Cities on the Frontline: Co-Designing a Resilient Recovery in Cities


Sep 23, 2021


09:00 AM



This session of 2021 Cities on the Frontline Speaker Series, jointly organized by Resilient Cities Network and the World Bank, co-hosted with the Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ),  will focus on “Co-Designing a Resilient Recovery in Cities". 
Event Summary
The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged the economic, environmental, and social systems of cities in unprecedented ways, exposing new vulnerabilities while compounding underlying stresses. On the other hand, urban recovery efforts provide a singular opportunity to tackle the immediate challenges posed by the pandemic while simultaneously accelerating the transition to an inclusive low-carbon economy. Cities must prioritize a resilient recovery to boost their economies, improve equity, and prepare communities for inevitable climate change and health threats, leveraging recovery to regalvanize sustainable development and build back better. 
Featured Event Speakers
Felix Döhler, Head of Component, Finance and Climate, Sector Programme Cities at Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) , Bonn will share some introductory remarks on the importance of Resilient Recovery in Cities.  
Soo-Jin Kim, Head of the Urban Policies and Reviews Unit, Deputy Head of the Cities, Urban Policies and Sustainable Development Division, OECD Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions, and Cities, will discuss trends in government policy responses to Covid-19 that have and will allow them to transition to a greener, more inclusive and more resilient future.
Dr Andrew Mcclelland, Research Associate in Recovery, Renewal, Resilience at the University of Manchester will give an overview of the main lessons and findings from Manchester Briefings on Covid-19.
Ilaria Giuliani, PhD, Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, Environmental Transition Department at the Milan Municipality, will discuss how and why the city leveraged its resilience strategy in formulating its recovery package.
Nazmul Huq, Head of Resilient Development Program, ICLEI will discuss how to ensure climate change plans are at the core of recovery strategies and processes, focusing on why this is key when fulfilling adaptation and mitigation objectives.
Cities on the Frontline Speaker Series is a weekly speaker series co-organized by the Global Resilient Cities Network and the World Bank City Resilience Program since March 2020. The purpose of the series is to share knowledge to help cities respond to the pandemic crisis and plan towards recovery with resilience.
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