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Opening Plenary

Facilitators: Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and Monika Zimmermann, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI

Welcome and opening remarks:

  • Ashok Sridharan, Mayor, City of Bonn, Germany; ICLEI First Vice President and Special Messenger to UNFCCC and carbonn Climate Registry; Co-Patron of Resilient Cities 2017 
  • Jewon Lee, Vice Mayor II for Administrative Affairs representing ICLEI President Mayor Won-Soon Park, Seoul Metropolitan Government, Republic of Korea
  • Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI

Special messages:

  • Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC); Co-Patron of Resilient Cities 2017
  • David Simon, Director, Mistra Urban Futures, Gothenburg, Sweden 

Panel discussion:

  • David Jácome Polit, Chief Resilience Officer, 100 Resilient Cities, Quito Municipality, Ecuador
  • Wilson Kalumba, Mayor, City of Lusaka, Zambia (tbc)  
  • Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor, City of Rotterdam, the Netherlands (invited)
  • Nn, City of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Nn, Mayor, Bangladesh

Congress program and forums: 

  • Butch Bacani, Program Leader, UN Environment's Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (UNEP PSI), Geneva, Switzerland

Organized by: ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability


Resilient Cities 2017, the 8th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation will include high-level plenaries, training, Reality Check Workshops and parallel thematic panel sessions which will feature discussions on a range of new and recurring themes related to urban resilience and urban adaptation to climate change. Continuing the discussions from 2016 Habitat III conference and the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP22), Resilient Cities 2017 will support knowledge exchange and capacity building for resilient urban planning and local implementation of SDG11.