The Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) is a unique cross-stakeholder initiative empowered by the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), aims to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG11), which stands for “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”, and other global frameworks including the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda. YCL is proud to be member of the MCR2030’s Regional Coordinating Committee for Latin America, as we believe that cities play a fundamental role in the transition to more sustainable, resilient and fair societies.
In the Americas and the Caribbean, sustainable development is linked to the development of their cities. In an urban region, cities are the scene of a disaster risk that takes on new dimensions, shapes and sizes. The interconnection between risks is increasing and the complex interrelationships between urban systems require thinking about the development of cities from the perspective of resilience.
Globally, extreme weather events have doubled in the last 20 years and make city dwellers more vulnerable to increasingly frequent and intense disasters. At the regional level, the consolidation of sustainable and resilient cities has become one of the biggest and most urgent challenges, where the growing urban population moves and settles in risk areas in intermediate cities.
The Developing Resilient Cities 2030 (MCR2030) initiative responds to the growing need to boost resilience at the local level. Building on the success of its predecessor (the Developing Resilient Cities Global Campaign) and, through the articulation of multiple stakeholders, it boosts local resilience through advocacy, the exchange of knowledge and experiences, and the establishment of learning networks between cities in order to achieve the purposes established in the 2030 Agenda. Simultaneously, it promotes the strengthening of technical capacities, connects multiple levels of government and promotes strategic alliances on a global scale.
It also promotes the creation of a regional structure in which actors with strong ties and experience in implementing actions for disaster risk reduction connect with cities that are making progress in strengthening their resilience. This conversation is part of the regional launch activities for the Americas and the Caribbean of the Resilient Cities Initiative 2030. It is a space to share the experiences and knowledge of strategic actors for the strengthening of urban resilience in our region and promotes understanding of resilience as a cross-cutting and integrating approach that leads sustainable urban development. The launch of the Regional launch of the MCR2030 in the Americas and the Caribbean took place in February 24, 2021 at 11:00 am (EST).
PARTICIPANTS OF THE LAUNCH
UNDRR. Mami Mitzutori Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction
PARLAMERICAS: Hon. Bridgid Annisette-George, Vice President of ParlAmericas and Speaker of the House of Representatives of Trinidad and Tobago.
MCR2030 PARTNERS. Rodrigo Perpetuo, Executive Secretary ICLEI South America. Co-Chair MCR2030 for the Americas and the Caribbean. Elkin Velasquez. Director of UN Habitat for Latin America and the Caribbean.
ACADEMY. Juan Pablo Sarmiento Research Professor and Associate Director of Research at the Institute of Extreme Events of Florida International University.
LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. Dário Saadi, Prefect of Campinas (Brazil), Emilio Jatón, Mayor of Santa Fe (Argentina)
NATIONAL GOVERNMENTS. Irene Campos Gómez, Minister of Housing and Human Settlements, Costa Rica. Video message. Nicolás Galarza Sánchez .. Vice Minister of Environmental Planning of the Territory. Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development. Ministry of Environment and Development, Colombia.
MODERATING. Cassia Moraes, founder and CEO of Youth Climate Leaders
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