SEDATU and 100 Resilient Cities Establish Agreement to Promote the Resilience of Cities in Mexico

 

The agreement will create a knowledge exchange in order to build resilience in cities and communities throughout Mexico.

First agreement made by 100 Resilient Cities with a national government outside of the U.S.

This collaboration will be managed through designated officials acting as points of contact for the different teams working together.

“What we want to incorporate is the importance of resilience, understood not only as a means to confront risks and overcome natural disasters, but also to introduce a gender perspective and to apply the concept in the urban and territorial sphere,” said Secretary Rosario Robles.

 

NEW YORK – The Mexican Ministry of Agrarian, Territorial and Urban Development (SEDATU) and 100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to undertake cooperation and knowledge sharing with the purpose of promoting an expanded approach to building urban resilience throughout Mexico.

Under this agreement, both 100RC and SEDATU will work together on a range of activities, which includes strengthening technical capacity on urban resilience at the national, state, and municipal levels, as well as generating synergies in methodology to improve diagnostics, analysis, and action plans.

The head of SEDATU, Rosario Robles Berlanga, stressed that Mexico has deep experience in civil protection “and each time as a country we are better prepared to confront risks and overcome those risks; in this way there is a very powerful system for coordination between levels of government.”

“What we want to incorporate is the importance of resilience, understood not only as a means to confront risks and overcome natural disasters, but also to introduce a gender perspective and to apply the concept in the urban and territorial sphere, and to open the door for this vision,” she said.

In addition, the organizations will collaborate on the revision and implementation of the Urban Resilience Guide, the SEDATU Road Manual, the Comprehensive Model for the Calculation and Analysis of the Urban Resilience Profile, as well as other norms, policies, operating rules, and relative guidelines on urban resilience in Mexico.

“The agreement we are signing today is very important because it allows us to strengthen technical capacity, generate synergies and methodologies to establish improvements in diagnostics, analysis and action plans, and strengthen the Network of Resilient Cities that we have formed and which incorporates 16 cities of the Mexican Republic,” said the Head of SEDATU.

This is the first working agreement signed by 100 Resilient Cities to carry out work at the national level outside of the U.S., outside of that being done with local governments in each of the network’s member cities.

The collaboration between SEDATU and 100RC will be focused on Colima, Mexico City, Ciudad Juárez, and the Metropolitan Area of Guadalajara, all of whom are 100RC Network members selected for their commitment to implement projects that strengthen resilience. Likewise, the institutions will collaborate to promote resilience in other cities that have already undergone a SEDATU Urban Resilience Profile.

“The SEDATU Sector Program through 2018 seeks to encourage the planned growth of human settlements, population centers and metropolitan areas, as well as to consolidate compact, productive, competitive, inclusive and sustainable cities that facilitate mobility and increase the quality of life of its inhabitants,” said the head of SEDATU, Rosario Robles. “In this sense, we are proud to count on 100 Resilient Cities as an ally in achieving these established goals, and to promote a resilient Mexico,” she added.

This collaboration will be managed through designated officials acting as points of contact for the different teams working together.

Michael Berkowitz, President of 100RC, commented that: “100 Resilient Cities supports cities in addressing the acute shocks and chronic stresses that threaten their ability to survive, adapt, and grow in the 21st century. Through the exchange of knowledge and experience with SEDATU, it is possible to take advantage of joint learning processes and to streamline the implementation of policies and projects for building strong, resilient cities.”

The collaboration between SEDATU and 100RC will have an initial tenure of two years, which may be extended for an additional period of equal duration.

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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.