Today we proudly announce the second group of cities selected to join 100 Resilient Cities – cities who have demonstrated a commitment to building their own capacities to navigate the shocks and stresses of an increasingly complex 21st Century.
During our first 18 months, we've seen our first cohort of cities mature, appoint chief resilience officers, and embark on their own resilience strategy processes. No doubt this momentum contributed to the immense response we saw to the second round of the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, with 331 exceptional applications from cities around the world, submitted in seven languages.
Each city was asked to present a clear and compelling description of their major resilience challenges, how they are approaching and planning for resilience to decrease vulnerabilities, and how they plan to partner with us. After exhaustive review of the applications, a panel of esteemed judges including African Development Bank President Donald Kaberuka, President and CEO of the Asia Society Josette Sheeran, and former President of Costa Rica José María Figueres, recommended the next set of 35 member cities.
It wasn’t easy to choose only 35 – we had so many passionate, vibrant entries, hundreds of compelling and inspiring conversations with incredible mayors in applicant cities, and hours of intense internal debate.
Among the winners: A historic safe haven for refugees and religious minorities in the Middle East is innovating to address everything from droughts to floods. And one of the biggest industrial and commercial centers in South Asia is grappling with the importance of how to take preparedness beyond disaster response to deal with challenges ranging from solid waste management to Tsunamis.
Sorted by region, our next cities are:
Latin America and the Caribbean
South, Southeast, and East Asia
Here's a recording of the Dec 3 announcement for those who missed it.
100RC member cities receive four kinds of support:
- The support to hire and empower a Chief Resilience Officer, a central point of contact within each city to coordinate and oversee the resilience activities, coordinate stakeholders, and ensure resilience is a city-wide priority.
- The support for that Chief Resilience Officer to develop a resilience plan, which will take stock of existing efforts, identify priority areas of needs, conduct analysis to understand the interconnected risks and opportunities, and develop a clear and actionable set of priorities and initiatives.
- Access to a platform of services to support the implementation of such a strategy, which may include solutions to spur investments and financing for resilient infrastructure, information technology tools, and policy models for resilience-enabling laws and regulations.
- Connection to other Network members, to share what works, spotlight success, and advance both global and regional dialogues on urban resilience.
Learn more about 100 Resilient Cities:
- The inital announcement of 100 Resilient Cities by The Rockefeller Foundation in 2013
- Our first class of cities
- What we look for in potential member cities
- Our view of city resilience
- An FAQ about 100 Resilient Cities