Climate change and urban disaster resilience: UNESCO, WMO & UNU session at Habitat III

When, local time: 
Thursday, 20 October 2016 -
8:30am to 11:30am
Where: 
Ecuador, Quito
Type of Event: 
Category 4- International Congress

Risks of disaster is on the rise in cities due to the intersection of two global megatrends: urbanization and climate change. The side event aims at providing a state-of-the-art overview and reflection on knowledge based solutions for improving urban resilience and reducing urban risks from natural and climatic hazards.

The side event aims at providing a state-of-the-art overview and reflection on knowledge based solutions for improving urban resilience and reducing urban risks from natural and climatic hazards.
Combining exeperiences from science, practice and policy-makers, the session will offer answers to three main questions of urban sustainability:

• Which future trends in urban risk are to be expected, particularly in countries with rapid urbanization and high exposure to natural and climatic hazards?
• Which opportunities do exist to harness the social and economic development potential of urbanization for the long-term mitigation of risk and the facilitation of sustainable adaptation?
• How can – and should – long-term and proactive risk reduction in the city be guided by different adaptation paradigms of resistance, resilience and/or transformation?

This integrated, solution driven side event proposed by UNESCO, UNU and WMO will:

- Address needs, gaps, and a way forward to develop city-tailored guidelines for integrated knowledge tools to build resilient urban communities from natural and climatic hazards;
- Establish national, regional and international partnerships;
Transfer knowledge via sharing experiences of good practices and innovation.