Building Safer and Resilient Cities and Settlements

Date & Time:
Tuesday 21 May (14:00-14:55)



United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT)


The cost of urban disasters during 2011 alone is estimated at over $380 billion. The largest impacts were felt in Christchurch, New Zealand; Sendai in Japan, and Bangkok in Thailand. The social and economic costs on these cities were not only felt within the immediate areas, but also nationally and globally. Experience shows that urban settlements and their capacity to withstand and recover from disasters vary considerably. With 50 percent of the world’s population already in cities and substantial projected urban population increases over the coming decades, there is a need for new approaches that strengthen the capacity of local administrations and citizens to better protect human, economic and natural assets of our towns and cities.

The UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign has spurred cities to commit in making their cities resilient and has established a successful monitoring mechanism to review and assist cities in measuring their progress in the implementation of disaster risk reduction.

UNISDR and UN-Habitat with partners such as United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), Marsh and partners of the Making Cities Resilient Campaign will focus on establishing clear standards, city resilience profiles and a menu of tools for cities. Such profiles will be developed through multi stakeholder input. The aim is for cities to be measurably more resilient. The side event will bring together cities, national governments and the private sector to discuss strategies and build safer and resilient urban settlements.

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