6th Resilient Cities congress to focus on financing resilience
6 Jun 2015
The 6th Resilient Cities congress will open on Monday, 8 June, welcoming over 300 city officials, experts and climate negotiators. Organized by global cities network ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, the congress is the leading global platform on urban resilience and climate change adaptation.
This year’s congress will take stock of the lessons learned from recent natural disasters such as the earthquake in Nepal, and explore financing solutions to help cities best prepare for the worsening effects of climate change. It will also seek to encourage new partnerships from public and private sectors and across various fields of expertise.
Participants will discuss innovative examples of how cities, donors, investors, and intermediaries are reimagining traditional models to direct resources toward urban resilience-building. The new format “Cities in Focus” session will also show how cities such as New York, Tshwane, Pemba and Quemaline approach similar aspects of adaptation and overcome common challenges.
“Cities are moving quickly from planning to action, but are held back by a lack of financial and technical resources. The Resilient Cities will explore the emerging partnerships, investment mechanisms and tools that help bridge the gaps in financing urban leadership”, said ICLEI Secretary General Gino Van Begin.
The congress will take place in parallel with the UN Bonn Climate Conference (Bonn Climate Talks) where countries are currently negotiating the draft pre-agreement to be adopted in Paris at the end of the year. ICLEI is actively participating in the talks to ask negotiators to incorporate specific text in the Paris agreement speaking of the need for enhanced action and the incentivizing of climate action by subnational authorities, including local governments.
UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres remarked: “Resilient Cities 2015 offers a great opportunity to mobilize greater climate action and greater support for a dynamic climate change agreement that helps keep citizens and economies healthy and sustainable.”
On Monday, 8 June 2015, Bonn Mayor Jürgen Nimptsch will host a Mayors dinner with UNFCCC Executive Secretary Christiana Figueres, ADP co-chair Ahmed Djoghlaf and some negotiators to exchange ideas on strengthening the position of local and subnational governments in the negotiations.
“Being home to the ICLEI World Secretariat, Bonn has actively supported the Resilient Cities from the very beginning. This year marks the first time that the congress will run parallel with the Bonn Talks, opening up new opportunities for dialogue and cooperation. In the run-up to Paris, we are also following up on the outcomes of Sendai and orienting ourselves towards Quito”, said Bonn Mayor Jürgen Nimptsch.