Event language(s)
  • English
Webinar Recording



Event Description


C40 Cities is one of the Core Partners of the Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030). This webinar aims to provide an introduction to C40 and the service offered by its Adaptation Programme and Climate Finance Facility which can support cities to progress along the resilience roadmap.  Experience from C40 cities will also be shared.


Session agenda


  • Welcome & Introduction
  • Adaptation planning in cities: steps, tools and resources
  • The road to developing adaptation projects: C40 Cities Finance Facility experience in Africa
  • Q&A



  • Chantal Oudkerk Pool, Head of Adaptation Planning, C40
  • Jessy Appavoo, Senior Manager, C40’s Sustainable Cities Impact Programme Africa in Climate Finance, Knowledge and Partnerships, C40
  • Lyan Villacorta, Regional Engagement Manager for Asia, C40
  • Dr. Sean O'Donoghue, Senior Manager, Climate Protection Branch, Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department, Ethekwini Municipality (Durban)


Event outcome


The adaptation planning tools and resources including the city level climate change and risk assessment tools are ones among those highly discussed about.  Chantal Oudkerk Pool, Head of Adaptation Planning of C40, further shared that an adaptation plan can take shape differently by each city: some cities have a single document including all mitigation and adaptation initiative bundling in a city climate change action plan, some annex city adaptation plan to the existing city CC action plan, some have separate documents for mitigation and adaptation, some correspond to the nationally driven climate change action plan, while some distribute climate commitments across other city documents.

Jessy Appavoo and Lyan Villacorta from C40 Climate Finance Facility emphasized the importance of the project preparation stage which is one of the gap areas cities have moving from having the adaptation plans to accessing finance. Case examples of how CFF helped cities to improve project preparation capacity were shared.

Lastly, Dr. Sean O'Donoghue shared the experience of the Ethekwini Municipality (Durban)'s Resilience Initiatives and how they have built multi-sectoral team on climate over the past decade, including also the clear business case example of why climate adaptation is needed linking it to job creation and improving societal quality. 

The webinar was warmly joined by 325 participants from 81 countries/territories!   


Date & Time


Date: 03 June 2021 (Thu)
Time: 9:00 London | 10:00 Geneva/Johannesburg/Cairo | 11:00 Nairobi | 15:00 Bangkok | 16:00 Manila | 17:00 Incheon

Duration: 1.5 hours
Language: English, with simultaneous interpretation in French and Arabic



  • C40 Cities & C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF) 
  • UNDRR Global Education and Training Institute (GETI)
  • Making Cities Resilient 2030


About C40: 

C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group is a knowledge partner to the MCR2030, providing expertise, knowledge and tools on resilience and adaptation to climate change. The C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF) bridges the gap between cities and finance, supporting cities to develop financially sound business proposals for projects that they have identified as priorities and ensures that the skills and structures are retained with the city administration to enable cities to develop a pipeline of low carbon and climate resilient infrastructure projects.

The Adaptation Program supports C40 cities to build capacity, address barriers and undertake comprehensive adaptation planning and action through a package of assistance including Research tools and guidance and City Diplomacy.


About the UNDRR Global Education and Training Institute (UNDRR GETI):

UNDRR GETI was established in 2010 to develop a new cadre of professionals in disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation to build disaster resilient societies.

GETI has a global mandate to provide capacity building support to mainstream disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation into sustainable development; convene and support inter-city learning to strengthen resilience (Making Cities Resilient); and to provide capacity building and best practice sharing support to national training institutions working on resilience issues.

Based in Incheon, the Republic of Korea, UNDRR GETI is also a global secretariat of the Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030).


About the Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030):

Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) is a unique cross-stakeholder initiative for improving local resilience through advocacy, sharing knowledge and experiences, establishing mutually reinforcing city-to-city learning networks, injecting technical expertise, connecting multiple layers of government and building partnerships. 

Through delivering a clear 3-stage roadmap to urban resilience, providing tools, access to knowledge and monitoring and reporting tools, MCR2030 will support cities on their journey to reduce risk and build resilience. 

MCR2030 aims to ensure cities become inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by 2030, contributing directly to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG11) “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. 

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For more information:

MCR2030 Global Secretariat at

C40 Cities Finance Facility (CFF) at


Disclaimer: For the purpose of this event, UNDRR procures the services of Zoom Video Communications, Inc., an external service provider. Registration for this webinar is supported by the Zoom registration mechanism and does not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of the Secretariat of the United Nations concerning the legal status of any country, territory, city or area or of its authorities


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