Jerry Velasquez, UNISDR

Resilience is about people, not technocrats

How to translate resilience theory into actions within urban contexts? This was the main question addressed by Resilient Cities 2016 first Subplenary on “Advancing global frameworks through local action”, which took place on 6 July at 2.30 pm. Matthias Garschagen, Head of Vulnerability Assessment at the United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security 

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“Transformative optimism” towards a resilient world

“Transformative optimism” underlies the actions that local and subnational governments are taking to build a low-carbon and resilient world. It also describes the dedication among national governments that has led to significant advancements in global sustainability policy in recent years. This morning, at the opening plenary of Resilient Cities 2016, Ashok Sridharan, Lord Mayor of Bonn 

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B3: Disaster Risk Reduction in Theory and Practice

This post is part of our live blog series from the Resilient Cities 2015 congress. For more live blogs, please click here. They are still young, yet they are well worth discussing: the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030, which was born during the Third United Nations World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction in 

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A1: “Selecting the Spicy Indicators”

This post is part of our live blog series from the Resilient Cities 2015 congress. For more live blogs, please click here. How can data best be used? What are the limits of standards? A workshop on the new ISO 37120 raised a number of fascinating questions on the first day of Resilient Cities 2015. 

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Opening Plenary: A Glocal Focus

This post is part of our live blog series from the Resilient Cities 2015 congress. For more live blogs, please click here. Resilient Cities 2015 opened with a local and global focus – or, as Mayor Jürgen Nimptsch of Bonn put it, a “glocal” focus. Nimptsch emphasized the importance of the congress, commenting: This is 

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