100RC and City of Athens Host First Convening of Global City Leader Advisory Committee and High Level Forum on Metropolitan Governance and Resilience

100RC convenes first gathering of its City Leader Advisory Committee meeting, including Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis, formally launched in July 2017

The Athens Mayors’ Forum on Metropolitan Governance and Resilience brings together influential mayors and international experts to discuss how cities and metropolitan regions can reach their full potential – economically, socially, and culturally

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ATHENS, GREECE – Today, as crews scramble to clean up an oil spill from a sunken tanker which has spread to some of most popular beaches across the Athenian Riviera, some of the world’s leading Mayors convene at the inaugural meeting of the City Leaders Advisory Committee, an initiative of the 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation. Launched in July 2017, the Committee is comprised of eleven city chief executives that advise on policy and advocacy, act as global champions, and help 100RC identify and prioritize key issues essential to building urban resilience in its member cities and beyond. The meeting of the Committee also coincides with the Athens Mayors’ Forum on Metropolitan Governance and Resilience, co-led by Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis and 100RC, bringing a spotlight to the regional challenges and opportunities of resilience building efforts.

This inaugural Committee gathering in Athens focuses on how cities and regions can best respond to massive urbanization, climate change, and globalization. In view of the ecological and environmental situation in Athens at the moment, however, Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis, supported by the know how and expertise available within the 100RC Network, has invited Mrs. Isidora Nanou, Mayor of Salamina, an island in the Saronic Gulf where the 45-year-old tanker Agia Zoni II sank on Thursday, to directly reach out to the Mayor of Rotterdam, Mr. Ahmed Aboutaleb, who offered to provide immediate advice and on-the-ground support in order for the city to respond to the urgent situation it is faced with. This is a tangible example of how the guidance, know how and expertise of the city leaders taking part in the Advisory Committee, can serve as a continuous guide to cities in the 100RC Network and beyond – especially as 100RC and its member cities ramp up the pace of initiative and project implementation at the local level.

The founding members of the City Leaders Advisory Committee are:

  • Monica Barone, Chief Executive of Sydney, Australia
  • Megan Barry, Mayor of Nashville, USA*
  • José Isabel Blandón Figueroa, Mayor of Panama City, Panama*
  • Carlos Gimenez, Mayor of Miami Dade County, USA
  • Giorgos Kaminis, Mayor of Athens, Greece*
  • Diriba Kuma, Mayor of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
  • Kunal Kumar, Commissioner of Pune, India
  • Patricia de Lille, Mayor of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Ye Lwin, Mayor of Mandalay, Myanmar
  • Claudio Orrego, Intendente of Santiago de Chile, Chile*
  • Ahmed Aboutaleb, Mayor of Rotterdam, The Netherlands*

*were present at inaugural meeting.

“I am especially happy that the Athens Mayors’ Forum, initiated by the City of Athens and coinciding with the inaugural meeting of the City Leaders Advisory Committee, gathers esteemed mayors, city officials and distinguished guests, both from Greece and from all around the globe. Our cities often step in to fill the gaps left by central governments. They come together, they form alliances and they create networks. Today, we highlight that metropolitan governance is closely linked with issues such as the need for institutional and legal arrangements both at a municipal and metropolitan scale, the introduction of better and more targeted funding mechanisms and the establishment of well-functioning innovative systems that enhance collaboration between all stakeholders. We agree to coordinate action to address difficulties arising due to complex and overlapping competences between the cities and the central state that appear on many occasions hindering the dynamic role and prospect of local authorities and failing to provide solutions to pressing urban resilience matters”, said Athens Mayor Giorgos Kaminis.

“The importance of convening the City Leaders Advisory Committee at this moment cannot be emphasized enough. With mayors and city leaders taking on a growing share of political leadership around the globe, we look to this Committee to help advise our mission and direction in building more resilience cities and, ultimately, a more resilient world,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities. “These city leaders bring a wealth of expertise and knowledge that is a tremendous asset to the efforts of our entire network. I am certain that the City Leaders Advisory Committee will forge a path forward for the global urban resilience movement that will make our cities, and all those who reside within them, more resilient for generations to come.”

“The City of Athens is proud to host this event, marking the start of shifting mindsets in cities around the globe. It stresses that building long-term urban resilience will enable cities to reach their full potential,including and requiring extended metropolitan authorities. Such global trends are reflected and guide our recently launched Athens Resilience Strategy for 2030”, said Eleni Myrivili, Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Athens.


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.