The Resilient Cities Congress was a convening space for key stakeholders on urban resilience to exchange knowledge and best practices in urban policy and planning. However, the legacy of the Congress goes beyond the face to face discussions and reflects on the transferrable capacity built throughout ten years in the urban practitioners’ community. The Congress triggered innovative dialogues, bringing actors and constituencies together that would not typically talk to each other or work together to formulate new paths towards building resilience. Also, Resilient Cities advanced global partnerships and commitments, which elevated the discussions on urban resilience and created an environment for future investments by advocating for policy and governance reforms to favor long term urban resilience. An innovative and virtual space to gather the Resilient Cities community built accross the years was missing.
Measured, quantitative outcomes / project impact
In the spirit of the Resilient City Congress, the ICLEI Resilient Development Team launched the City Resilience Stories - Webinar Series, providing a monthly space for cities and the urban resilience community to share their experiences on topical issues through a virtual encounter.
Showcasing opportunities. As cities adapt and overcome these impacts, they can improve urban quality of life. Sharing city resilience stories invites a moment of reflection to consider such opportunities and move towards sustainable urban societies.
Voice of cities. Climate change affects all cities, but they each face these challenges their own ways: Distinct geographies, sizes, or metropolitan capacities might mean different problems and reactions. Having cities as speakers fosters direct dialogues and enhances the sharing and learning experience.
Interactive format. Making space for questions and answers, the City Resilience Stories webinar aims to engage the public in the discussion. Exploring deeper on challenges and opportunities, all can contribute to building more resilient cities.