Approaches to building resilience

Through our City Resilience Profiling Tool, we work with local governments to build data-informed Resilience Action Plans that plan-out risk and build-in resilience. Because the data comes from across the urban system and is verifiable, the resulting action plan is cross-departmental, informed and covers all aspects of the city from infrastructure to social aspects, environment to mobility.

Our approach puts people at its core and our Resilience Action Plans takes all stakeholders into account at every stage of building in resilience. The recommendations from the Resilience Action Plan are fully aligned with local governments’ commitments outlined in global frameworks like the SDGs, New Urban Agenda and Sendai framework, among others.

Cities that engage with UN-Habitat’s Urban Resilience Programme are given access to the City Resilience Profiling Tool, a unique software that provides the framework and process steps needed to diagnose the level of urban resiliency within a city and generate a Resilience Action Plan. UN-Habitat provides the necessary support and guidelines for the city to use the Tool at every stage in the process.

Engagement Process

Cities that engage with UN-Habitat’s Urban Reliance Programme are given access to the City Resilience Profiling Tool. The Tool is a unique software that provides the framework and process steps needed to diagnose the level of urban resiliency within a city and generate a Resilience Action Plan. UN-Habitat provides the necessary support and guidelines for the city to use the Tool at every stage in the process.

Engagement follows a 5-step process.

  1. Letter of Engagement: Signed between the Local Government and UN-Habitat, the formal agreement sets out the scope of work, costs, timeline, and responsibilities of the parties.
  2. CRPT Diagnostic: Local Government staff are trained on the software and diagnostic of the City Resilience Profiling Tool. Data is collected to populate the tool, which creates the profile.
  3. Resilience Action Plan: Based on the data and profile, an integrated action plan is generated with clear priorities.
  4. Monitoring and Assessment: Local government continue to assess progress in resilience by updating the data and generating an updated profile.
  5. Continued Implementation: Local Government continue to implement the action plan across all relevant departments.

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If you would like to find out more or think your city could be a candidate for engagement, contact us: info@cityresilience.org