ICLEI Report Shines Spotlight on Urban Resilience

Built Environment, Europe, News, September 3 2018

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BONN, GERMANY: ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability has published the 2018 edition of its ‘Resilient Cities Report.’ The publication reflects on developments in urban resilience and climate change adaptation, and elaborates on specific tools, initiatives, case studies and solutions presented at the 9th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation, building on discussions and developments from previous years. The 9th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation convened in Bonn, Germany, from 26-28 April 2018. The annual forum provides a platform to share the latest knowledge, good practices, challenges and innovations for creating more resilient cities, and track local progress on achieving resilience targets under SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities). According to ICLEI, Goal 11 is the main lever to attain all other Goals.

The report discusses Global Forum sessions on, inter alia: strengthening multi-level governance to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement on climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; resilience and sustainability benefits from nature-based solutions; reinforcing multi-stakeholder collaboration, including among the private sector, the insurance industry, climate scientists and community leaders; links between urban resilience and resource efficiency/circular economy pathways; increasing challenges of Big Data and digitalization for cities and regions; strategies to protect and preserve natural and cultural heritage for enhanced urban resilience; and best practices for ensuring resilient food systems, enhancing social cohesion and citizen participation in resilience-building efforts.

According to the report, the meeting also served as an official Cities and Regions Talanoa Dialogue, during which delegates urged engaging all government levels to address climate change in the context of pursuing the SDGs and the New Urban Agenda (NUA). Participants emphasized the need to: abandon “silo thinking” and work together to align actions and visions with all relevant entities, including citizens; transform regulatory and governance frameworks; direct finance to local entities to implement national visions from the ground up; and act with more urgency in UN negotiations.

For the full article, visit the source: IISD SDG Knowledge Hub

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