Making Cities Resilient
My City's Getting Ready!
Cities and local governments need to get ready, reduce the risks and become resilient to disasters.
Is your city ready?
The "Making Cities Resilient" campaign addresses issues of local governance and urban risk while drawing upon previous UNISDR Campaigns on safer schools and hospitals, as well as on the sustainable urbanizations principles developed in the UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign 2009-2013. With the support and recommendation by many partners and participants, and a Mayor's statement made during the 2011 Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, the "Making Cities Resilient" campaign will continue to run at least until 2015.
Mayors and local governments are both the key targets and drivers for the campaign.
"I call for the need of world leaders to address climate change and reduce the increasing risk of disasters- and world leaders must include mayors, townships and community leaders."-- Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General at the Incheon Conference "Building an Alliance of Local Governments for Disaster Risk Reduction", Aug 09
Local government officials are faced with the threat of disasters on a daily 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 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 closest level to the citizens and to their communities. They play the first role in responding to crises and emergencies. They deliver essential services to their citizens (health, education, transport, water, etc.), which need to be made resilient to disasters.
Making cities safe from disaster is everybody's business.
National governments, local government associations, international, regional and civil society organizations, donors, the private sector, academia and professional associations as well as every citizen need to be engaged in reducing their risk to disasters. All these stakeholders need to be on board, take on their role and contribute to building disaster resilient cities.