A Resolution urging the Council of Europe, mayors and local authorities to address urban resilience by embracing the “Ten Essentials” of the Making Cities Resilient campaign. The Resolution was adopted by the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities, Council of Europe, in the 22nd session, Strasbourg, on 20-22 March 2012.
The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities resolution 339 affirms its commitment to disaster risk reduction and that its objectives are fully in line with those of the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient campaign to raise the awareness of citizens and governments, use local government budgets, and include disaster risk reduction in participatory development and planning processes; it calls on local and regional authorities in Council of Europe member states:
a. to sign up to the Making Cities Resilient campaign and thereby share best practices with other cities;
b. to adopt an integrated approach to the issues of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation and mitigation;
c. to boost their capacity in terms of building resilience to climate change and natural disasters, disaster risk management and climate change adaptation;
d. to draw up and implement strategic programmes and action plans based on the integrated management system.
The Congress also encourages the sharing of knowledge between national authorities of the Council of Europe member states and their cities and the development of sharing platforms, assigning high value to traditional knowledge; calls for the development of an overarching, equitable multilevel governance framework for disaster risk management and resilience building throughout Europe, which the action of European cities must fit in with.
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