Habitat III - One UN Pavilion
  • Thursday 20
  • Climate Change and Urban Disaster Resilience: Current and Future Challenges

    One UN Pavilion
    Venue: One UN Pavilion - Room B
    Lead Organization:
    United Nations Educational Scientific And Cultural Organization (UNESCO) United Nations University (UNU), WMO (World Meteorological Organization)

    Disaster risk in cities is on the rise due to the intersection of two global megatrends: urbanization and climate change. The side event aims at providing a state-of-the-art overview and reflection on knowledge based solutions for improving urban resilience and reducing urban risks from natural and climatic hazards. Combining science, practice and policy-makers, the session will offer answers to three main questions of urban sustainability: - Which future trends in urban risk are to be expected, particularly in countries with rapid urbanization and high exposure to natural and climatic hazards? - Which opportunities do exist to harness the social and economic development potential of urbanization for the long-term mitigation of risk and the facilitation of sustainable adaptation? - How can, and should, long-term and proactive risk reduction in the city be guided by different adaptation paradigms of resistance, resilience and/or transformation? This integrated, solution driven side event proposed by UNESCO, UNU and WMO will: - Address needs, gaps, and a way forward to develop city-tailored guidelines for integrated knowledge tools to build resilient urban communities from natural and climatic hazards - Establish national, regional and international partnerships - Transfer knowledge via sharing experiences of good practices and innovation.