Singapore to join global network by Rockefeller Foundation to build urban resilience
3 Dec 2014
Source: The Straits Times
By: Carolyn Khew
SINGAPORE- Singapore will be joining a global network to build resilience against growing challenges such as extreme weather and rapid urbanisation.
On Wednesday, it was announced that Singapore would be among 35 cities this year to join the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge- a $100 million initiative started by philanthropic Rockefeller Foundation. A total of 100 cities will be selected over three years. In the first round last year, 32 cities were chosen.
Started last year, the initiative hopes to equip cities with the ability to respond to emergencies such as natural and man-made disasters, waning food supplies and rapidly growing populations.
All the cities in the network will get funds to hire a Chief Resilience Officer, who will lead in the planning and implementation of the city's resilience strategy. The network will also be a platform for cities to build on one another's experiences.