The challenge

A resilient city assesses, plans and acts to prepare for and respond to all hazards – sudden and slow-onset, expected and unexpected – especially those stemming from climate change.

Every year, an estimated 26 million people are pushed into poverty by natural disasters (World Bank) with the poorest worst affected. In many cities, resilience building is limited by a lack of capacity, limited engagement from stakeholders, no tools or guidance tailored to local contexts and a shortage of funding. UN-Habitat is addressing these key bottlenecks.

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Donors and partners

Through collaborative groups like the Medellin Collaboration for Urban Resilience and the Global Alliance on Urban Crises, we forge partnerships with all the major actors working on urban resilience, including donors, local governments and their networks, humanitarian organizations, UN agencies and academia. We aim to bring more cohesion and understanding around urban resilience thinking, practice and needs through dialogue, partnerships and research.

Our Experts

Esteban Leon
Chief a.i. Risk , City Resilience Profiling Programme
UN-Habitat, Risk Reduction and Rehabilitation
Urban October