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MCR2030 Webinar - Building Resilient Urban Systems Risk-Informing Urban Development: An Imperative for Resilience

Organizer(s) Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - Office in Incheon for Northeast Asia and Global Education and Training Institute for Disaster Risk Reduction
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Event language(s)
  • English
  • French
  • Spanish


Date and time 

Wednesday 19 April 2023, 07:00am EDT (Washington DC)



The first webinar, led by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the United Nations Office of Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR), will focus on risk-informed urban development and planning processes in cities/municipalities. Almost two-thirds of the urban infrastructure that will exist in 2050 has yet to be built. Reducing existing and emerging multi-dimensional urban risks and investing in resilience building through a systems-approach (i.e. looking at urban services, capacities, resources, institutions, sectors and stakeholders as a whole) presents a huge development opportunity.

Speakers will include:

  • Mr Ronald Jackson, Head, DRR and Recovery for Building Resilience, UNDP
  • Ms. Angelika Planitz, DRR Team Leader, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
  • Prof Bharat Dahiya, Director, School of Global Studies, Thammassat University, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Mr Esteban Leon, Head, City Resilience Global Program, UN-Habitat
  • Mr Aleksander Glisic, DRR trainer, UNDP Serbia

This webinar series is linked to the High-Level Meeting of the Midterm Review of the Sendai Framework in May, which will highlight DRR priorities for action including at the urban and sub-national level.

The MCR2030 global partnership has mobilized more than 1,510 local governments, representing over 470 million people in 74 countries and territories. It is committed to strengthening disaster and climate resilience at the sub-national level. Twenty-one of these municipalities are recognized as Resilience Hubs – global leaders in disaster risk reduction. The initiative has also mobilized national governments, international organizations, private sector enterprises, academic organizations, and NGOs. MCR2030 is a ‘who’s who’ of partners with unmatched expertise and experience of supporting greater urban resilience.

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