Increasing resilience remains major challenge to achieving and maintaining sustainable development in many of the world’s cities. Urban areas are increasingly becoming centres of risk as a result of climate change, demographic shifts and insufficient and/or ageing infrastructure. Despite growing challenges, a lack of capacity at the local level remains by far the biggest obstacle to protecting more urban residents from disaster. Raising awareness, sharing knowledge and engaging in technical cooperation with cities are the major work areas of this Programme that touches all areas of city planning, management and functionality.

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municipal staff from 4 local governments trained on approaches to resilience
Within the municipality,
municipalities commit to establishing cross-sector resilience units/boards
Created resilience snapshot profiles in
cities to raise awareness and understanding of resilience challenges in their cities

Related Sustainable Development Goals

Related Sustainable Development Goals

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Donors and partners

UN-Habitat is working with many of these partners to engage in training and awareness raising with local governments through online campaigns, fora, tool development, research and peer learning. These partnerships allow more cities to benefit from UN-Habitat’s tools, guidance and expertise.  


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Esteban Leon
Human Settlements Officer
UN-Habitat Office in Spain