Associated Cities Selection Criteria

The criteria used to select associated cities include:
  1. Willingness to participate: The CRPP programme will develop an integrated urban systems model, quantification and measurement systems, analysis and indexing systems, software for city planners and managers, and a set of resilience-based standards and guidelines. To ensure practical and useful outcomes, associated cities will be involved from the early stages through the research and development, testing and profiling, and eventual advocacy and policy-making processes. Demonstration associated cities should have high willingness at both political and managerial levels to participate in CRPP development and invest time and resources in this endeavor.
    Indicators: City Mayor and senior staff endorses expression of interest; ISDR Campaign member; DRR policies/budget in place; Focal points (departments and staff) identified and committed.
  2. Availability of data: Pilot cities should have reasonable quantity and quality of data; or interest to invest time and resources in developing data collection models to allow testing of the CRPP’s urban systems framework and the software to be developed under the programme.
    Indicators: Hazard/risk assessments; climate change adaptation assessments; vulnerability assessment; capacity assessment; output from UNISDR’s Local Government Self-Assessment Tool, PD/PCNA’s, Maplecroft reports.
  3. Promotional impact: To ensure replicability of the City Resilience Profile tools, associated cities will also demonstrate a commitment to sharing information, producing promotional materials, and participating in regional and global events showcasing the City Resilience Profiling. Cities attracting international attention either as a result of exposure to multi-hazard events, or due to their efforts to reduce disaster impacts are preferred as associated cities.
    Indicators: Large-scale disaster events database; major reconstruction programmes complete or underway; UN-Habitat World Urban Campaign associated cities; membership in one or more city networks (UCLG, Metropolis, etc.), UN-Habitat associated cities engaged in technical cooperation programming.
  4. Network linkages: Not all cities have resources and capacity to implement robust resilience-based urban development programmes. There are however, many examples of cities working together through south-south, north-south and triangular cooperation initiatives. These partnerships make good use of expertise, experience, and resources to assist and support a range of activities of common interest to all cities. Cities already inter-linked through city-to-city dialogue or partnerships, and with a commitment to expanding their engagement with the City Resilience Profiling Programme will be preferred;
    Indicators: City-to-city agreements in place; membership in one or more city networks (UCLG, Metropolis, etc.); ongoing joint programming underway.

    Associated Cities Application