Ciudad Juárez Releases Resilience Strategy

  • Ciudad Juárez today released its Resilience Strategy, a product over one year in the making. The Strategy will allow the city to design integrated solutions that address challenges generated by globalization, climate change and urbanization, and their particular impact on society and the economy.
  • The Strategy’s development was supported by 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) that, in 2014, selected Ciudad Juárez to be part of its global network from more than 1,000 applications globally.
  • The Juárez Resilience Strategy looks toward 2030 and establishes a plan for building resilience in mobility, water management, economic diversification, public space recovery, and cross-border cooperation.

Ciudad Juárez, 22 March 2018.- The Government of Ciudad Juárez today released its Resilience Strategy, which seeks to implement comprehensive solutions to address challenges generated by globalization, urbanization, climate change, and security, as well as their social and economic impacts.

The event was chaired by the Mayor, Héctor Armando Cabada, with the presence of Juárez’s Chief Resilience Officer, Verónica González, and Ana Peñalosa, Head of Communications for Latin America at 100 Resilient Cities.

The Mayor noted that in order to create a more friendly, livable, and dignified city for its citizens, it is of utmost importance for the local government to embody this vision and follow through on the initiatives put forth by the Resilience Strategy.

“We have to work with full responsibility towards a better city, and forget those administrations which placed political interests above the interests of society,” said the Mayor.

The development of the Strategy was supported by 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), and designed by the city’s Resilience Office together with a group of specialists, under the leadership of Verónica González Sepúlveda, the city’s Chief Resilience Officer.

The Strategy, released at the Interactive Museum La Rodadora, was the result of a year of planning to ensure that the resulting product suited the city’s specific needs.

“The objective of the Strategy is to position Ciudad Juárez as an innovative, contemporary, and future-oriented place – all of which are principles promoted by the Resilience Office. To achieve our objectives, it is necessary to collaborate closely with the public sector, civil society, and the education sector,” said Verónica González.

100 Resilient Cities is an initiative of The Rockefeller Foundation dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. In 2014, Ciudad Juárez became one of the first Mexican cities to join the 100RC global network, which includes cities around the world such as Paris, Los Angeles, Barcelona, Bangkok, and Kyoto, among others.

The Juárez Resilience Strategy is structured around a series of priority areas: extreme climate, security, unemployment, and economic inequality. These challenges have been identified as emerging issues which produce a range of chronic stresses and acute shocks for the city.

“Ciudad Juárez faces several challenges in terms of resilience, and this requires finding a balance between needs coming from the populace and from the environment, while simultaneously taking into account other economic, social, and cultural factors. This Strategy outlines concrete steps to reach this objective,” explained Ana Peñalosa, Director of Communications for Latin America at 100RC.

The Strategy also incorporates, in a cross-cutting manner, issues such as: mobility, use and management of water, economic diversification, public space recovery, and cross-border cooperation. As part of the projects led by the Juárez Resilience Office, the winning team in charge of redesigning Plaza Juan Gabriel was announced in January, incorporating elements of urban resilience and innovative architectural and environmental alternatives. To continue this type of critical work moving forward, the Mayor announced that the Municipality will institutionalize a Resilience Directorate in June, to be led by Chief Resilience Officer González.

The full version of the Strategy and additional press material are available online at: resiliencia.imip.org.mx

About 100 Resilience 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.