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RELEASE: “Resilient cities, thriving cities: The evolution of urban resilience” report

Bonn, Germany (20 November 2019) - For the last ten years, following each Resilient Cities Congress (RCC), ICLEI released a report based on that year's Congress, which tracked the status of the global resilience debate.

This year, to celebrate a decade of resilience, ICLEI has gone a step further: this year’s report uses the RCC decade-long experience as a proxy to track the evolution of the global resilience debate over the last ten years, creating a solid base to build the next decade of bold action.

Resilient cities, thriving cities: The evolution of urban resilience” provides an appraisal of the state of resilient cities from the last ten years, as well as actions of the main players in the field of urban resilience. The report shows that resilience building is an ongoing process rather than a destination, and does not simply tackle physical infrastructure, but also social cohesion and core urban systems such as food and transport.


“Our goal is that ‘Resilient Cities, Thriving Cities’ serves as an easily-accessible and useful reference for political leaders, practitioners, experts and civil society, and can serve as inspiration for the next decade of resilience,” said Gino Van Begin, Secretary General of ICLEI.

The report explores a variety of resilience approaches; for example, how multi-stakeholder planning has contributed to finance and boosted local resilience, or how leveraging nature-based solutions has enabled cities’ adaptation to climate change and improved people’s quality of life. The report also provides successful examples of social cohesion benefitting physical resilience, especially in informal settlements.

You can download the full report here.


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