017

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.


Connecting with innovative solution-finders from the smart urbanization sector

September 20th, 2017

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.


Yakutsk consolidates its close relationship with UN-Habitat’s City Resilience Profiling Programme

August 2nd, 2017

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.


Highlights from Local Government Summit: Declaration & Resilience Tool

May 23rd, 2017

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…)

Unveiling Trends in Urban Resilience

May 10th, 2017

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.


City-to-city training between Yakutsk and Barcelona

April 7th, 2017

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 highlighting the human consequences of rising sea levels.

February 17th, 2017

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.



70th anniversary of the UN in Barcelona

October 23rd, 2016

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…)

UfM and UN-Habitat join forces to promote sustainable urban development in the Mediterranean

April 6th, 2016

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…)

Barcelona Resilience Week 2016

April 1st, 2016

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…)

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