Resilient City

A 'Resilient City' is prepared to absorb and recover from any shock or stress while
maintaining its essential functions, structures, and identity as well as adapting and
thriving in the face of continual change. Building resilience requires identifying and
assessing hazard risks, reducing vulnerability and exposure, and lastly, increasing
resistance, adaptive capacity, and emergency preparedness.

Through the Resilient City Agenda, ICLEI mobilizes, guides and supports its Members to assess risks, define resilience measures, and embed appropriate strategies in local development plans and processes. 

Covering issues such as climate mitigation and adaption, disaster risk reduction, food security, policy making and financing, ICLEI's resilience activities produce a range of conferences, seminars, networks, tools and guidebooks to help local leaders build resilience at all government levels.


Global platforms and resources

ICLEI provides a range of resources for sharing knowledge on resilience, reporting local climate adaptation actions, and financing resilience. Global events and activities are coordinated from ICLEI's World Secretariat in Bonn, Germany.


Resilient Cities Congress Series
The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation

Launched in 2010, Resilient Cities is the global platform for urban resilience
and climate change adaptation, hosted every year in Bonn, Germany. The
congress covers a range of topics including urban risk, financing resilience,
ecosystem-based adaptation, integrated planning approaches, measuring
and monitoring risk, inclusive and resilient development, and more.
Participants come from a wide array of backgrounds and take an active part
in exchanging strategies, sharing experiences, and building partnerships.

carbonn®Climate Registry (cCR)
The carbonn® Climate Registry (cCR) is a free global reporting platform for climate action by local and subnational governments – cities, towns, states, provinces and regions. It has been designed to support and facilitate structured reporting on climate change mitigation and adaptation, also supporting vertically integrated reporting between different levels of government. It currently supports reporting of Measurable, Reportable and Verifiable (MRV) climate action of 14 initiatives.

The Transformative Actions Program (TAP)
An innovative initiative that aims to catalyze and improve capital flows to cities, towns and regions and strengthen the capacity of local and subnational governments to access climate finance and attract investment for adaptation and mitigation projects.

Annual Resilient Cities Reports
Published annually by ICLEI, this report captures key developments and innovations in urban resilience worldwide. As such, it is a key resource about the state of affairs in the field of resilience and climate change adaptation. 

ICLEI Resilience Resource Point

Providing a gateway into the growing collection of websites, networks and literature dedicated to adaptation and resilience, with a particular focus on urban regions and cities.
Maintained by the partners of the Medellin Collaboration on Urban Resilience, this platform present a wide range of tools, case studies, and resources from global organizations working in over 2,000 local governments. 

The Adaptation Library
The Adaptation Library is a publicly accessible and searchable collection of community, forestry, and energy related adaptation products that connects community and industry users with relevant information related to climate change adaptation in Canada and abroad.

Financing the Resilient City
A ICLEI white paper on the benefits of a bottom-up and comprehensive resilience investment approach to development, disaster risk reduction and climate adaptation.


Regional programs and services

ICLEI’s global network of offices provides a broad range of services and tools to help cities build urban resilience. The topics include vulnerability and risk assessment, linking mitigation and adaptation, building resilient infrastructure and financing.


ICLEI Africa Resilient City projects
Building resilience requires identification and assessment of hazard risks, reducing vulnerability and exposure, and increasing resistance, adaptive capacity, and emergency preparedness. ICLEI supports African local governments with holistic resilience planning through a range of activities and resources including the Future Resilience for African Cities and Lands (FRACTAL) project and the Interactive Adaptation Participatory Process Tool.

ICLEI Canada: Building Adaptive & Resilient Communities (BARC)
The Building Adaptive & Resilient Communities (BARC) suite of solutions, we help communities by providing an array of tools, resources, and consulting services to increase their adaptive capacity in a cost-effective and accessible way. The components of BARC range from networking platforms, to online tools to a full BARC Program; regardless of the BARC pathway your community chooses, ICLEI can help your community become more adaptive and resilient.

ICLEI Europe: Climate Change Adaptation activities & services
ICLEI is committed to supporting European cities, towns and urban regions in their efforts to develop adaptation strategies and action plans, and to guide them through a systematic process of implementation and management. ICLEI Europe supports our members through a number of climate change adaptation projects, events, tools, and networks

ICLEI Mexico: The Municipal Climate Action Plan (PACMUN) Project
PACMUN participants learn about the causes of climate change, its impacts on the different production sectors as well as on the quality of life of the local populations, in order to get an understanding about how the decisions on the local level can contribute to resolving the problem of climate change on the global scale.

ICLEI Oceania: Resources for Building Local Capacity for Resilience
Serving local governments in Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific Island Nations, ICLEI Oceania supports the development and implementation of resilience and disaster risk reduction planning through trainings, online resources, and knowledge exchange activities with regional and global partners. ICLEI Oceania leads ICLEI's Community for Towns, Cities and Provinces of Small Islands Developing States

ICLEI South Asia: Resilient City Agenda Projects
ICLEI South Asia works towards increasing cities' urban resilience through local adaptation planning, the integration of climate science, policy and practice, the exchange of information among cities in the region and beyond, and the provision of tools, enabling cities to devise and implement resilience strategies that respond to their specific needs and identified vulnerabilities. 

ICLEI South America: Low Carbon and Resilient Cities
ICLEI SAMS supports local governments in South America with integrated low carbon, resilient planning as well as waste management through online projects and targeted support.

ICLEI Southeast Asia: Resilient City Agenda Projects
ICLEI Southeast Asia supports cities and local governments in working towards integrated sustainability including planning and implementation of climate change activities. ICLEI Southeast Asia works directly with local governments and several regional adaptation networks to support informed resilience building at the local-level.

ICLEI USA: Climate Preparedness tools and resources
While we work to slow climate change by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, climate impacts are already here and are threatening communities’ livelihoods and economies. ICLEI USA is helping cities and counties prepare for the increasingly intense effects of the warming world through tools, expert services, and advocacy.

ICLEI East Asia, Japan, Korea & Kaohsiung Capacity Center
ICLEI supports local governments in East Asia and China with climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction through our regional secretariat as well as our offices in Korea, Japan, and Chinese Taipei.


Our Networks

ICLEI helps cities to enhance their resilience against urban risk and other unforeseen events and economic shocks by connecting leaders from across the world through our urban resilience networks at the regional, national and international levels.


Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN)
Launched in 2008 by the Rockefeller Foundation, the initiative initially focused on strengthening the capacities in cities to plan, finance and implement urban climate change resilience (UCCR) strategies and actions in 10 cities across India, Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, though these early experiences have helped support the development of models that have now been expanded to over 40 additional cities, including the Philippines and Bangladesh. The ACCCRN Regional Network now builds on the lessons, experience, and legacy of this eight-year program.

Making Cities Resilient: “My City is getting ready!” 
A UNISDR campaign supported by ICLEI that connects leaders from local and national governments to address issues of local governance and urban risk, and calls for concerted efforts to build urban resilience through investment, infrastructure and building, benchmarking and reporting and knowledge exchange. 

Asia Pacific Adaptation Network
Building climate change resilient and sustainable human systems, ecosystems and economies through the mobilisation of knowledge, enhanced institutional capacity and informed decision making‐processes, and facilitated access to finance and technologies. ICLEI serves as a regional node for APAN in Southeast Asia

Cities Alliance Joint Work Program on Resilient Cities
The Joint Work Program brings together over 20 partners and Cities Alliance members to strengthen global partnerships and local resilience strategies to facilitate the flow of knowledge and resources to enhance city resilience tools, approaches, and capacity development interventions within long-term urban planning processes that also address informality and the working urban poor.

Medellin Collaboration on Urban Resilience
Global netGroup of global organizations helping to facilitate the flow of knowledge and financial resources necessary to help cities become more resilient. Members include ICLEI, C40, Cities Alliance, GFDRR, IDB, UN-Habitat, UNISDR, the Rockefeller Foundation, 100 Resilient Cities, and the World Bank Group.

Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance
An alliance of over forty leading organizations actively working to mobilize investment into low-carbon and climate-resilient infrastructure in cities and urban areas internationally.


Our Advocacy and commitments

ICLEI offers a gateway to adaptation and urban resilience solutions by forming global partnerships with governments, organizations, institutions and business. We represent the interests of cities in major global platforms such as the European Commission, Global Risk Forum, UNFCCC and UNISDR conferences.


Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy
The largest global coalition of cities committed to climate leadership, building on the commitments of more than 7,100 cities from 119 countries and six continents. The initiative is a merger of the EU Covenant of Mayors and the Compact of Mayors and includes a common platform to capture the impact of cities’ collective actions through standardized measurement of emissions and climate risk, and consistent, public reporting of their efforts. 

Durban Adaptation Charter
Launched at the UNFCCC COP 17 held in Durban in December 2011, the Durban Adaptation Charter has been signed by leaders from over 100 cities to commit and to accelerate local climate change adaptation efforts at the subnational level

United Nations Climate Change Conference COP22, Marrakesh, Morocco 

On November 10th 2016 at the Global Climate Action day on Cities and Human Settlements, ICLEI facilitated the resilience work stream in collaboration with the Moroccan Ministry of the Interior and the Fonds Mondial pour le Développement des Villes (FMDV). A showcase event presented initiatives on Resilience and Human Settlements providing an update on key global activities designed to accelerate and scale-up local adaptation and disaster risk reduction. Policy dialogues engaged participants in discussions regarding ensuring synergy among Paris Agreement, the New Urban Agenda and Sendai Framework Policy in the context of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; and finally financing urban resilience through local, subnational, national, regional, global and private resources to enhance access and performance of local/urban resilience investments.

Mayor Sumptoh of Port Vila, Vanuatu summarized the outcomes from the discussions at the High Level Action Day on November 17th. The webcast of the event is available. One of the proposals for action of the day includes the use of inputs from the annual Resilient Cities congress in Bonn to enrich elements on resilience in official United Nations processes coming up in 2017 and 2018.

Read the highlights, final report or UN press release and webcast of the day. 

For more information on the Agenda of the Day follow the link.

See "Best of" photos from the day.

Summit of Local and Regional Governments at UNISDR's 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

On May 23rd 2017, a Summit of Local and Regional Governments was held in Cancun as part of the UNISDR 2017 Global Platform for DRR. ICLEI presented on Coherence in addressing the 2030 development agenda at the local level with UCLG. The Summit was organized under the aegis of UNISDR's “Making Cities Resilient Campaign” and its Steering Committee and supported by UNISDR and UN-Habitat. Sessions were organized by ICLEI, UCLG, Leaders Link, AECOM, Greater Manchester Prepared, and The World Bank. For more information on the event, click here. To download the agenda follow the link


Recent Resources

Summit of Local and Regional Governments at UNISDR's 2017 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

On May 23rd 2017, a Summit of Local and Regional Governments was held in Cancun as part of the UNISDR 2017 Global Platform for DRR. ICLEI presented on Coherence in addressing the 2030 development agenda at the local level with UCLG. The Summit was organized under the aegis of UNISDR's “Making Cities Resilient Campaign” and its Steering Committee and supported by UNISDR and UN-Habitat. Sessions were organized by ICLEI, UCLG, Leaders Link, AECOM, Greater Manchester Prepared, and The World Bank. For more information on the event, click here. To download the agenda follow the link

Global developments in Resilience Building at the Local & Regional Level
Presentation given 10 November 2016 as part of the Resilience workstream during the Global Climate Action Agenda Day on Cities and Human Settlements at UNFCCC COP22. Visit here to learn more about the event. 

Summary of Global Urban Resilience Initiatives (abbrev, list)
Non-exhaustive overview prepared in advance of UNFCCC COP22 in Marrakech, Morocco

Tracking local progress on the post-2015 frameworks: Making cities inclusive, sustainable, and resilient (ICLEI Discussion Paper)

Preliminary baseline review of adaptation actions reported to the carbonn Climate Registry (cCR) in relation to Sustainable Development Goal 11b, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the Paris Agreement. ICLEI Discussion Paper, 4 May 2017.

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