The World Cities Scientific Development Alliance (WCSDA) was established in 2009, with the goal of promoting sustainable urban development, creating liveable environments in cities, which aim to be disaster resilient and climate‑change‑proof, both within and outside China. The WCSDA offers mutual opportunities for policy dialogue on urban governance, exchange of successful experience and new technologies for sustainable city development. The Alliance also promotes understanding and respect for cultural diversity, for a harmonious and peaceful world.
Disaster Reduction Goal
Raise people’s awareness of disaster prevention and reduction and make cities more resilient to disasters;
Improve the disaster response capacity of urban system and strengthen world cities’ capacity in disaster prevention and reduction;
Promote world cities sustainable development.
Policies and Programmes in DRR
Shape a strategic platform for world cities sustainable development;
Organize an internationally authoritative expert committee for sustainable urban development;
Come up with an assessment system and tool for resilient cities;
Window of global disaster risk reduction and sustainable urban development networks;
Organize disaster risk reduction conference annually;
Establish an international emergency relief training center to provide training programs covering all systems of Chinese cities.
Membership in Key Networks
Strategic partnership with UNISDR;
Strategic partnership with Sister Cities International;
Technically supported by China Institute of Geo-Environment Monitoring, Ministry of Land and Resources of the People’s Republic of China;
Academically supported by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences;
Launching and operational unit of international emergency relief training programs in China;
Unit calling up 4 + 1 Urban Catastrophe Insurance Laboratory Topics in China.
Making disaster risk reduction a policy priority, institutional strengthening (HFA 1)
Training programs and high-level workshops for cooperation and interaction among cities
Risk assessment and early warning systems (HFA 2)
Promote and share experiences of example cities in disaster resilience.
Education, information and public awareness (HFA 3)
Mayors’ Summit on Disaster Risk Reduction
Reducing underlying risk factors (HFA 4)
International exhibition on emergency relief materials
Preparedness for effective response (HFA 5)
Organize an internationally authoritative expert committee for world cities sustainable development
Shape the idea of establishing an emergency relief system for China and the pan-Asia-Pacific region at large
Making Cities Resilient Campaign Activities
Propose an assessment system and tool for disaster resilient cities;
Establish an international emergency relief training center of the WCSDA to provide trainings covering all city systems in China
Disaster Risk Reduction Focal Point(s)
Strengthen regional cooperation to reduce urban disaster risks and carry out training programs for mayors and local government officials.
Room 1511-1516, Building 1, Administrative Area, Service Bureau, Goods and Materials Office, SASAC No.25 Yuetan North Street, Xicheng District 100834 Beijing China