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 will focus on:

  • Stocktaking: Reviewing the state of urban resilience & local implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (cross-cutting);
  • Social cohesion: Building resilient urban societies;
  • Resilient and resource efficient cities: transition toward a circular economy; and
  • Private sector engagement in resilience building: Reinventing business as usual.

Congress themes also include current and pressing issues such as ecosystem-based adaptation, managing climate-related health risks, data and ICT resilience, and evidence-based adaptation planning. Check the detailed list of new themes here.

“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