National launch at the Southeast Asia regional consultation workshop on strenghtening climate resilience
Type: Meeting or Conference
Organizer(s): Christian Aid
Date: 22-23 Jul 2010
Location: Bangkok (Thailand)
Three cities signed up to the new ‘Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready’ campaign at a regional launch event in Bangkok, Thailand on 23 July 2010.
Mayors and their local governments are both the key targets and drivers of the campaign. Local government officials are faced with the threat of disasters on a day-to-day basis and need better access to policies and tools to effectively deal with them.
The Hyogo Framework for Action 2005- 2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters offers solutions for local governments and local actors to manage and reduce urban risk. Urban risk reduction provides opportunities for capital investments through infrastructure upgrades and improvements, building retrofits for energy efficiency and safety, urban renovation and renewal, cleaner energies, and slum upgrading.
Local governments are the institutional level closest to the citizens and to their communities. They play the first role in responding to crises and emergencies and in attending to the needs of their constituencies. They deliver essential services to their citizens (health, education, transport, water, etc.), which need to be made resilient to disasters.