Barcelona Resilience Week

Building on the success of the Barcelona Resilience Experience in February 2015, UN-Habitat’s City Resilience Profiling Programme, the BCN Urban Resilience Partnership, and the City Council of Barcelona hosted the Barcelona Resilience Week, a global platform for discussion and learning between leading cities and companies working to build more resilient communities all over the world.

The Barcelona Resilience Week has become an international event to share experiences, pool ideas, network and inspire experts, leaders, local governments, companies, research centres, international organizations and academia to continually develop initiatives on urban resilience.

What is cityresilience.org

cityresilience.org is a project of shareholders of City Resilience Profiling Programme (CRPP) with the aim of being a common knowledge facility on resilience for partners of the programme and those interested in urban resilience.
Main goal of cityresilience.org is to provide a site for communication between CRPP shareholders in terms of sharing common information and provide collaborative working tools, and to spread knowledge and provide tools, services and experiences with partners: cities, business, educational and non-profit entities.
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New Vacancies

CRPP New Vacancies

12th Dec.

The City Resilience Profiling Programme is offering 1 new job opportunity:

  • 1 Project Advisor for CRPP Office in Barcelona. Check the full job description and how to apply here.

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


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.

New Vacancies

CRPP New Vacancies

22th Nov.

The City Resilience Profiling Programme is offering 2 new job opportunities:

  • 1 Project Assistant for CRPP Office in Barcelona. Check the full job description and how to apply here.
  • 1 Urban Resilience Officer for Dakar, Senegal. Check the full job description and how to apply here.

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.

Resilient Cities Book Series

Resilient Cities Book Series

The RESILIENT CITIES Book Series aims to analyse the challenges faced by cities and provide an up-to-date body of knowledge, including a systematic collection of global cutting-edge best practices, fundamental to managing the urban transition toward resilience.

We invite researchers and practitioners from a wide-range of disciplines and sectors to submit their contributions to these books, in the form of analytical and descriptive models, conceptual-based/literature review, empirical studies, case-based studies, and solution approaches that can effectively manage the complex challenges of urban resilience under the specific themes of the books.

Find more info: http://www.unescosost.org/en/2016/07/07/resilient-cities-book-call-for-p...



On 30th – 31st May 2016 the kick-off meeting of the RESCCUE project was held in Barcelona, Spain.

Beside of partners' presentations and technical descriptions of work packages, the two-day meeting programme included speeches from Barcelona, Lisbon and Bristol City Councils' representatives, PAB, EASME-EC and UN Habitat members.

York University's MSc in International Humanitarian Affairs (MIHA)

MIAH - University of York

The University of York in the UK, runs an online MSc in International Humanitarian Affairs. The course is designed for humanitarian practitioners and operates very flexibly. The programme is now accepting applications for September 2016.

Please contact Dr Janaka Jayawickrama, Programme Leader, at:
janaka.jayawickrama@york.ac.uk or Dr Jo Rose, Deputy Programme Leader, at: jo.rose@york.ac.uk for further information.

Invitation to apply for York University's MSc in International Humanitarian Affairs (MIHA)

Habitat III - New Urban Agenda

Habitat III

Urban Dialogue on the Zero Draft of the New Urban Agenda

This online dialogue takes place in three phases from 9 May to 8 July 2016 in parallel with the informal inter-governmental meetings and stakeholder hearings taking place in New York. Individuals and organisations from around the world are invited to provide feedback on the zero draft of the New Urban Agenda which is online here .

The online discussion takes place in three phases in parallel with the informal intergovernmental meetings and stakeholder hearings in New York. Please post your comments in the discussion forum here.

UfM and UN-Habitat new MoU

UFM UN-Habitat MoU

6 Apr. 2016. - UfM and UN-Habitat join forces to promote sustainable urban development in the Mediterranean

UN-Habitat Executive Director Dr Joan Clos and UfM Deputy Secretary General for Transport and Urban Development Ambassador Yigit Alpogan signed a Memorandum of Understanding to undertake joint actions for an integrated approach to socially and environmentally sustainable urban development.
Both parties agreed to find common responses to the pressing challenges facing urban areas in the Mediterranean region and have identified several areas of collaboration with special regard to water management, risk reduction and resilience.