The 8th edition of Resilient Cities focused on implementing integrated, sustainable, and resilient urban development plans. Key discussion points included:
(1) how to strengthen new and existing partnerships with relevant sectors and actors at multiple scales;
(2) how to mobilize resources to accelerate local action; and
(3) how to encourage holistic and inclusive approaches.
City representatives from across the globe share their thoughts on resilience building, its challenges and opportunities. The interviews mirrored what they discussed during the 2017 Resilient Cities Congress in Bonn, Germany.
Resilient Cities 2017 brought together over 440 participants including 201 speakers from 58 countries, 61 local government, and a wide range of organizations such as financial institution, international organization, NGO, private firm, and research institution – making the Congress an outstanding platform for learning, sharing ideas, and creating solutions.
“Resilience is not just about bouncing back – retaining a status goal in the face of shocks – you want to use resilience to leap forward” .
“We are not working for international awards but for the present and future of our city. What we really want to show to the world is that a city – a city that was called a failed city – can overcome this and become a brilliant city that gives a good quality of life for the residents. Every problem has a solution and every city has a future.”.
“Having the first-ever insurance industry and cities summit at the Resilient Cities congress 2017 is a way of facilitating the dialogue of the insurance and cities agenda between the insurance industry, cities and also key stakeholders such as civil society organizations.”
“Climate change and peace building approaches do not usually take into account the city’s dynamics. We do not need to re-invent the wheel, there are many worthy tools out there, but they need to be contextualized to the city level”