Cities on the Frontline: Urban Violence - Intervening for Equity


Sep 08, 2022


09:00 AM



In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, many North American cities are facing higher rates of violence across the board. On one hand, violence plays the role of a chronic stressor and is linked to systemic and racial inequities that permeate our cities. On the other, it is also an acute shock, a traumatic event from which urban communities must find ways to recover and rebuild, as we've seen in the wake of the wave of mass shootings that have shaken American cities in recent months. In both cases, violence has a direct link to community resilience and to the ability of communities to weather other shocks and stressors. This tenth session Cities on the Frontline 2022, jointly organized by Resilient Cities Network and the World Bank, brings you a conversation initiated and led by the R-Cities' Racial Equity in Resilience Community of Practice (CoP) about the impact of community violence on urban resilience. We will share the ways in which our member cities are rethinking their approaches to violence intervention as they strive to shape more resilient and equitable communities.
This session will feature speakers, Kurt Shickman, Director of the Extreme Heat Initiatives at the Arsht-Rockefeller Resilience Center, Amy Davison, Head of Climate Change at the Resilience Department of the City of Cape Town, and Eleni Myrivili, Senior Resilience Advisor and Chief Heat Officer for the City of Athens and Senior Consultant and Fellow at the Arsht-Rockefeller Resilience Center.
This session will feature the City of Atlanta's Chief Resilience Office, Megan Sparks, as well as the Director of Atlanta's Mayor’s Office of Violence Reduction, Jacquel Clemons Moore, and explore the joint efforts of these two urban actors to tackle violence through the lens of resilience. 
We will also have a special message from Chief Resilience Officer, Ron Harris, from the City of Minneapolis and chair of our Racial Equity in Resilience Community of Practice. CRO Harris will share the role that this CoP plays and the support it seeks to give CROs and Urban Practitioners working to address these issues in their cities.
Cities on the Frontline is a virtual thought leadership speaker series. The series, which began in 2020 co-organized by the Resilient Cities Network and the World Bank Group’s City Resilience Program, provides city practitioners and the industries and residents that they support, an understanding and means for responding to the pandemic and associated stresses, as well as solutions for planning towards a more resilient recovery.
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