Partners in the national launch of the Resilient Cities campaign

The Ministry of Disaster Management and the Disaster Management Centre led the national launch in partnership with Ministry of Local Government, CDR, CDR, University of Salford UK, Practical Action, UNDP Sri Lanka and UNISDR.

This national launch of the Making Cities Resilient Campaign 2010-2015 was carried out in association with the International Conference on Building Resilience: Interdisciplinary approaches to disaster risk reduction, and the development of sustainable communities and cities, Heritance Kandalama, Sri Lanka, 19th – 21st July 2011.

The launch provided an appropriate backdrop for policy, academic and practitioner audience to explore how they may support the campaign's goal: to help cities and local governments to get ready, reduce the risks and become resilient to disasters.

The launch of the Campaign aimed to:

  • To increase the knowledge and awareness of urban risk issues and solutions, as well as the role of local governments in addressing disaster risk at all levels (communication drive, adaptable to local needs and languages)
  • To raise the political profile of disaster risk reduction for local governments and local governance, to improve the development investments to reduce risk and to provide stronger synergy between local and national policies (promote “compacts” between local and national authorities).
  • To develop a “Hyogo Framework for Local Governments” guide, enhance and disseminate technical tools to apply risk reduction at local levels (promote training, capacity development opportunities; city-to-city learning).

An overarching objective was to reach out to the public - citizens of cities and communities- to raise the general awareness levels and engagement for sustainable risk reduction and preparedness.

The UNISDR press release associated with this national launch is available here.

Details on the UNISDR ‘Making Cities Resilient’ campaign is available on their website.