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Resilient Cities Report 2017: Tracking local progress on the resilience targets of SDG 11

Based on the proceedings of the 8th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation 4 - 6 May 2017 | Bonn, Germany.

Resilient Cities is the annual global forum on urban resilience and adaptation convened in Bonn, Germany. The congress series provides an international platform to share the latest knowledge, good practices, challenges, and innovations for creating more resilient cities. It also serves as an annual meeting point to track local progress on the resilience targets of Sustainable Development Goal 11 to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. The congress outcomes present a snapshot of the state of urban resilience, building on discussions and developments from previous years.

The 8th edition of Resilient Cities focused on implementing integrated, sustainable, and resilient urban development plans. Key discussion points included (1) how to strengthen new and existing partnerships with relevant sectors and actors at multiple scales; (2) how to mobilize resources to accelerate local action; and (3) how to encourage holistic and inclusive approaches.

The program featured the first-ever Insuring Resilient and Sustainable Cities Summit as well as the third Urban Food Forum. The sessions addressed emerging links between urban resilience and climate-related health risks, transport systems, land degradation, forced migration, and civil unrest. Contributors also shared lessons learned on financing resilience, disaster risk reduction and adaptation planning, ecosystem-based adaptation and resource efficiency, researcher-practitioner collaboration, community based adaptation, and inclusive governance.

This report reflects the outcomes of Resilient Cities 2017 and broader developments in the field of urban resilience and climate change adaptation. The following pages highlight specific tools, case studies, and solutions from local governments and practitioners around the world. The findings build on those presented in previous Resilient Cities Reports and are cross-referenced to additional resources.