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Resilient Cities Program Wednesday, 6 July

10:00-12:30: Congress Opening

P1 OPENING PLENARY Post-2015: Taking stock and moving forward to make cities inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable

Session Description

Welcome and opening

  • Ashok Sridharan, Mayor, City of Bonn, Germany; ICLEI Special Messenger to UNFCCC and carbonn Registry
  • Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability

Post 2015: Taking stock and moving forward

The opening plenary will discuss the alignment of urban resilience efforts and the post-2015 global frameworks. Panelists from UN organizations as well as regional, national, and local governments will reflect on what has been achieved, take stock of existing resources available to support the post-2015 targets, and discuss opportunities to connect these efforts under the banner of SDG 11. As inputs to the discussion, presenters will highlight two key issues (1) how achieve an equitable urban future through inclusive resilience-building and (2) how to help local governments to prioritize investments, develop bankable projects, and to secure and manage funding for resilience. These contributions will set the stage for the Resilient Cities 2016 thematic forums and introduce ideas for the New Urban Agenda which will be elaborated in the Summary and Outlook Plenary July 8th.

Facilitator: Monika Zimmermann, Deputy Secretary General,  ICLEI
Introduction:Taking stock and moving forward

  • Jerry Velasquez, Chief of Advocacy and Outreach, United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), Geneva, Switzerland
  • Nick Nuttall, Head of Communications and Outreach, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
  • Hans Bruyninckx, Executive Director, European Environmental Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Pusadee Tamthai, Deputy Governor, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Thailand
  • Manuel Araujo, Mayor, Quelimane Municipality, Mozambique
  • Lim Ban Hong, Exco for Transport and Rehabilitation Projects, Melaka Historic City Council, Malaysia
  • Datuk Seri Ir. Hj. Idris bin Hj. Haron, Chief Minister, Melaka State Government, Malaysia (video)
  • Hans-Peter Egler, CEO, Global Infrastructure Basel Foundation (GIB), Basel, Switzerland
    Sustainability and Resilience as part of the financial services value chain
  • Almuth Schauber, Desk Officer, Urban Pro-Poor Programmes, Asia Department / Policy and Global Future Challenges, Misereor, Aachen, Germany
    Inclusive Climate Policies in Cities without Evictions

13:30 - 14:15: Co-Events

Financing Resilience Forum pre-event - Roundtable discussions on financing resilience

Session Description

Facilitator: Bohyun Kim, Junior Officer, Smart Cities, ICLEI World Secretariat, Bonn, Germany

  • Table 1: Facilitating Finance For Cities: Finding the Right Mixture
    Hosted by Johannes Karremans Director Technical Assistance, EUROCLIMA Programme Brussels, Belgium;
    Guillermo Dascal, Climate Change Expert, EUROCLIMA Programme, Brussels, Belgium;
    Christobal Reveco, Director, Adapt-Chile, Santiago, Chile; and
    Carlos Felipe Pardo, Urban Sustainable Transport Specialist, EUROCLIMA Programme, Brussels, Belgium
  • Table 2: The role of manufacturing firms in building urban resilience in South and Southeast Asia
    Hosted by Stephanie Rust, Institute for Sustainable Communities / Vice President of International Programs, Montpelier, USA; with input from: 
    Thomas Neise, Research Fellow, University of Cologne, Cologne, Germany

Co-event: Sponsored learning exchanges: Find out more!

Session Description

Facilitated by: Barney Dickson, Head Of Climate Change Adaptation Unit, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Global Adaptation Network, Nairobi, Kenya


  • Alice Hill, Senior Director for Resilience Policy, National Security Council, White House, Washington DC, USA (video presentation)
  • Anthony Socci, Senior Lead on International Climate Policy, U.S. EPA, Washington, DC, USA

Organized with the Global Adaptation Network (GAN)

13:30 - 14:30 POSTER SESSION


Session Description

Effective preparedness for landslide Disaster Risk Reduction in sub-district Detukoso, East Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia
Zakarias Arioz Ghele Radja, Mineral Resource Development Staff, Ende District Government, Indonesia

+R3: more Reality, more Realization, more Resilience: The evolution of environmental information
Giuseppe Orlando, Engineer - Technical Management instructor at the City of Monopoli, Italy

The roles of scientific engagement for integrated resilience policy development: A case study of three U.S. cities
Christopher Clavin, Research Staff Member, Science & Technology Policy Institute, Washington DC, USA

Stimulating local climate action in Kenya, Vietnam, South Africa and the Philippines
Paola Adriázola, Project Manager, V-LED Project, adelphi, Berlin, Germany

Co-producing climate change information for climate sensitive and robust city region decision making

Meggan Spires, Manager, Climate Change Adaptation & Biodiversity, ICLEI Africa, Cape Town, South Africa

The Ecuadorian coastal region after the earthquake: new challenges for building resilient communities through urban planning
Ricardo Pozo, Architect and MSc in Urban Development, Doctoral candidate (PhD) from the ARUS program (Advanced Research in UrbanSystems), Duisburg-Essen University, Germany

Determining the limits of infrastructure capacity in urban communities: a building scale analysis
Chibulu Luo, PhD Researcher, University of Toronto, Department of Civil Engineering, Toronto, Canada

Quality of local climate change adaptation plans in the United States
Sierra Woodruff, PhD Candidate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, USA

Critical factors affecting urban food system resilience
Jody Harris, PhD Researcher, Sustainability Research Institute, University
of Leeds, Leeds, UK

Building resilience for mountain communities through climate and
conservation policy

Maddie Rehn, Project Director of The Mountain Pact and Masters
Candidate, Western State Colorado University, Gunnison, USA

Food as infrastructure for a resilient community: Examples from Reno,

MJ Pickett, Masters Candidate, Western Colorado State University,
Gunnison, USA

Industrial gas and the importance of sustainable industries to resilient

David Mitchell, Masters Candidate, Western State Colorado University,
Gunnison, USA


SP1 SUB-PLENARY: Advancing global frameworks through local action: The view from 2016

Session Description

Facilitator: Matthias Garschagen, Head of Vulnerability Assessment, United Nations University, Bonn, Germany


A1 PANEL: Collaboration, coordination and communication: Key elements for cities addressing the water-related impacts of climate change - Organized with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

Session Description

Facilitator: Heidi Braun, Program Office, Climate Change Program, IDRC, Ottawa, Canada


Organized in cooperation with the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)

A2 PRESENTATIONS: Advancing Ecosystem-based Adaptation through pioneer research, partnership and city projects

Session Description

Facilitator: Anthony Socci, Senior Lead on International Climate Policy, U.S. EPA, Washington DC, USA



SP2 SUB-PLENARY: Inclusive and Resilient Urban Development Forum - Forum Opening

Session Description

Chair: William Cobbett, Director, Cities Alliance, Brussels, Belgium


  • David Dodman, Director, Human Settlements Group, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), London, UK
  • Vida Tangwan, Treasurer, Informal Hawkers' and Vendors' Association, Accra, Ghana
  • Ofelia Bagotlo, National Community Leader, Homeless Peoples Federation of the Philippines, Quezon City, Philippines
  • Sundaa Bridgett-Jones, Senior Associate Director, International Development, The Rockefeller Foundation, New York, USA 
  • Manuel Araujo, Mayor, Quelimane Municipality, Mozambique
    Inclusive and Resilient Urban Development: How it's done in Quelimane, Mozambique

Organized in cooperation with Cities Alliance 

B1 CITY-IN-FOCUS: Towards the implementation of a comprehensive urban cooling strategy to adapt to climate change

Session Description

Facilitator and speaker: Marie Gantois, Leader on Climate Change Strategy, City of Paris, France
Paris adaptation strategy. Towards the implementation of a comprehensive urban cooling strategy to adapt to climate change


Organized in cooperation with the City of Paris

B2 PRESENTATIONS: Strengthening energy systems to enhance urban resilience

Session Description

Facilitator: Maryke van Staden, Low Carbon Cities Program Manager and Director of the carbonn Center, ICLEI World Secretariat, Bonn, Germany




19:30 Evening Event

Opening reception hosted by the City of Bonn at Bundesrechnungshof

Location: Bundesrechnungshof

Welcome remarks by Reinhard Limbach, Deputy Mayor, City of Bonn

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