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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"The more capacities cities have, the better for the future of humanity, let’s say, in a general sense”

David Simango, Former Mayor of Maputo

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

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Leaving no one and no place behind

Hover over or click the icons to learn about UN-Habitat's work on social inclusion here.

As part of the Urban Resilience Enhancer tools, the programme has developed a Human Rights Enhancer to support local governments plan and implement human rights sensitive resilience actions.

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As part of the Urban Resilience Enhancer tools, the programme has developed a Gender Equality Enhancer to support local governments plan and implement resilience actions in a gender sensitive manner and better understand the interconnections between gender and urban resilience.

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The indicators and benchmarks used in the City Resilience Profiling Tool are sensitive to the specific needs of children, youth and the elderly and consider relevant issues (i.e. youth unemployment) in resilience analysis.

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Sustainable urban development can only be achieved if persons with disabilities are included meaningfully in decision-making and are able to access their rights. UN-Habitat partners with representative groups and individual rights holders, as well as national and local governments, relevant UN bodies and civil society to maximize impact and to meaningfully ensure that the rights including accessibility and universal design of persons with disabilities are promoted, respected and protected. 

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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.