UN-Habitat’s City Resilience Profiling Programme (CRPP)

As the main UN Agency responsible for ensuring the sustainable development of cities, towns, and other human settlements, UN-Habitat is strategically placed to coordinate the humanitarian and development efforts of multiple actors and policy makers at all levels in the common pursuit of urban resilience. Increasingly our local government partners are asking for more robust tools, guidelines, training, and technical support to better understand the urban systems they govern and reside in.

UN-Habitat's City Resilience Profiling Programme provides local governments with reliable tools to assess and improve their cities and improve the basis upon which decision are made in urban planning, development and governance. CRPP’s approach goes beyond conventional notions of risk reduction towards a holistic model of urban resilience, recognizing the interdependent complexities and unique value of cities.

The CRPP’s comparative advantage is strengthened through key partnerships founded on integrated approaches to urban resilience, with strategic partners including the UNISDR Secretariat, Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, Habitat Partner University Initiative institutions, private sector representatives from the insurance, IT, energy and natural resource industries, as well as city networks including UCLG, Metropolis, and the C40 Climate Leadership Group.


  • Equip urban leaders, planners and developers with tools and information they need to calibrate and measure they resilience in order to make informed governance and investment decisions;
  • Mobilize transformational, sustainable improvements to the physical, spatial, and functional elements of cities to safeguard against multiple hazards (both natural and man-made) and ensure continuity of urban processes and services;
  • Empower cities to ‘do more with what they have’ and catalyze new finance opportunities by promoting resilience as a criterion for investment;
  • Improve accountability in local level policy and budgetary decisions;
  • Provide a common, global understanding of urban resilience through the development of indices and standards.
      Programme Overview:

      The CRPP will deliver the following four unique tangible accomplishments within its 4-5 year implementation timeframe:

      1. Research on Operational Framework:An adaptable urban systems model suitable for all human settlements.
        The urban systems model will adaptable to any settlement, cover all aspects of urban systems (physical, organizational, spatial and functional); and include attributes for multi hazards, risk, vulnerability and preparedness.
      2. Indexing and profiling: A set of indicators, standards, and profiles to support cities for calibrating urban systems ability to withstand and recover from crisis. The project will produce a set of profiles and indices allowing calibration of resilience, based on a factored evaluation of: all hazards; risk; vulnerabilities; and, preparedness leading to urban resilience scores that can be used to base future planning and development trajectories in urban areas.
      3. Tools/Software Development: Software systems that produce city resilience profiles.
        In order to analyze, quantify and determine outcomes from a limited number of key indices, and a very high number of data inputs, appropriate, accessible and reliable computer software will be developed, and provided on request for use by urban managers.
      4. Normative Guidance: Global standards set for urban resilience.
        Most current development standards including building codes and regulations, planning standards, infrastructure and development regulations attempt to balance risk reduction with cost. All risk management tools focus on specific hazard-risk calculations. The programme will produce an integrated urban systems based set of planning and development standards specifically measuring settlements-based resilience.


        Development of the City Resilience Profiling Programme’s tools and methodology relies on the valuable contribution of staff, consultants, experts, interns and volunteers, as well as personnel from our partner organizations. From research to testing, content production to communication, training to administration, the contributions of these colleagues have shaped the urban resilience approach and tools of the Programme. Consult our Legacy List.

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