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Champion Profile

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Giorgio Orsoni
Mayor of Venice
Recognized for promoting the importance of building resilience against disasters and protecting cultural heritage
  • Biography

  • Giorgio Orsoni is 65, was born and lives in Venice. He is married and has three children. He is the Mayor of Venice since 2010. Since 1972, he is a lawyer specialized in Administrative Law. He is a Full Professor in Administrative Law at Ca’ Foscari University in Venice and he was Scientific Director of the Ca’ Foscari Master in "Environment Law".
    He is Vice President of CEMR (Council of European Municipalities and Regions of Europe).

    He is the First Procurator of San Marco in Venice.

    He has held various positions, amongst which: Director of the Ca Foscari school for social workers from 1990 to 1992; Board Member of the cultural institution "La Biennale" of Venice, from 2000 to 2003; President of Save Engineering spa, the company of the Venice "Marco Polo" Airport, from 1997 to 2003. He was the Vice President of the Venice Giorgio Cini Foundation (he is now a member of the General Council as foreseen in the statute), Member of the La Fenice of Venice Board (he is now the President as foreseen in the statute).

    He has been also:
    Legal Advisor in the legislation sector for the Minister for Urban Areas (1997-1999); Member of the Ministerial Commission for the Regulation; Member of the Study Commission for the study of issues relating to the reorganization of structures and central and local offices of the Ministry of Public Works and the Department for Urban Areas at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers and ANAS (DM April 22, 1998); Member of the Study Commission for the issues concerning the legislative reform of urban law, established at the Ministry of Public Works (DM May 8, 1997). City of Venice Deputy Mayor for Heritage and Institutional Relationships (from 2001 to 2005). President of the Venice Bar Association and President of the Triveneto Union for Bar Association councils. Member of the National Bar Council.

  • Story

  • In March 2012, the Mayor of the fabled city of Venice, Giorgio Orsoni, became Europe's first Champion of Urban Resilience in recognition of his efforts to build resilience to disasters and protect cultural heritage. Margareta Wahlström, United Nations disaster risk reduction chief, appointed Mr. Orsoni a champion as part of UNISDR's "Making Cities Resilient" campaign, which has over 1,000 member cities from around the world, including Venice. "Venice can be a world icon, not of fragility, but of resilience with respect to the challenges of global change," said Mayor Orsoni, referring to the heightened risk of flooding from sea level rise, resulting from climate change.

    Mayor Orsoni convened a conference from 19 to 20 March where participants adopted the "Venice Declaration on Building Resilience at the Local Level towards Protected Cultural Heritage and Climate Change Adaptation Strategies."

    Read more: http://www.unisdr.org/campaign/resilientcities/news/view/25988

  • Campaign Activities

    • Building cities' resilience to disasters: protecting cultural heritage and adapting to climate change, Venice, Doge’s Palace 19-20 March 2012.
    • Workshop "Protection of Venice and Byblos against maritime risks" 28-29 Jun 2011, Byblos (Lebanon).

Venice can be a world icon, not of fragility, but of resilience with respect to the challenges of global change.

- Giorgio Orsoni, Mayor of Venice

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