Outlook Plenary: “The two coming years are vital. Please go back home and transform the world”

Ending Resilient Cities 2014 is impossible; even though the weekend has been long, it has just begun. That is the continuing legacy of these ICLEI congresses: in facing the world’s twin super challenges – urbanisation and climate change – our work must be never-ending and our lessons learned never forgotten. Thankfully, the readiness of participants to return home to get started was radiating from smiling lips and crystal-clear eyes after the outlook plenary.

Financing resilience finally taking off, matchmaking and silos largest obstacles

This year’s finance plenary was optimistic. All panelists agreed that we are finally living the true naissance of resilience and adaptation funding. But we are still not making adequate haste – especially considering that much of our collective available financial resources is sitting idle.