With rapidly increasing urbanization, the global development and risk landscape is witnessing a stark shift. Over half the humanity already living in urban areas and projected to be nearly 66% by 2050 [UN-DESA], urban centers are fast emerging as catalysts for socio-economic development and resilience. Emergence of cities as engines of socio-economic development has resulted in increasing manifestation of multiple hues of risks (disasters, CC, political and economic shocks, crises and fragile contexts etc.) in urban areas with magnifying impacts due to concentration of people, economic activities, socio-economic development assets, critical infrastructure and other developmental sectors. This is redefining the traditional notions of risk management and resilience and underscoring the need for sustainable urban development to realize the SDGs.
Considering that the vulnerability of urban areas goes beyond disaster and climatic risks and that the cities are caught, as IPCC assessment succinctly says, “in a `perfect storm’ of population growth, escalating adaptation needs and substantial development deficits created by a shortage of human and financial resources, increasing levels of informality, poor governance, environmental degradation, biodiversity loss, poverty and growing inequality” [IPCC, 2014], the need for fostering an integrated approach towards urban risk management and resilience building is more pressing today than ever.
The Event will bring together experts and practitioners, national and city stakeholders, civil society and private sector as well as development partners and donors to articulate existing unmet demands and emerging priorities for urban risk management and resilience building and foster key partnerships to advance the implementation of the Urban Risk Management and Resilience Strategy through contextual programmatic action.
The Event will seek to deliberate upon the following viz.
- diagnosing and understanding urban resilience,
- strengthening urban governance to foster risk-informed urban planning and development
- creating avenues for effective engagement of city stakeholders including CSOs and private sector,
- engaging development partners and donors for mobilizing resources for ambitious urban resilience action to reduce increasing developmental impacts of multi-dimensional and systemic risks,
- identifying actionable policy and programmatic interventions to meet existing (unmet) demands and emerging priorities, and
- fostering partnership-based implementation of contextual urban risk management and resilience building programs.