With a focus on future jobs and gender equality, the City today released its first Resilience Strategy, developed with the support of the global 100 Resilient Cities network, which Buenos Aires joined in 2016.
Buenos Aires – The Buenos Aires Government today presented Buenos Aires Resiliente, a strategy that will implement holistic solutions in the face of challenges caused by globalization, urbanization, and climate change, and their impacts at the social and economic levels.
Developed with the support of the international network 100 Resilient Cities – pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), the Resilience Strategy of the City of Buenos Aires is the first to incorporate among its pillars the jobs of tomorrow and gender equality.
“Buenos Aires Resiliente is people-centered and focuses on future dilemmas that will affect residents. For that, we have to anticipate the challenges of the jobs of the future, with policies that empower all the talent that porteños have, and which also promotes diversity and ensures that men and women have the same opportunities to develop their full potential,” said Horacio Rodríguez Larreta, Head of Government of the City of Buenos Aires.
Along these lines, the strategy seeks to consolidate Buenos Aires as a world leader in the encouragement and generation of talent. For this, the document proposes to innovate in the field of education and teach the skills that tomorrow’s jobs will demand. Likewise, the strategy incorporates a priority chapter through which to guarantee gender equality and enhance diversity, and additionally seeks to make Buenos Aires a sustainable city.
“Buenos Aires Resiliente is a development plan for 2030, which reaffirms our international commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals and incorporates many of the axes on which we will collaborate with other global cities through Urban 20,” explained Fernando Straface, Secretary General and International Relations for the City.
The development of the strategy was supported by 100 Resilient Cities, a global network which helps cities around the world to be more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges they face in the 21st century. Among other cities, San Francisco, Barcelona, London, Mexico City, Paris, Cali, Bangkok, and Rio de Janeiro also participate.
Buenos Aires Resiliente is divided into five pillars: social and urban integration; innovation, talent, and opportunities; diversity, gender, and coexistence; environment and sustainability; and security and risk management. In addition, it includes new resilience projects for the City’s government plan.
In the elaboration of the Resilience Strategy, Buenos Aires underwent an exhaustive analysis of its physical, natural, and social context, and of the threats to which the City is exposed. All areas of the City Government, civil society organizations, the academy, the private sector, and residents participated.
Some of the outstanding initiatives are the following:
- Migration in BA. As a global city that attracts talent, Buenos Aires seeks to anticipate the challenge of a potential wave of migration and its impact on education, health, employment, and housing systems, and design policies to enhance the benefits of being a diverse and cosmopolitan city.
- Future of employment. The City seeks to anticipate accelerated changes in the labor market produced by new technologies. To this end, the City seeks to build bridges between the labor market and the education system, new teaching and learning methodologies, and enhance the productive profile of the city.
- Accessible and safe mobility for all. Through participatory mapping with women in the city’s neighborhoods, the Buenos Aires government will design policies that improve the mobility experience for the main users of public transportation.
- Green roofs in schools. As part of a pilot program, the City will build green roofs in selected schools in communes 3, 5, and 10. These covers have environmental benefits (carbon dioxide absorption, rainwater retention, temperature reduction) and are innovative spaces for student learning.
- Commitment to gender equity in the labor market. The Buenos Aires government will work together with the private sector to reduce gaps, achieve equality in the labor market, and enhance the economic autonomy of women.
“From the City, we work towards development that is sustainable and in harmony with the environment. That is why we add new green spaces, more trees, and promote the separation of waste. The Resilience Strategy incorporates these initiatives and provides added value by proposing innovative solutions, such as green roofs in schools,” said Eduardo Macchiavelli, Minister of Environment and Public Space for the City.
“The launch of Buenos Aires Resiliente is a milestone for the city and our partnership. It brings a holistic approach to address the stresses to which the city is exposed, consolidates the status of Buenos Aires as a leading and innovative city at a global level, and establishes a clear vision to build resilience in the face of the challenges of the 21st century,” added Eugene Zapata, Managing Director for Latin America at 100 Resilient Cities.
The full version of the strategy is available at:
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 the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each member city 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.