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E4 - Integrating resilience and resource efficiency in cities

Session description

Facilitator: Martina Otto, Head of Unit Cities and Lifestyles, UN Environment, Paris, France


  • David Dodman, Director, Human Settlements Group, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London, UK
  • Blake Robinson, Program Coordinator, Sustainability Institute, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Barbara Emanuel, Manager Food Strategy, Department of Public Health, City of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
  • Mathis Wackernagel, Founder and CEO, Global Footprint Network, Geneva, Switzerland  (tbc)
  • Bin-Wu Liu, Associate Engineer, Kaohsiung City Government Water Resources Bureau, City of Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei 
  • Representative, World Business Council on Sustainable Development(WBCSD) (tbc)

Organized by: UN Environment


The resilient cities agenda involves climate adaptation policies as well as policies promoting more sustainable, low-carbon lifestyles. These build upon existing initiatives (e.g., the sharing economy and carbon foot printing initiatives) and encapsulate integrated development planning, inclusive growth and participatory processes. A resource efficient city further enhances resource economies, ensuring minimal environmental impacts and avoids resource depletion. This session will provide an overview of the potential synergies of an integrated cities approach and highlight examples of success at city level from around the world.

This session will present the range of solutions, experience, and knowledge that integrated resilience and resource efficiency agendas offer at the local level. Speakers will highlight how, when taken separately, resilience and resource efficiency approaches are inadequate to respond to the challenges and changes to the environmental context. Taken together, however, resilience and resource efficiency can generate synergies and co-benefits to the city and to the quality of life of its inhabitants.