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Transforming and enhancing urban life through resilience

The City Resilience Profiling Programme (CRPP) is a flagship programme within UN-Habitat, the UN agency for human settlements. Our work supports local governments and their stakeholders to increase urban resilience. We recognize resilience as more than a safeguard against hazards but as an enabler for sustainable urban development.

Although they vary in scale, magnitude and source, all cities face hazards. A resilient city is able to prepare, recover and adapt to all plausible hazards, not only withstanding the impacts, but also building back better to reduce the impact of future hazards.

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Join our team

The City Resilience Profiling Programme is offering new job opportunities:

Advocacy, Outreach and Communication Consultant. Consult the full job description for details and how to apply here.

    Urban Resilience Officer for Port Vila, Vanuatu. Consult the full job description for details and how to apply here.

    Urban Resilience Expert for Yakutsk, Russia here

  • Internship opportunity in Graphic Design and Communication here

Highlights from Local Government Summit: Declaration & Resilience Tool

Mayors gathered in Cancun, Mexico, for the Local and Regional Government Summit (22-23 May) have adopted the Declaration of Local and Regional Governments. Along with their partners from national governments, international organizations and risk reduction actors across many sectors, local government representatives sought to give new impetus to risk reduction and resilience efforts at the local level, drawing on renewed global commitments articulated through the Sendai Framework, New Urban Agenda, and among other frameworks.

UN-Habitat unveils Trends in Urban Resilience publication

Unprecedented momentum for resilience-building is shaping the way we conceive, plan and manage our cities. From local governments to global organizations, resilience is increasingly considered as an essential ingredient and partner to achieving and sustaining development gains. In addition to mapping the diverse landscape of actors working on urban resilience, the report bridges the gap between history, research and practice.

Designing Resilience International Open Competition

The inaugural 2017 Designing Resilience in Asia International Open Competition, organised by the School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, encourages participants to propose innovative WATER SOLUTIONS at the urban planning, urban design, architecture, building technology or the industrial design scales to tackle the challenge of 'DROUGHTS & WATER SCARCITY' in our cities, neighborhoods and communities.
Registration & Submission starts on 17 April 2017
Registration & Submission closes on 17 July 2017

Yakutsk consolidates its close relationship with CRPP

Following dialogues and collaborations initiated during 2015 with the city of Yakutsk, Russia, the City Resilience Profiling Programme welcomed representatives from the Arctic city in early April to Barcelona.

Intensive 48-month collaboration to increase urban resilience in Asunción

The capital city of Paraguay, Asunción, will collaborate with UN Habitat’s City Resilience Profiling Program to increase its ability to maintain functions and minimize losses in the face of stresses, shocks and hazards.

Where Will We Go Exhibition

Where Will We Go

The UN Habitat City Resilience Profiling Programme is pleased to host Kadir van Lohuizen’s photo essay Where Will We Go?, a visceral and visual statement on the plight of people confronting the loss of their land and livelihoods as a result of sea level rise and coastal erosion.

UNISDR Resilient Cities Connect

Resilient Cities Connect

UNISDR facilitates city-to-city learning in collaboration with support from partners. Sharing lessons is a key part of UNISDR's Making Cities Resilient Campaign towards the implementation of the Sendai Framework at the local level. City-to-city learning is an advantageous opportunity for cities to connect and share experiences, obtain support and create an effective network to increase their urban resilience capacities.

It is with this purpose in mind that UNISDR, with the support of the European Commission’s DG-DEVCO, is calling for the submission of proposals for city learning exchanges on disaster risk reduction and resilience building among local governments.

You can find out more information on this opportunity and apply through documents available this web page. The deadline for submitting applications is January 15, 2017.

UN-Habitat joined the RESCCUE project

RESCCUE Project

UN-Habitat early this year joined the RESCCUE project

The RESCCUE project launched in May 2016 (“RESilience to cope with Climate Change in Urban arEas –a multi sectorial approach focusing on water”) aims to provide practical and innovative models and tools to end-users facing climate change challenges to build more resilient cities.

Funded through the EC H2020 window, the project will provide tools to assess urban resilience from a multisectorial approach, for current and future climate scenarios and including multiple hazards.

This holistic approach to urban resilience will enable city managers and urban systems operators to decide the optimal investments to cope with future situations.

RESCCUE is a 48-month duration project built around three research sites Barcelona, Lisbon, Bristol, and is led by a consortium of 18 partners led by Aquatec, Suez Water Advanced Solutions.

Medellin Collaboration expands commitment to resilience beyond 4,000 cities

DRR 13th October

It has been twenty-seven years since the United Nations General Assembly felt the urgency to call for an International Day for Disaster Reduction; established with the long-term objective of raising global awareness on how people are taking action to cope with disasters and tackle vulnerabilities. Today, consistent with this year’s central theme of ‘reducing disaster mortality’ and building on its recently published resilience toolkit, the Medellin Collaboration for Urban Resilience (MCUR) reinvigorates its collective commitment to assist cities worldwide and welcomes Cities Alliance as the newest member of the group.

As the global urban population grows at a pace of 1.4 million every week, cities are clearly emerging as the realm where risk-awareness and reduction are most immediately needed. From this perspective, working across 4,000 cities globally and leveraging more than US$2 billion of existing annual funds, the Medellin Collaboration is poised to answer the challenge. Well-aligned with the major post-2015 development frameworks - the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction; the Paris Agreement and particularly the New Urban Agenda - its cross-sector targets span from comprehensive data gathering to local government disaster preparedness; and from the development of major security standards to more efficient ecosystems services. MCUR is working to spread an understanding that risks and challenges are often interconnected – solutions should be created with this in mind and achieve multiple benefits with one intervention. Moreover, MCUR is actively pledged to investing in risk-mitigation strategies and harnessing urban opportunities.

Sharing these common goals, its diverse platform of members – which includes UN-Habitat, UNISDR, The World Bank Group, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, IDB, The Rockefeller Foundation, 100 Resilient Cities, C40, ICLEI and Cities Alliance – originally came together in February 2014 as a successful outcome of the 7th World Urban Forum; thus giving shape and consistency to an unprecedented global momentum for resilience-building.

Through the following statement, and in the advent of Habitat III, MCUR strongly reaffirms its commitment to foster resilience in every city and human settlement creating a better future for all citizens.