Resilient Cities 2014

The Resilient Cities 2014 Congress opened today with a strong call for sustainable urbanization and adaptation. ICLEI President Mr. David Cadman formally opened the Congress with keynotes from Mayor Juergen Nimptsch of the City of Bonn, as well as Ms Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk - Deputy Director of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales also delivered his remarks via a video message in which he emphasised the opportunities that an integrated approach and city-regional food systems can have for ecosystem services, resource-use efficiency and recycling in sustainable cities.

The need for this integrated approach is now urgent and that is why meetings such as this are vitally important in order to articulate fully the vision and help establish ways to build the evidence base and galvanize the wheels of change. So I can only congratulate ICLEI for their leadership in this area over the past few years."HRH Prince of Wales. 

ICLEI Africa and ICLEI members from Africa will be representing and participating in a number of sessions throughout the Congress. They will be showcasing experiences on their local initiatives, as well as some of the projects we have been working on. Among the topics to be discussed this afternoon are ecosystem services, urban nexus, climate compatible development, and ecosystem-based adaptation. Four ICLEI members from Africa will also be represented at this year’s Mayors’ Adaptation Forum, with the Mayors of Vacoas Phoenix, Curepipe, and eThekwini coming in attendance.

Watch this space for further information and follow us on Twitter @ICLEIAfrica and #ResilientCities for live updates!

Video message from His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales

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The 5th Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation - is the global platform for urban resilience and climate change adaptation, hosted in Bonn.

In 2010 ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change and the City of Bonn, Germany launched Resilient Cities, the first World Congress on Cities and Adaptation to Climate Change (in 2012 renamed as Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation). More than 500 participants and beyond 30 partners each year helped make Resilient Cities a milestone event connecting local government leaders and climate adaptation experts to discuss adaptation challenges facing urban environments around the globe.

The congress offers a number of sessions and events on a wide variety of topics amongst which were urban risk, resilient urban logistics, financing the resilient city, urban agriculture, smart infrastructure and many more.

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