Resilient Cities 2015

Endorsing Partners

The world's leading institutions in the field of cities' adaptation and resilience to climate change have given their support to the Resilient Cities 2015 congress. As every year, we are delighted to welcome longstanding partners and extend our network to new organizations. Their support is crucial in echoing the efforts and success of our event. 


Established in 1966, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has been partnering with people at all levels of society to help build nations that can withstand crisis and drive and sustain the kind of growth that improves the quality of live for everyone. UNDP works in four main areas: poverty reduction and achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); democratic governance; crisis prevention and recovery; environment and sustainable development.

For more information about UNDP, please refer to its website.


The United Nations Human Settlements Programme, UN-Habitat, is the United Nations agency for human settlements. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all. UN-Habitat's programs are designed to help policy-makers and local communities get to grips with the human settlements and urban issues and find workable, lasting solutions.

For general information about UN-Habitat and its activities, please visit its website.


The UN General Assembly adopted the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction in December 1999 and established UNISDR, the secretariat to ensure its implementation. UNISDR, the UN office for disaster risk reduction, is also the focal point in the UN system for the coordination of disaster risk reduction and the implementation of the international blueprint for disaster risk reduction - the "Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the resilience of nations and communities to disasters".

UNISDR published a handbook for local government leaders 'How To Make Cities More Resilient' which was presented at the Resilient Cities 2012.


The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the regional development arm of the United Nations for the Asia-Pacific region. With a membership of 62 Governments, 58 of which are in the region, and a geographical scope that stretches from Turkey in the west to the Pacific island nation of Kiribati in the east, and from the Russian Federation in the north to New Zealand in the south, ESCAP is the most comprehensive of the five United Nations regional commissions.

For more information about UNESCAP, visit their website.


The United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) is located in Bonn, Germany. UNU-EHS addresses risk and vulnerability aspects of human security and the consequences of complex environmental hazards for sustainable development. The work of UNU-EHS helps to improve the in-depth understanding of the cause-effect relationships to find ways to reduce risks and vulnerabilities.

The Institute aims at scientific excellence in two broad thematic areas:

  • Vulnerability assessment, resilience analysis, risk management and adaptation strategies within linked human-environment systems; and
  • internal displacement and transboundary migration due to environmental push-factors.


UNCDF is the UN’s capital investment agency for the world’s 48 least developed countries. It creates new opportunities for poor people and their communities by increasing access to microfinance and investment capital. UNCDF focuses on Africa and the poorest countries of Asia, with a special commitment to countries emerging from conflict or crisis. It provides seed capital – grants and loans – and technical support to help microfinance institutions reach more poor households and small businesses, and local governments finance the capital investments – water systems, feeder roads, schools, irrigation schemes – that will improve poor peoples’ lives.


The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) supports cooperative action by States to combat climate change and its impacts on humanity and ecosystems thus contributing to a sustainable world and to realizing the vision of peace, security and human dignity on which the United Nations is founded.

With 195 Parties, the UNFCCC has near universal membership and is the parent treaty of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol. The ultimate objective of both treaties is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that will prevent dangerous human interference with the climate

The World Bank

The World Bank is one of the world’s largest sources of funding for the developing world. Its primary focus is on helping the poorest people and the poorest countries. It uses its financial resources, its staff, and extensive experience to help developing countries, reduce poverty, increase economic growth, and improve their quality of life.

World Green Building Council

The World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) is a coalition of national Green Building Councils. With member organisations in over 80 countries, it is the largest international organisation influencing the green building marketplace. Since its establishment in 2002, the WorldGBC has been working closely with councils to promote local green building actions and address global issues such as climate change.


The Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN) is a consortium of over 550 individuals dedicated to the analysis of climate change mitigation and adaptation from an urban perspective. UCCRN members are scholars and experts from universities and research organizations. They span a broad range of expertise including climate scientists; urban heat island and air quality experts; climate change impact scientists; social scientists, including political scientists, planners, and economists; and urban designers and planners. 

Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR)

Established in 2006, the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) is a partnership of 41 countries and 8 international organizations committed to helping developing countries reduce their vulnerability to natural hazards and adapt to climate change. The partnership’s mission is to mainstream disaster risk reduction (DRR) and climate change adaptation (CCA) in country development strategies by supporting a country-led and managed implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA).

European Environment Agency

The European Environment Agency is an agency of the European Union.  Their task is to provide sound, independent information on the environment.  They are a major information source for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy.

For more information about EEA and its activities, visit its website.

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe is a pan-European political assembly, the 636 members of which hold elective office. They may be regional or municipal councilors, mayors or presidents of regional authorities representing over 200,000 authorities in 47 European states.

The role of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities is to promote local and regional democracy, improve local and regional governance and strengthen authorities' self-government.

Cities Alliance

The Cities Alliance is the preeminent global partnership for poverty reduction and the promotion of cities in sustainable development. Now headquartered in Brussels, it is a unique partnership with diverse members – local authorities, national governments, international non-governmental organisations, foundations and multi-lateral organisations  – which have come together to strengthen both impacts and coherence in urban development. 

The Cities Alliance’s overall objectives are to support cities in providing effective local government, an active citizenship and a growing economy characterized by both public and private investment. Since its establishment in 1999, the Cities Alliance has become a global leader in supporting strategic city planning, slum upgrading strategies and national policies designed to make cities more inclusive and sustainable. For more information, please visit the Cities Alliance website

Climate and Development Knowledge Network - CDKN

The Climate and Development Knowledge Network (CDKN) supports developing country decision-makers in designing and delivering climate compatible development (CCD). They do this by combining research, advisory services and knowledge-sharing in support of locally owned and managed policy processes. They work in partnership with decision-makers in the public, private and non-governmental sectors nationally, regionally and globally.

CDKN is an alliance of six private and non-governmental organizations operating across Asia, Africa and Latin America and the Caribbean, with a global office in London, UK. CDKN was established by the UK Government’s Department For International Development in March 2010 for an initial five-year period, and now also receives funding from the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 

German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) is one of the leading research institutions and think tanks for global development and international development policy worldwide. The DIE's unique research profile combines research, consulting and professional training. DIE builds bridges between theory and practice and works within international research networks. 

Deutsches Komitee Katastrophenvorsorge e.V. (DKKV)

The DKKV (Deutsches Komitee Katastrophenvorsorge e.V.) is the German national platform for disaster reduction, as well as a contact to organizations and initiatives involved in disaster reduction. It is also a center of expertise in all matters relating to national and international disaster reduction. It supports relevant research; development and implementation of instruments for disaster reduction; enhancement of risk awareness; and dissemination, on all educational levels, of findings from the field of disaster reduction.

For more information about the DKKV and its activities, please visit their website.


Earthquakes Megacities Initiative (EMI) is an international, not-for-profit, scientific organization dedicated to the reduction of disaster risk in megacities and major metropolises. It was founded in response to the urgent need to stimulate urban earthquake preparedness and mitigation in developing countries. EMI serves as a catalyst for the delivery of scientific and technical knowledge to local government officials, policymakers, practitioners, and disaster management technical personnel.

For more information about EMI, please visit its website.

Global Infrastructure Basel

Global Infrastructure Basel is the leading global platform for sustainable infrastructure investment and finance.  The platform has been active since 2008 and organized its first events on Carbon Finance for Urban Infrastructure in 2009.  

The first GIB Summit was held in January 2011, the second in February 2012, and the third in January 2013, attracting over 300 participants from 37 countries and more than 70 cities.  The fourth summit will be held 21-22 May 2014, again in Basel, Switzerland.

Global Risk Forum GRF Davos

Through its various activities Global Risk Forum GRF Davos aims at serving as a center of knowledge and know-how exchange for the application of contemporary risk management strategies, tools and practical solutions. Therefore GRF Davos develops guidelines for action, action policies, strategies, concepts and recommendations for disaster and risk management, which are significant to political institutions, national and international organizations, nations and the economy.

For more information about the Global Risk Forum Davos, visit its website.


The International Climate Change Information Programme aims to disseminate the latest findings from scientific research on climate change, including elements related to its environmental, social, economic and policy aspects in a way that allows them to be understood by the non-specialist audience.

For more information about the ICCIP and its activities, visit its website.

International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED)

The International Institute for Environment and Development is a global leader in sustainable development. IIED’s mission is to build a fairer, more sustainable world, using evidence, action and influence in partnership with others.

As an independent international research organization, they are specialists in linking local to global. In Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, Central and South America, the Middle East and the Pacific, they work with some of the world's most vulnerable people to ensure they have a say in the policy arenas that most closely affect them — from village councils to international conventions.

Inter-American Development Bank

Inter-American Development Bank supports efforts by Latin America and the Caribbean countries to reduce poverty and inequality. Its aim is to bring about development in a sustainable, climate-friendly way.

Established in 1959, Inter-American Development Bank is the largest source of development financing for Latin America and the Caribbean, with a strong commitment to achieve measurable results, increased integrity, transparency and accountability. It has an evolving reform agenda that seeks to increase its development impact in the region.

For more information about the IADB, visit their website.


ISOCARP is a global association of professional planners from more than 80 countries worldwide. ISOCARP is recognized by the UN, UNHCS and the Council of Europe, and has a formal consultative status with UNESCO. Its objectives include the improvement of planning practice through creating a globally active network of practitioners.

The year 2015 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Society and a series of events is organized to celebrate. These will culminate in the 51st ISOCARP International Planning Congress with the theme "Cities Save The World - Let's Reinvent Planning" (Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, 19-23 October 2015). For more information please visit www.isocarp.org.


IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges. IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,200 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.

International Water Association

The International Water Association is a global reference point and network of water professionals, spanning research and practice and covering all facets of the water cycle. Through its network of members, partners and experts in research, practice, regulation, industry, consulting and manufacturing, IWA is in a better position than any other organisation to create innovative, pragmatic and sustainable solution to current and future global water challenges.


Metropolis, World Association of the Major Metropolises, is the leading international organization that gathers cities and metropolitan regions with more than a million inhabitants.

Created in 1985, the Metropolis Association is represented by more than 120 members from across the world and operates as an international forum for exploring issues and concerns common to all big cities and metropolitan regions. Metropolis also manages the Metropolitan Section of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG).  


The Network of Regional Governments for Sustainable Development, nrg4SD is a non-profit international organisation representing subnational governments and associations of subnational governments at a global level. Established in 2002 at the World Summit of Johannesburg, today nrg4SD represents over 50 subnational governments from over 30 countries and 7 associations of subnational governments. nrg4SD promotes understanding, collaboration and partnerships in sustainable development and seeks a wider recognition at international level of the importance of the commitment of subnational governments towards sustainable development. Under its current work programme, nrg4SD focuses on 3 thematic areas – climate change, biodiversity, the post-2015 development agenda – and the crossing cutting theme of sustainable development.

Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research

The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) addresses crucial scientific questions in the fields of global change, climate impacts and sustainable development.

Researchers from the natural and social sciences work together to generate interdisciplinary insights and to provide society with sound information for decision making. The main methodologies are systems and scenarios analysis, modelling, computer simulation, and data integration.

For more information about the PIK, please visit its website.


The Energy Resource Institute (TERI) was formally established in 1974 with the purpose of tackling and dealing with the immense and acute problems that mankind is likely to face within in the years ahead on account of the gradual depletion of the earth's finite energy resources which are largely non-renewable and of the existing methods of their use which are polluting. TERI has created an environment that is enabling, dynamic and inspiring for the development of solutions to global problems in the fields of energy, environment and current patterns of development, which are largely unsustainable.

For more information about TERI and its activities, please visit its website.


Centre for Environment Education (CEE) is a national institution engaged in developing programs and material to increase awareness about the environment and sustainable development. CEE was established in 1984 as a Centre of Excellence in Environmental Education, supported by the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Government of India.

CEE's primary objective is to improve public awareness and understanding of the environment with a view to promoting the conservation and sustainable use of nature and natural resources, leading to a better environment and a better quality of life. To this end, CEE develops innovative programmes and educational material, and builds capacity in the field of education for sustainable development (ESD).

Resilient Regions Association

The steady flow of people, money, goods, services, energy, and information is fundamental for well-functioning cities. Skilled management is needed to guarantee their unhindered flow. This creates resilient, sustainable and attractive cities and regions.

Resilient Regions Association offers a neutral arena where the business sector, academia, municipalities and government agencies meet to solve regional challenges.  Together we develop new solutions, new knowledge, new techniques and "best practice" to build a more resilient society with robust functions and flows – a society with the ability to quickly overcome and recover from stresses.

The RUAF Foundation

The RUAF Foundation is an international network of seven regional resource centres and one global resource centre on Urban Agriculture and Food Security. RUAF is providing training, technical support and policy advice to local and national governments, producer organizations, NGO's and other local stakeholders. For more information, visit www.ruaf.org.

World Resources Institute

World Resources Institute (WRI) is a global research organization that spans more than 50 countries, with offices in Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, and the United States which seeks to create equity and prosperity through sustainable natural resource management.

WRI is an independent, non-partisan and nonprofit organization with a global staff of more than 450 scientists, economists, policy experts, business analysts, statistical analysts, mapmakers, and communicators developing and promoting policies with the intention of protecting the Earth and improving people’s lives.

The efforts of the WRI are focused on six key areas — climate, clean energy, food, forests, water, and cities and transportation.

Urban Age Institute

Urban Age Institute works to foster leadership and innovation between and among cities in areas of strategic urban planning, urban policy, public sector management, sustainable environmental planning, and poverty reduction through its blog CityMinded.org, annual Magazine, year-round programming, and thought leadership network and summit Meeting of the Minds.