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A1 - City-to-city collaboration and other strategic partnerships to enhance urban resilience

Session Description

Facilitator: Anthony Socci, Senior Lead on International Climate Policy, US Environmental Protection Agency, Washington DC, USA 


  • Cross-Atlantic collaboration – New York City and Copenhagen
    Lykke Leonardsen, Program Director, City of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Building eco-efficiency through strategic partnerships: The experience of La Paz and Bonn
    Mariana Daza von Boeck, Municipal Secretary of Environmental Management, La Paz, Bolivia
  • The Nigeria Resilient Cities Network                                                                                                    Michael Mutter, Visiting Professor; and Chairman of Nigeria Resilient Cities Network, University of Westminster, London, UK
  • Inter-city coordination in urban flood management for the benefit of a resilient public health system in the Philippines
    Weena Gera, Assistant Professor, University of the Philippines Cebu, Cebu City, The Philippines
  • Multi-stakeholder collaboration for strengthening disaster resilience of SMEs
    Florian Rhiza Nery, Business Continuity Program Manager, Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation, Makati, The Philippines

Organized by: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability

Multi-stakeholder collaboration is necessary to effectively steer cities along a resilient path. Horizontal cooperation amongst cities and regions has become a strategy to increase knowledge exchange and enhance urban management and resilience. In addition, including relevant resilience stakeholders within a city, such as Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and community representatives, and applying an integrated approach across sectors and geographic boundaries has the capacity to holistically enhance the disaster resilience of urban communities and effect positive change for cities and regions. 

This session will start with a story about the partnership between New York City, USA and Copenhagen, Denmark. For almost two years, both have exchanged knowledge and methods for climate change adaptation, with a special focus on improving post-disaster assessment and recovery, as well as cloudburst management. Continuing the theme of successful city-to-city partnerships, the City of La Paz, Bolivia will present its multi-year exchange with its sister city, Bonn, Germany. The cities are currently striving to collaboratively enhance their resilience to water-related and other climate risks. The third presentation will showcase the newly-developed Nigeria Resilient Cities Network, which aims to provide political assistance to state and local governments from a people-based approach to address urban management challenges in the context of rapid population growth. The discussion will then shift to the Philippines which due to its geographical location, is highly exposed to natural hazards. The final two presentations will discuss: 1) how integrated risk management involving multiple sectors and neighboring cities in the metropolitan region can help avoid or reduce health impacts for urban dwellers; and 2) how public-private-people partnerships can enhance resilience by incorporating continuity practices and emergency plans to reduce social and economic impacts after a natural disaster.