Resilient Cities Summary Report - Global developments in urban adaptation and resilience

This report describes the proceedings of the 6th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation - the Resilient Cities forum on urban resilience and climate change adaptation that convened in Bonn, Germany in 2015. The outcomes presented in the report provide a snapshot of the state of urban resilience, including good practices, challenges, and innovations for creating more resilient cities. The report includes general messages from the congress discussions, city case studies, tools and solutions, which are also cross-referenced to additional information and online resources. The summit focused on practical application and implementation, with a prominent track dedicated to financing resilience.

The report presents case studies and lessons learned from around the world, as well as challenges and gaps. Topics included resilient infrastructure, city data and indicators, disaster risk reduction, resilient urban food systems and collaborative approaches. Additional emergent topics such as communicating resilience and resilient public health systems are discussed also.

The report includes summaries of the outcomes of the summit by sub-theme, which also describe new developments and innovations in each area:

  • Financing resilience
  • Mobilizing resilience building through collaborative efforts
  • Resilient infrastructure
  • Disaster risk reduction
  • Data for resilience 
  • Communicating resilience
  • Resilient urban food systems

Related to financing resilience, for example, a discussion on public versus private sector funding is informative while providing examples of implemented adaptation solutions that demonstrate why both forms of funding are effective. The report also describes: a new approach to multilateral funding, the value of subnational financial institutions, and strengthening local capacity and innovation.   


Publication Date: 2015

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  • Best practice
  • Case study
  • Engagement

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