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What is urban resilience?

From earthquakes to flooding, rapid immigration to cyber-attacks, all cities face a range of shocks and stresses, natural and human-made. A resilient city assesses, plans and acts to prepare for and respond to all hazards – sudden and slow-onset. By doing so, resilient cities are better able to protect and enhance people’s lives, secure development gains, foster an investible environment, and drive positive change.
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What is Urban Resilience?

From earthquakes to flooding, rapid immigration to cyber-attacks, all cities face a range of shocks and stresses, natural and human-made.

Today, our cities and citizens are facing new and amplified challenges as a result of rapid urbanization, a changing climate and political instability. UN-Habitat supports cities and its inhabitants to face these challenges and become resilient.

UN-Habitat understands urban resilience as the measurable ability of any urban system, with its inhabitants, to maintain continuity through all shocks and stresses, while positively adapting and transforming toward sustainability.

A resilient city assesses, plans and acts to prepare for and respond to all hazards – sudden and slow-onset. By doing so, resilient cities are better able to protect and enhance people’s lives, secure development gains, foster an investible environment, and drive positive change.

Unplanned cities are more vulnerable to shock as they often have pre-existing stresses. In cities that are not prepared for or able to recover from shocks, stresses on the system can accumulate or magnify other challenges.

In view of the present scenario, urban resilience has gained greater prominence over the past decade in the international development discourse and agenda, emerging as one of the core principles of sustainable urban development in the Sustainable Development Goals, the New Urban Agenda, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030.


7 principles for building better cities

More than half of the world's population already lives in cities, and another 2.5 billion people are projected to move to urban areas by 2050. The way we build new cities will be at the heart of so much that matters, from climate change to economic vitality to our very well-being and sense of connectedness. Peter Calthorpe is already at work planning the cities of the future and advocating for community design that's focused on human interaction. He shares seven universal principles for solving sprawl and building smarter, more sustainable cities.
By Peter Calthorpe
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7 principles for building better cities

More than half of the world's population already lives in cities, and another 2.5 billion people are projected to move to urban areas by 2050. The way we build new cities will be at the heart of so much that matters, from climate change to economic vitality to our very well-being and sense of connectedness. Peter Calthorpe is already at work planning the cities of the future and advocating for community design that's focused on human interaction. He shares seven universal principles for solving sprawl and building smarter, more sustainable cities.

 

Peter Calthorpe

Resilience Pills

Resilient Cities Series: Interview with Mayor of Asuncion, Mario Ferreiro

Urban Resilience Hub by UN-Habitat

Yakutsk mayor interview

Full interview with the Mayor of Maputo David Simango

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Partnerships

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. One of our chief aims is to bring more cohesion and understanding around urban resilience thinking, in particular to local governments across the world. Partnerships therefore represent a significant advancement toward achieving that goal.
Medellin Collaboration
for Urban Resilence
Global Alliance
for Urban Crises
RESCCUE
Risk Nexus
Initiative
Urban Resilience Institute
Making Cities Resilient
Campaign
Arctic Resilient
Cities Network
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Careers

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Careers

All vacancies are posted on the UN’s recruitment portal, INSPIRA. Spontaneous candidacies should be sent here office@cityresilience.org.

UN-Habitat regularly works with volunteering through the Online Volunteering Platform.

For all internship opportunities, please consult the UN’s recruitment portal, INSPIRA.

Consult our Legacy List to find out who has directly supported UN-Habitat’s urban resilience work.


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The Library

Urban Resilience Flyer

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Trends in Urban Resilience 2017

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City Resilience Profiling Programe – Volume 11

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City Resilience Profiling Programme – Habitat III Special Edition

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City Resilience Profiling Program – Volume 9

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How Resilient is your City

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City Resilience Profiling Programme

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City Resilience Profiling Programme Volume 2

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City resilience profiling programme Volume 3

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City Resilience Profiling Programme World Urban Forum

English 2014

City Resilience Profiling Programme volume 5

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City Resilience Profiling Programme volume 6

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City Resilience Profiling Programme volume 7

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City Resilience Profiling Programme volume 8

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2017’s Highlights

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Press Kit

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2017 Highlights

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