Launch of “How to Make Cites More Resilient: Handbook for Local Government Leaders”- A contribution to the global campaign 2010-2015 : Making Cities Resilient - My City is Getting Ready!, UNISDR

Thursday 19 April 2012

To raise commitment among local decision makers and city leaders, in 2010 UNISDR and its partner organisations launched the global campaign “Making Cities Resilient – My City is Getting Ready!”

The objectives of the Campaign are to increase understanding and encourage commitment by local and national governments to make disaster risk reduction and resilience and climate change a policy priority and to bring the global Hyogo Framework closer to local needs.

The Campaign spans an increasing global network of engaged cities, provinces and municipalities of different sizes, characteristics, risk profiles and locations, that can help and learn from each other, enhance knowledge, and transfer expertise and technical support to achieve the objective of building resilience. The “Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient” form the guiding principles for these commitments, helping to establish benchmarks for disaster resilience in cities.
This Handbook is designed primarily for local government leaders and policy makers to support public policy, decision making and organization as they implement disaster risk reduction and resilience activities. It offers practical guidance to understand and take action on the “Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient,” as set out in the global campaign “Making Cities Resilient: My City is Getting Ready!” 

The Handbook is built on a foundation of knowledge and expertise of Campaign partners, participating cities and local governments. It responds to the call for better access to information, knowledge, capacities and tools to effectively deal with disaster risk and extreme climate events. It provides an overview of key strategies and actions needed to build resilience to disasters, as part of an overall strategy to achieve sustainable development, without going into great detail and is structured around the following key chapters:

  • Chapter 1. Why Invest in Disaster Risk Reduction?
  • Chapter 2. What are the Ten Essentials for Making Cities Disaster Resilient?
  • Chapter 3. How to Implement the Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient

Each city and local government will determine how these actions apply to their own context and capacities. There is no one-size-fits-all solution.

The annexes to this Handbook contain more detailed information, including links to electronic tools, resources and examples from partner cities.

A web-based information platform, where cities and local governments can share their own tools, plans, regulations and practices, complements the Handbook and will be available through the Campaign website.
Throughout the Handbook we refer to “cities” and “local governments.” The approach to resilience, as described, also applies to sub-national administrations of different sizes and levels, including at regional, provincial, metropolitan, city, municipal, township, and village level.
Dilanthi was a partner of this initiative, as part of her role as an Advisor to the “UNISDR Making Cities Resilient - My City is Getting Ready!” campaign.