Message of HRH Prince of Wales Charles

Watch the video here.   His Royal Highness Prince of Wales Charles calls the Resilient Cities congress” vitally important to articulate fully the vision, and help establish ways to build the evidence based galvanize the world for change”   In a video message addressed to all mayors, researchers and youth leaders gathered at the Resilient Cities 2014 congress in Bonn Germany, Prince Charles highlights that the need for integrated approaches for action, saying that “Sustainable urbanization depends upon healthy connection between urban and rural development and that nowhere is this more important than in relation to food and water. The Read more

OPINION: Climate action – just do it

Mairi Dupar, CDKN’s Global Public Affairs Coordinator, reports from a lively discussion at Resilient Cities 2014 on how to win allies for climate compatible development at the local level. “Just do it.” “The power of demonstration.” “Show everybody and get them talking about it.” “Seeing is believing.” These were some of the top messages from a workshop hosted this week by CDKN and ICLEI—Local Governments for Sustainability in answer to the question: “How do you get diverse stakeholders involved in local action on climate change? What is your selling point?” CDKN and ICLEI convened partners from cities around the world Read more

Newsletter Resilient Cities: Day 1

                                                                                                                 Highlights of Resilient Cities Day 1, May 2014 Message from HRH the Prince of Wales at Resilient Cities 2014 Now in its 5th year, the Resilient Cities Congress 2014 opened with a message from His Royal Highness Prince Charles. Read more » Climate Change: Implications for Read more

Bogotá se toma en serio el Cambio Climático

  Con sorpresa y admiración atendí esta tarde la sesión en la que la Secretaría de Planeación de Bogotá expuso el trabajo y los adelantos que en materia de Cambio Climático, se vienen adelantando por parte de esta ciudad. Lo primero a destacar, es que Bogotá figura como una de las pocas ciudades de América Latina que incluye en su plan de desarrollo, el tema de Cambio Climático como eje principal, lo que evidencia una concentración de esfuerzos en materia se sostenibilidad y mitigación de riesgo. De acuerdo a lo enunciado por la secretaria de planeación de la capital colombiana, Read more

Adaptation and Mitigation: Counter-efficient?

Presenters and speakers (from left to right): Nuno Lopes (Head of Environmental Studies and Management Division, City Council of Almada), Astrid Westerlind-Wingstroem (Senior Resilience Expert, ICLEI European Secretariat/Consultant, Freiburg), Robert Kehew (Leader, Climate Change Planning Unit, UN-Habitat, Nairobi), Stelios Grafakos (Lead Climate Change Specialist, IHS, Rotterdam), Juan Carlos (Vargas, Principal, GeoAdaptive LLC, Boston), Holly Vaughan (Adaptation and Resilience Planner, ICLEI Canada, Toronto, Canada), Kaj Fischer (Research Analyst, adelphi consult GmbH, Berlin). Climate change mitigation and adaptation are areas of high priority action in the urban context. While both approaches encompass a process of positive changes, they can also impede the Read more

Resilient Cities 2014 – Some highlights from Day One

It’s the end of the first day of the ICLEI Resilient Cities conference. As is the norm with good conferences, there were more good sessions offered than I could attend, but here are a few of the highlights and take-aways from today: Every presenter, facilitator, and panelist I saw somehow mentioned the need for partnerships, collaboration, and working across silos. Few have discussed HOW to do this (although I think one of the sessions I didn’t attend touched on it). They Mayor from Bonn even said that 2014 is the year of alliances. This is truly a global conference – Read more

Resilient Cities 2014: five questions I’m taking with me

Tomorrow, I will arrive in Bonn, Germany for the ICLEI 2014 Resilient Cities Conference. In addition to a suitcase that’s heavier than I’d prefer, I’m taking with me some big questions I’m hoping to explore through the rest of the week. I’ve narrowed my long list of questions down to five: As people involved in making and governing cities, how are we defining resilience? What are we including and what are our blind spots? When we talk about adaptive capacity, we usually are referring to the size of pipes or storm-surge walls. What does social adaptive capacity of a city Read more


Urban-Nexus: a holistic and comprehensive approach to managing ourselves and our global wealth. 2014 marks the year of alliances between people and organizations, between local and global. Let 2014 be the year we reach out to the world and form alliances. With this, the Mayor of Bonn, Jürgen Nimptsch, highlights the importance of cooperation and collaboration on a macro and micro level. With the same collaborative mindset, the panel of the Urban-Nexus approach stresses that our interlinked and interdependent resources systems require an integrated approach. The focus of the session was on how the Urban Nexus approach and inter-sectorial coordination Read more

Knowledge sharing and skill transfer

Knowledge sharing and skill transfer: Increasing the capacity of developing countries with the help of developed countries. You don’t have to make big investments to get people together and work on shared problems says Jose Miguel Martinez and with this he draws attention to common misconceptions that there is little collective will in society without some financial incentive to remove obstructions and face common challenges together. It is more a question of creating awareness and building the capacity of local and national governments to assess and manage the risks and vulnerabilities their cities face due to climate change. David Wilk Read more

Making climate compatible development pay

Climate Compatible Pay + Climate Compatible Development – Make it or Break it! There has been a lot of talk lately about low carbon development plans, but what is it all about? This meeting had as a basis for implementing this concept the findings of the CDKN tackling challenges of climate change. However, the heart of this challenge lies within implementing this in developing countries that amidst its many problems (poverty reduction, basic services distribution, etc.) is dealing now with climate change as an additional challenge! We need to find a solution to this by scaling up the problem and Read more