100RC to provide funding for resilience building in Mexico City after earthquake

  • The donation will support the work of  the CDMX Resilience Agency, created in September of this year, as it collaborates with the the Commission for Reconstruction and Resilient Transformation in its response to the September 19 earthquake.
  • Mexico City has been part of the 100 Resilient Cities Program since 2014 and was the first city in Mexico to have a Resilience Strategy and the first to create an agency for the coordination of building-resilience efforts.

100 Resilient Cities Organization – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), has made a $ 750,000 USD contribution to Mexico City to support the reconstruction efforts undertaken after the earthquake that occurred on September 19th.

Michael Berkowitz, president of 100 Resilient Cities, stated that “This support is a sign of our commitment to the city and, we hope, a contribution to the ongoing long term reslience-building vision for CDMX, as we apply the the lessons learned in the aftermath of the earthquake to improve the planning and response of the city and creating a resilient city for all its residents .”

With this donation, the organization provides support in various areas to strengthen the work of the Commission for Reconstruction and Resilient Transformation through the Resilience Agency of Mexico City, recently created for the purpose of improving the capacity of the city to survive, recover, adapt and grow in the face of acute shocks and chronic stresses that put its future at risk.

The mayor, Dr. Miguel Angel Mancera, said that “I want to thank 100 Resilient Cities and the Rockefeller Foundation for this action, an action that without a doubt, commits to each and every one of us who will participate in this task.”

Since 2013, Mexico City has been part of the 100 Resilient Cities program, which is dedicated to helping cities become more resilient to the shocks and stresses that are a growing part of the 21st century. In 2016, CDMX published its Resilience Strategy and in 2017 created a Resilience Agency, being the first city in the country to do so in both cases.

The donation of $750,000 ($500,000 in donations and $250,000 in pro bono services) is for the period starting November 2017 and extending to October 2018, with the objective of strengthening the participation of the CDMX Resistance Agency in the work carried out by the Commission for Reconstruction and Resilient Transformation.

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About 100 Resilient Cities

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.