Resilient Cities 2015


Christiana Figueres

Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)

Co-patron of Resilient Cities 2015

Ms. Figueres has been involved in climate change negotiations since 1995, is a frequent adviser to the private sector and lectures at many universities on climate policy. In 2010, she assumed her role as Executive Secretary at the UNFCCC – who is one of our endorsing partners for the 2015 Congress. 




Margareta Wahlström

United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR)

Co-Patron of Resilient Cities 2015

Ms. Wahlström has over 30 years of extensive national and international experience in humanitarian relief operations in disaster and conflict areas, and in institution-building to strengthen national capacity for disaster preparedness, response and for risk reduction. In November 2008, the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced her appointment as the first Special Representative to the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction. Ms. Wahlström is based in Geneva and heads UNISDR, the United Nation Office for Disaster Risk Reduction.

James Nxumalo

Mayor, eThekwini Municipality/Durban, South Africa; ICLEI Vice President and Resilient Cities portfolio holder

Co-patron of Resilient Cities 2015

Since taking responsibility for leading the city of Durban, he has also championed the need to tackle the complex environmental issues facing Africa’s cities, especially climate change, and the role that local governments need to play in ensuring resilient and sustainable cities that will improve the quality of life of the people living in them. Mayor Nxumalo is currently serving as the Chair of the Adaptation and Risk Reduction Portfolio in ICLEI Africa Committee and the Chair of the South African Local Government Association’s Climate Change Champions Committee.