New York City – 27 February, 2017 – National and local governments are focusing increasingly on reducing their risks to disasters and the impacts of climate change and, in doing so, turning increasingly to the unique expertise found in research institutes and the private sector.
The Center for Urban Disaster Risk Reduction Resilience (CUDRR+R) and RESILIÉNT/CITY have entered into a partnership to offer decades of experience to address the growing challenges that climate change, information gaps and capacity limitations in government, and rapid urbanization that confront cities.
“Working with a partner like CUDRR+R means that cities and governments can access a complete set of expertise consulting services, from resilient land use and planning to how to include civil society and business interests and enhance risk-based governance,” says Alexander Mirescu, CEO and found of RESILIÉNT/CITY. Co-founder Isaac Preciado, who runs Latin America operations at RESILIÉNT/CITY, agrees: “Recent global agreements like the New Urban Agenda shows cities are the future of governance, so we are especially excited and honored to collaborate with CUDRR+R. Municipalities can greatly benefit by working with the unique set of expertise that CUDRR+R and RESILIÉNT/CITY bring to the table.”
CUDRR+R Director, Ebru Gencer, was instrumental in creating this partnership. “We are very excited to form a partnership with RESILIÉNT/CITY that has immense experience in risk-based governance. Through such a partnership, CUDRR+R will be able to identify capacity gaps in urban governance towards achieving its mission to reduce risks and increase resilience for sustainable urban development.”
According to the United Nations, seven of every ten humans will live in urban areas by 2050. While governments are improving in reducing human losses, cities have experienced skyrocketing rise in direct and indirect economic losses to critical infrastructure and financial systems. Cities are struggling to quickly adapt to extreme climate events so as to mitigate such losses and also reduce secondary effects like forced migration and increased gender and social inequality.
In the face of climate change and rapid global urbanization, Gencer sees that “cities are the hotspot of economic, social and cultural activity and unfortunately losses to disasters are increasing much faster than cities can react and recover. This calls for a well-thought strategy to identify gaps and increase capacity in urban management through the application of physical and non-physical tools. The partnership of CUDRR+R and RESILIÉNT/CITY aims to provide just that.”