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Resilient Cities Program Friday, 8 July

9:00 - 10:30 THEME SESSIONS G

G1 PANEL: Innovative and effective ways of sharing knowledge and delivering actionable information to decision makers

Session Description


Anthony Socci, Senior Lead on International Climate Policy, U.S. EPA, Washington DC, USA; and
Matthias Garschagen, Head of Vulnerability Assessment, United Nations University Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS), Bonn, Germany
Innovative and effective ways of sharing knowledge and delivering actionable information to decision makers              


·         Somayya Ali Ibrahim, International Program Manager, Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN), New York, USA
ICMA CityLinks Climate Adaptation Partnership Program + UCCRN Climate Experts

·         Jessica Barlow, Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities Network (EPIC-N), and Director of the Sage Project, San Diego State University, San Diego, USA
Radically simply but highly effective campus-community partnerships

·         Sean O’Donoghue, Acting Manager of the Climate Protection Branch, Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department, City of Durban, South Africa
By 2030 eThekwini will be Africa´s most caring and liveable city

·         Barney Dickson, Head Of Climate Change Adaptation Unit, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi, Kenya

·         Jessica Hitt, Program Manager for the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE),  Bainbride Island, USA
Climate adaptation knowledge exchange

·         Maria Uhle, Program Director for International Activities, U.S. National Science Foundation, Arlington, USA
A nexus approach to global urbanization: accelerating transitions to sustainable food-water-energy consumption and production

Organized in cooperation with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

G2 PANEL: City Resilience Index: A tool to assess and measure the resilience of cities

Session Description

Facilitator: Braulio Eduardo Morera, Associate, Arup, London, UK
City resilience index: a tool to assess and measure the resilience of cities


  • Sundaa Bridgett-Jones, Senior Associate Director, International Development, The Rockefeller Foundation, New York, USA
  • Sachin Bhoite, Senior Consultant, Arup, London, UK
    City resilience index
  • Leah Flax, Senior Program Manager, City Solutions, 100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, New York, USA
    100 resiliet cities
  • Bedoshruti Sadhukhan, Program Coordinator, Sustainability Management, ICLEI South Asia, New Delhi, India
    City resilience index (CRI): a pilot initiative towards resilient Shimla
  • Tikender Singh Panwar, Deputy Mayor, City of Shimla, India



G3 PANEL: Resilient urban food systems: City progress

Session Description

Facilitator: Katrin Eisenbeiss, Advisor, Sector Project “Sustainable Development of Metropolitan Regions”, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, Eschborn, Germany


Organized in cooperation with  RUAF Foundation, ICLEI, BMZ and GIZ

G4 WORKSHOP: City Innovation Platforms (CIPs) for African infrastructure risk and resilience

Session Description


  • Tom Herbstein, Programme Manager, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)'s ClimateWise, Cambridge, UK Leadership (CISL)'s ClimateWise, Cambridge, UK
    What is the city innovation platform?
  • Vanessa Otto-Mentz, Head: Group Strategy Unit Santam, Bellville, South Africa
  • Kobie Brand, Regional Director, ICLEI Africa, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Butch Bacani, Programme Leader, The UNEP FI Principles for Sustainable Insurance Initiative (UNEP FI - PSI), Geneva, Switzerland

Organized with ICLEI Africa, Santam, UNEP FI PSI, and ClimateWise

11:00 - 12:30 THEME SESSIONS H

H1 PANEL: Building resilience in towns and provinces of Small Island States

Session Description

Facilitator: Steve Gawler, Regional Director, ICLEI Oceania, Melbourne, Australia
Port Vila Municipal Corporation. DRR action planning


  • Edward Ngava, Deputy Mayor, Honiara City Council, Solomon Islands
  • Bernie Cotter, Managing Director ICLEI Oceania, Melbourne, Australia
  • Carl Wright, Secretary-General, Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF), London, UK
  • Arpita Mandal, Lecturer, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica

Organized in cooperation with ICLEI Oceania

H2 REALITY CHECK WORKSHOP: City climate resilience: Urban adaptation for better quality of life in the Greater Bangkok Area

Session Description

Facilitator: Nipon Poapongsakorn, Distinguished Fellow and former President of the Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI), Bangkok, Thailand

City Climate Resilience: Urban Adaptation for Better Quality of Life in Greater Bangkok
Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4


  • Pusadee Tamthai, Deputy Governor of Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Bangkok, Thailand
    • Suwanna Jungrungrueng, Director, Environment Office, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, Bangkok, Thailand
    • Petchada Weschasri, Director, Technical and Planning Division, Pak Kret Municipality, Thailand
    • Sanya Saengpoompong, Senior Expert on Irrigation Engineering (Operations & Maintenance), Royal Irrigation Department, Bangkok, Thailand
    • Suthiporn Chandawanich, Director, Business Development, Navanakorn Public Company, Bangkok, Thailand
    • Nujpanit Narkpitaks, President Affairs Coordinator/Researcher, TDRI, Bangkok, Thailand


This workshop will share experiences and lessons learned from the 2011 flood
management in Thailand by the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), Pak
Kret municipality and the Royal Irrigation Department. In addition, current efforts
to mitigate drought effects in the area will also be shared by the Royal Irrigation
Department. The conversation will focus on water management issues before,
during, and after the 2011 extreme flood event in Thailand, as well as the current
planning and policy measures carried out to cope with the 2015-2016 drought.

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

H3 PANEL: Resilient urban food systems: Assessment, monitoring and networking

Session Description

Facilitators: Barbara Anton, Coordinator Sustainable Resources, Climate and Resilience, ICLEI European Secretariat, Freiburg, Germany

Organized in cooperation with RUAF Foundation, ICLEI, and IUFN

H4 FACILITATED DISCUSSION: Investing in urban resilience: Making cities and the urban poor more resilient

Session Description

Facilitator: Roman Serdar Mendle, Smart Cities Program Manager, ICLEI World Secretariat, Bonn, Germany


This facilitated discussion will present an early draft of the flagship report on “Investing in Urban Resilience: Making the Urban Poor and Cities More Resilient” which is being prepared by the World Bank with support from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery and the GEF’s Global Platform for Sustainable Cities.  The discussion will include: a) an overview of the report with initial findings; b) a specialized focus on why resilience matters to the urban poor and how to promote greater investment in urban resilience; and c) a consultation to obtain feedback on the report.  A final version of the report will then be launched at Habitat III.


P2 SPECIAL FEATURE PLENARY: Receiving urban refugees: Strengthening the social fabric for resilient cities today and tomorrow

Session Description

Chair: Ioana Popp, Migration Policy Officer, International Organization for Migration, Geneva, Switzerland

Keynote: Alfredo Zamudio, Director, Nansen Center for Peace and Dialogue, Lillehammer, Norway

Discussant: Rüdiger Wagner, Lawyer, Executive Director, Family, Health and Legal Affairs Division, City of Bonn, Germany
The Migration Challenge: A people-oriented approach from Bonn, Germany

15:00 - 16:30 Shaping a sustainable urban future: The view to 2030 Summary and Outlook Plenary

P3 Shaping a sustainable urban future: The view to 2030 Summary and Outlook Plenary

Session Description

Key messages for urban resilience-building toward 2030

Facilitator: Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability

Special message from Mayors
Ashok Sridharan, Mayor, City of Bonn, Germany; ICLEI Special Messenger to UNFCCC and carbonn Registry

Open European Day outcomes
Birgit Georgi, Project Manager Regional Vulnerability, European Environment Agency, Copenhagen, Denmark

Congress summary and outcomes
Robert Kehew, Unit Leader, Climate Change Planning Unit, United Nations Human Settlements Programme, (UN-Habitat), Nairobi, Kenya

Emerging health risks: Dengue Fever in Tainan City
Shih-Chung Liu, Deputy Secretary-General, Tainan City Government, Chinese Taipei
Turning A Nearly Mission Impossible into a Resilient Campaign: Tainan City’s Fight Against Dengue

From Bonn to Quito: Ideas for the New Urban Agenda
Facilitator: Monika Zimmermann, Deputy Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
From Bonn to Quito: Ideas for the New Urban Agenda

• Aromar Revi, Director, Indian Institute for Human Settlements (IIHS), New Delhi, India

• Tania Rödiger-Vorwerk, Deputy Director General for Sustainable Development, Natural Resources, Economic Policy and Infrastructure, Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Berlin, Germany

• Edward Ngava, Deputy Mayor Honiara City Council, Solomon Islands (tbc)

• Barbara Steele, Director, Metro Vancouver Board of Directors; Councillor, City of Surrey, Canada

• Sipliant Takougang, National Coordinator, Urban Governance Program, Ministry of Urban Development and Habitat, Yaounde, Cameroon

This plenary will summarize the highlights of the congress and its forums, connecting the outcomes to discussions on the Zero draft of the New Urban Agenda ahead of the final preparatory meeting in Surabaya, Indonesia 25-27 July. Speakers will highlight changing risks and trends such as those related to urban health and loss and damage that will shape our urban future.  A high level panel will reflect on how the congress outcomes relate core concepts contained in the Zero Draft of the New Urban Agenda (e.g. urban equity, ecological and resilient cities, financing, and local commitments) commenting on opportunities for  local action and coherence with existing global frameworks.