Resilient Cities

Resilient Cities – The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation – is hosted every year in Bonn.

In 2010 ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change and the City of Bonn, Germany launched Resilient Cities, the first forum on cities and adaptation to climate change (in 2012 renamed as Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation).

More than 500 participants and beyond 30 partners each year helped make Resilient Cities a milestone event connecting local government leaders and climate adaptation experts to discuss adaptation challenges facing urban environments around the globe.

Resilient Cities also supports the annual Bonn Declaration of Mayors – written by local leaders during the Mayors Adaptation Forum, organized with the World Mayors Council on Climate Change.

Resilient Cities 2018 was an official Talanoa Dialogue with an exciting program with new and ongoing discussion streams and many programatic highlights!

See which cities were represented at the congress, discover our special Cities and Regions in Focus Sessions and check out ICLEI’s comprehensive activity on resilience city.

Meet the Resilient Cities Team

Evgenia Mitroliou
Program Manager
Ute Göldner
Program Team
Matteo Bizzotto
Program Team
Ayan Huseynova
Events Team
Ina Yanakieva
Events Team



“Cities should welcome a transformation towards climate-safe, sustainable development because cities are uniquely vulnerable”

Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary UNFCCC; Co-Patron of Resilient Cities 2017&2018

“We need to learn from the past,
learn by doing,
learn by collaborating,
learn by observing”

Oscar Pelin, Project Manager, City of Malmö, Sweden

“Collaboration between city, local government council and research institutions is one of the most practical way of achieving SDG goal 11.”

Lessah Mandoloma, Lecturer, Natural Resources Management, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Malawi

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