100RC & C40 Cities Announce Partnership to Jointly Advance Climate Change & Resilience Efforts

Cities Around The World Will Have More Resources To Develop Resilience And Climate Action Plans As A Result Of New Partnership

New York, NY – Two of the world’s leading urban networks and policy organizations, 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) and C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group (C40), today announced a partnership. The collaboration will leverage resources and facilitate cooperation between the two groups, along with member cities, to ensure for robust climate change and resilience plans.

Urban Resilience is the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt, and grow no matter what kinds of chronic stresses and acute shocks they experience.  By focusing on both shocks and stresses, cities can prepare for a wide range of challenges both known and unknown, as well as become better in both good times and bad.  Both organizations recognize that climate change policy is central to robust urban resilience and are committed to ensuring that the work to prepare for the impacts of climate change has a broad range of benefits – for job growth, health, social cohesion and more.  The partnership will help ensure that cities maintain the necessary focus on climate change while also realizing these multiple benefits.

39 cities are members of both 100RC and C40 – an overarching goal of the partnership is to leverage the resources and expertise of the two organizations for these joint member cities as well as cities more broadly. This will include 100RC and C40 disseminating tools to cities, that include financing solutions to implement adaptation projects, facilitating city to city exchange and support to cities developing and implementing their climate change mitigation, adaptation and resilience plans.

“C40 is a global leader in driving urban action on climate change, and has been a collaborator with 100RC since our inception” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities. “We are thrilled to formalize our partnership to improve climate mitigation and resilience planning in cities worldwide. This partnership will capitalize on the resources we offer cities, and ensure that cities take a holistic, inclusive approach when addressing the challenges that lie ahead.”

“100RC has a fantastic track record of helping cities to plan for the long term and prepare for whatever the future holds,” said Mark Watts, Executive Director, C40. “The reality is that the future for cities worldwide will mean greater threats from climate change. C40 cities are committed to action on climate change which also means building their resilience to its effects. Thanks to our partnership with 100RC we can provide even greater support to those efforts.
About the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group
The C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, now in its 11th year, connects more than 85 of the world’s greatest cities, representing 650+ million people and one quarter of the global economy. Created and led by cities, C40 is focused on tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks, while increasing the health, wellbeing and economic opportunities of urban citizens. The current chair of the C40 is Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes; Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo is Chair-elect; and three-term Mayor of New York City Michael R. Bloomberg serves as President of the Board. C40’s work is made possible by our three strategic funders: Bloomberg Philanthropies, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation (CIFF), and Realdania. To learn more about the work of C40 and our cities, please visit www.c40.org, follow us on Twitter @c40cities or Instagram @c40cities and like us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/C40Cities.

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.

C40 Contact Info: Josh Harris (jharris@C40.org)
100 Resilient Cities: Andrew Brenner (ABrenner@100RC.org; 646-612-7236)