The 9th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation



26 – 28 April 2018 in Bonn, Germany

Main topics and outcomes of the conference

Consolidated topics that found a home at Resilient Cities 2018

Emerging topics in the resilience debate

Following, a glimpse of the main outcomes of the congress and most pressing priorities:

  • Overall, the scale and speed of resilience challenges are growing for cities worldwide
  • Progress in implementing SDG 11 is on the right track, but multi-stakeholder collaboration must be reinforced. Open forums like the Talanoa Dialogues may provide the right tools to expand such cooperation
  • Cities, towns and regions in Small Islands and Developing States are among the most vulnerable actors in regard to climate change, hence they urgently need global support in their adaptation strategies
  • Cities should protect their cultural and natural heritage to adapt to climate change without losing their identity
  • Financing resilience remains one of the most difficult challenges, but new tools and approaches are emerging, especially to engage the private sector
  • Involving citizens in the early stages of adaptation planning proves to be beneficial for both the city and its people
  • Ways to reconcile urban resilience and increasing digitization – exploring opportunities & threats.

For a more comprehensive view about the outcomes of the Congress and the current status of resilience worldwide check out our 2018 Report. If you want to deepen your understanding of some of the Congress’ topics, instead, take a look at our Online Proceedings.


Resilient Cities 2018 daily digests and pictures

Get the updates and pictures from day 1 of the Resilient Cities 2018 congress.

Get the updates and pictures from day 2 of the Resilient Cities 2018 congress.

Get the updates and pictures from day 3 of the Resilient Cities 2018 congress.

Find all the pictures of the conference on our Flickr account: they are freely downloadable in high resolution!

Resilient Cities 2018 at a glance


Resilient Cities 2018 was part of the Talanoa Dialogue!

Keep update on Twitter with the hashtags #Cities4Talanoa #Regions4Talanoa and #Talanoa4Ambition.


Resilient Cities aims at giving a voice to all local governments around the whole world.

Find out who participated at Resilient Cities 2018!


We provide the forum, speakers share ideas & experiences!

Find out who spoke at Resilient Cities 2018.


Check out the Resilient Cities 2018 full program.

Here you can find the session descriptions & speakers’ presentations!


See a list of the Congress Exhibitors at Resilient Cities 2018!

By visiting the Exhibition, participants learnt about the work on adaptation being done by these organizations!


Want to be part of Resilient Cities’ discussions on Twitter? Don’t be shy! Share questions, experiences, pictures & engage with us through our official hashtag

Mayor of Edmonton Don Iveson's Address to Resilient Cities 2018


Check out the contribution of Don Iveson, Mayor of Edmonton (Canada), highlighting core actions supported by ICLEI such as the Edmonton Declaration and the Cities IPCC Conference.



How do we define a Resilient City?



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