International Mayors Pledge $5.2 Billion to Urban Resilience Building with 10% Resilience Pledge

10% Resilience Pledge was Developed by 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation, Includes Commitments from 22Cities

Funds To Be Used For Building Urban Resilience In Cities and Implementing Resilience Strategies

PARIS – From the first-ever ‘Resilience Day’ at the 21st Annual Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris, 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) today announced the 10% Resilience Pledge, alongside a group of prestigious mayors from member cities, like Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Paris, France, and Accra, Ghana. An initial group of 22 cities has signed the pledge, totaling $5.2 billion (USD) in commitments.

In signing the pledge, each mayor or city leader commits to dedicating the equivalent of 10 percent of their city’s annual budget toward defined, resilience-building activities throughout their term in office. The announcement coincides with the first-ever resilience-focused convening of United Nations delegates.

100 Resilient Cities Pledge Commitments: Accra, Ghana; Amman, Jordan; Athens, Greece; Berkeley, California (USA); Boulder, Colorado (USA); Bristol, England; Byblos, Lebanon; Cali, Colombia; Huangshi, China; Kigali, Rwanda; Mexico City, Mexico; New Orleans, Louisiana (USA); Norfolk, Virginia (USA); Oakland, California (USA); Paris, France; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (USA); Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Rotterdam, the Netherlands; Santa Fe, Argentina; Toyama, Japan; Tulsa, Oklahoma (USA); Wellington City (New Zealand).

“100 Resilient Cities is proud to stand with the 22 mayors in the global 100RC network who have committed to the 10% Resilience Pledge, as we take action to protect urban centers from challenges related to rapid urbanization, globalization, and climate change,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100 Resilient Cities. “These cities are putting real resources behind their words, signaling to the world that they are committed to building resilience, and doing it now. In doing so, they will no doubt receive additional benefits from the private sector, national and international institutions, and financial organizations – all of whom want to work with cities that are planning for both the known and unknown challenges they face.”

The announcement was made at a high-level event on urban resilience hosted by the Kingdom of the Netherlands during COP21. The pane, “Jump-starting Resilience in Urban Areas: Lessons from global leaders and cities to accelerate progress and investment,” featured officials from the Netherlands, Peru, the United Nations, and other international non-governmental organizations.

Developed with input from mayors around the world, as well as urban budgeting and resilience experts, the 10% Resilience Pledge urges mayors to make the most ambitious commitment to building urban resilience in history.

By signing the 10% Resilience Pledge, network cities will have increased access to the goods and services provided by 100RC Platform Partners – a collection of best-in-class organizations from the private, public, NGO, and academic sectors. These services are valued at up to $5 million USD and will help support urban resilience building to maximize success.

“This pledge is a commitment to the work we have in our future. It will involve very substantial investments. This signature represents millions of dollars for work that will be very beneficial,” said Mexico City Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera Espinosa, during the city’s public signing of the 10% Resilience Pledge on Nov. 11th. “Mexico City is committed to the work of resilience.”

“A resilient city must not only be prepared to address the environmental challenges that the world is facing, but also the longstanding, generational issues around crime, education and income inequality so that no one is left behind,” said New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “New Orleans is making great strides in this regard with major investments in job creation and workforce development, public safety, risk management and green infrastructure. In signing the 10% Resilience Pledge, we are standing alongside global leaders and cities to demonstrate the urgency and viability of resilience-building.”

“This commitment demonstrates our continued efforts within the city of Pittsburgh to build resilience, and it allows us to think strategically and concretely in regards to our allocation of resources in our budgets,” Pittsburgh Mayor William Peduto said.

“The City of Santa Fe is learning from past disasters and ongoing challenges, using those lessons to develop a comprehensive Resilience Strategy. Santa Fe makes today’s commitment to allocate 10% of the city’s budget to resilience projects with responsibility and conviction,” said Santa Fe, Argentina Mayor José Corral. “Incorporating this approach to public policy planning is our challenge, one which will improve our society’s capability to face the complex threats of the 21st century.”

Wellington City Mayor Celia Wade-Brown said, “Wellington combines multicultural social initiatives with innovative earthquake architectural and engineering solutions. We are keen to learn from the Rockefeller partners and share our own lessons.”

“Cities are at the forefront of combating climate change. It is in cities that all issues align, where coalitions across all stakeholders build resilience every day,” said Henk W.J. Ovink, Special Envoy for International Water Affairs, Kingdom of The Netherlands. “National governments must partner with cities and their stakeholders to step up to this challenge! Together with the World Resources Institute and UN Habitat, the Dutch government applauds the 10% Resilience Pledge made by an international coalition of Mayors. This is an inspiring step towards making our communities across the world more resilient and fit for the future.”

“We view the pledge not as a financial burden but as a vital investment in the future of the City and the planet. Berkeley is pleased to join the other cities demonstrating that local government has a crucial role to play in addressing the dire threats posed by climate change and other challenges,” said Berkeley, USA Mayor Tom Bates.


About the Pledge

While each member city will access different budgetary and policy approaches to achieve the 10% Resilience Pledge based on local context, cities may achieve the 10 percent funding goal through:

  1. Funding Resilience Initiatives: Dedicating existing or planned spending that directly supports a city’s defined goals as outlined in its Resilience Strategy. This includes new programs and pilot projects, as well as ongoing programs.
  2. Improving Resilience Value: Leveraging and improving already funded and existing initiatives to help achieve improved resilience, not currently included in a Resilience Strategy. Resilience value can be improved through the application of a “resilience screen” on capital projects, expense budget items and procurements.
  3. Enhancing Policies and Regulations: Implementing programs that leverage or partner with private sector or other third-party organizations to support resilience via policy, regulations or public-private partnerships.

The pledge will call on cities with existing Resilience Strategies to make these committed resources available no later than the start of the city’s 2017 Fiscal Year. Cities developing their Resilience Strategy as part of the 100RC network will incorporate the Pledge and dedicated City funding into their comprehensive resilience strategies.

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. 100RC currently has 67 member cities. For more information, visit: