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About Resilient Cities 2017

Where local impacts find a world of solutions

Resilient Cities - The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation - is the global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation, hosted in Bonn, Germany.

Resilient Cities was first launched in 2010 with the goal of connecting local government leaders and climate change adaptation experts to discuss adaptation challenges facing urban environments around the globe and forging partnerships that could have lasting impacts for cities. Seven successful editions have made this goal a reality. The 8th edition of the Resilient Cities congress series will take place back-to-back with the annual UN Bonn talks in May 4-6, 2017. 

The congress will offer a number of sessions and events on a wide variety of topics among which are "hot" resilience topics, such as: 

  • Local implementation of SDG11 and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction;
  • How cities prepare and respond to disease outbreaks or other climate-related health risks;
  • Forced migration in urban areas;
  • Risk transfer and insurance; and
  • Data security and management. 

as well as themes touching on "traditional" urban resilience challenges, such as:

  • Financing resilience (with a special focus on direct access funding mechanisms for cities); and
  • Preparing for the worst: Minimizing and managing loss and damage (providing an overview of the current challenges on climate disaster risk management and the implications of loss and damage for cities and Small Island States). 

Click here to download the themes for Resilient Cities 2017 call for contributions.

Read more about Resilient Cities congresses in 2016, 20152014, 2013, 2012, 2011 and 2010.


Outcomes from Resilience Workstream at COP22

On November 10th 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 highlightsfinal report or UN press release and webcast of the day. 


Many reasons to attend Resilient Cities 2017!

  • Interact with authoritative experts and the audience to build bridges across the public and private sectors and fields of expertise
  • Learn about groundbreaking topics
  • Gain practical knowledge with the Resilient Cities practical case studies, such as the Reality Check Workshops
  • Start new contacts and develop new partnerships at the congress venue, an ideal location that fosters networking opportunities