Leaders’ Dialogue

Leader’s Dialogue 2 on Urban Resilience

Urban Resilience: Safeguarding and accelerating the achievement of the SDGs

Day 2 – Wednesday, 16 October 2019
09:05 - 10:30
Ballroom 1 - 2
Mr. Michel Mouchiroud
European Union
European Union
Nora Steurer
Mr. Shobhakar Dhakal
Asian Institute of Technology
Dr. Rudolf Niessler
European Commission
Principal Advisor
Datin Paduka Dr. Dahlia Rosly
Malaysian Institute of Planners
Member of Advisory Council
Dr. Won-Tae Yun
International Climate and Environment Center (ICEC)
Republic of Korea
Mr. Kazufumi Onishi
Kumamoto City
Ms. Juliana Ding
Ramboll Environment & Health
Regional Director
Mr. Sam Kernaghan
100 Resilient Cities
Deputy Managing Director
Asia Pacific
Mr. Emani Kumar
ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability
Deputy Secretary General
Lead Organization
Partner Organizer(s)
Lead Organizer(s)

Mr. Pablo Gándara, International Urban Cooperation Regional Action Asia

Ms. Felicity Tan, The Rockefeller Foundation


Urban resilience involves the capacity of a city to respond to shocks and stresses that can be physical, social, or economic in nature. Stresses are slow onset impacts – e.g. drought, sea level rise, ageing, land use changes, youth unemployment – and shocks are abrupt – e.g. flooding, power cuts, food shortages, economic crisis and disruptions. Fast growing cities in the Asia-Pacific are affected by these challenges with city leaders already innovating and deploying new ideas and implementing measures that will provide tangible benefits for their citizens. Partnerships across all stakeholder groups is key and cities must make efforts to ensure resilience efforts are inclusive and recognize the opportunities and innovations from “bottom-up” processes and the dynamism of the informal sector.

Strengthening urban resilience is crucial to localize the implementation of the Paris Agreement, Sendai Framework, and the New Urban Agenda. While the Paris Agreement is explicit in calling for the involvement of all levels of government in climate change adaptation and mitigation, most adaptation plans at the national level do not focus on sub-national involvement, and urban resilience is often discussed but not practiced. The New Urban Agenda is the main guiding document for urban policy makers while developing innovative solutions to increase their cities’ resilience. Furthermore, governments and development agencies across the region are finding new ways to partner with communities and businesses, scaling up effective solutions, formulating new forms of financing, and we must find ways to champion these efforts and nurture innovation and learning.

In this session, leaders from Asia-Pacific and Europe will debate about urban resilience challenges and future pathways.

Objectives of the Session
Introduction of the Topic
Guiding Questions

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