100 Resilient Cities joins with Responsible Business Forum to innovate sustainable solutions through new ‘laboratory format’

Chief Resilience Officers from Bangkok, Melaka and Jakarta will convene to identify solutions and partners to engage to improve sustainability and urban resilience for their city

SINGAPORE, 10 October 2018 – 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), has joined with the Responsible Business Forum (RBF), co-organised by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Global Initiatives, to pilot an approach to partnership development and address actionable solutions based on the focus of the Forum – the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The seventh edition of the Forum taking place on 11 and 12 October 2018 in Singapore, will focus on the shared responsibility of public and private sector partners and deliver practical solutions to address the SDGs across five critical areas – Climate action, Urbanisation, Circular economy, Human rights and Food & Nutrition.

Moving beyond dialogue to address real time challenges in three ASEAN cities, 100RC will conduct two workshops bringing city leaders from Bangkok, Melaka, Da Nang and Jakarta together to articulate pressing challenges, foster discussions through cross-sharing of knowledge and provide advice to address and contribute to the SDGs, in order to strengthen city resilience.

“Unprecedented changes have taken place within Bangkok in the last decade and this pace of change shows no sign of slowing down. With more people than ever before living in, and engaging with our city, it is a critical time for us to break the cycle of reacting to problems and set out on a more deliberate course to ensure that our city is resilient. In that same vein, we’re thrilled to be a part of the forum and the urbanisation workstream that we seek to bring forth impactful discussions with industry experts around our air quality management and garner potential support,” said Dr. Supachai Tantikom, Chief Resilience Officer of Bangkok.

ASEAN cities are benefiting from the abounding opportunities made possible by emerging smart technologies, however, some have found it challenging to scale up and deploy solutions to prevalent urban challenges. Through this partnership with UNDP and RBF, 100RC – as well as close coordination with the ASEAN Smart Cities Network – can tap onto their existing network and convene member cities, providing them with access to new partnership structures and expertise from the private and public sectors, building their institutional capabilities and elevating existing projects to bolster urban resilience and maintain sustainable development results.

“Our partnership with RBF and UNDP comes at a pertinent time where cities are responsible for 70 percent of global carbon emissions and many, particularly those in Asia, are vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Leveraging the Forum, we can engage with cities in our network to bring forth meaningful and actionable dialogue and provide access to the resources they need to propel their projects forward and contribute to the global urban resilience movement,” said Lauren Sorkin, Managing Director, Asia-Pacific, 100RC.

By the close of the forum and workshops, participating delegates and leaders will return to their cities having identified specific solutions and partners, and committing to measurable outcomes in the pipeline. Over the course of the next year, 100RC together with RBF will commit to quarterly follow up sessions with the cities and partners to advance the implementation of agreed solutions and their contribution to the global SDGs.

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For further information, please contact:

Andrew Brenner, Associate Director, Communications & Marketing, 100 Resilient Cities | abrenner@100rc.org
Abigail Lim, Golin for 100 Resilient Cities | alim@golin.com | +65 6551 5434

About 100 Resilient Cities—Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation

100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each of our cities who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a Resilience Strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges. For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.