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.

UN-Habitat’s approach to strengthening urban resilience as a key determinant for ensuring the effectiveness of response interventions during times of crises, and subsequent sustainable development, is embodied in its Cities Resilience Profiling Programme (CRPP).

The CRPP goes beyond conventional approaches to ‘risk reduction’, delivering a forward-looking, multi-sectorial, multi-hazard, multi-stakeholder model for building resilience that recognizes the complexities and unique value of cities, and the inherent interdependencies of each part of an urban system.

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.
  • CRPP Milestones
    • UN-Habitat launches competition for partner cities


    • UN-Habitat and Barcelona City Council signed Contribution Agreement
    • CRPP selects 10 partner cities
    • Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction
    • UN-Habitat opens CRPP Headquarters in Barcelona and launches International Urban Resilience Institute (URI)
    • Smart City Expo
    • City Resilience Profiling Programme (CRPT) debuts


    • CRPT pilot starts
    • C40 Mayors Summit
    • CRPP signs new partnerships
    • UN-Habitat World Urban Forum 7
    • World Bank City Creditworthiness Academy
    • 4th International Conference on Building Resilience/ANDROID Disaster Resilience Network
    • UN Secretary General climate Summit


    • World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction
    • City Profiles and Resilience Indices and Standards developed
    • 25th UN-Habitat Governing Council


    • World Humanitarian Summit
    • Launch Global Standards for Urban Resilience
    • Habitat III Conference