Local authorities, together with other local governance actors have an important role to play in developing effective disaster risk strategies and initiatives for climate action and sustainable development. As they form the closest institutional level to citizens and communities, local authorities bear the responsibility to build resilient communities. The Sendai Framework explicitly calls for the full empowerment of local authorities, through regulatory and financial means to work and coordinate with relevant stakeholders in disaster risk management at the local level. UNDRR empowers local authorities to reduce existing risks and strengthen resilience of communities by providing capacity-building, knowledge and normative support.

To that extent, UNDRR initiated the Making Cities Resilient Campaign (MCR), which brings together local governments and stakeholders to address issues of local governance and urban risk and resilience. The Campaign is led by UNDRR, and is self-motivating, partnership and city-driven initiative that aims to raise the profile of resilience and disaster risk reduction among local governments and urban communities worldwide.

Making Cities Resilient

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.