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Inclusive and Resilient Urban Development Forum

Cities’ efforts to promote sustainability and increase well-being can be undermined by climate change impacts and natural disasters. The urban poor often bear the brunt of these shocks and stresses, as their physical and socioeconomic vulnerability traps them, or further deepens their vulnerability. Social protection, inclusion and participatory governance are integral to resilient urban development. 

The Resilient Cities 2016 Inclusive and Resilient Urban Development forum, organized in cooperation with Cities Alliance, focused on how cities can work with the urban poor, including those living in informal settlements and working in the informal sector, to increase citywide resilience. Questions of secure housing, access to basic services, and inclusive governance were considered. The inclusive and resilient theme also linked to discussions on how to finance urban resilience – from the bottom up and from the top down – and how to advance local progress on the Sustainable Development Goals.


On July 6th and 7th the Inclusive and Resilient Urban Development forum  featured five linked sessions:

  • Inclusive and Resilient Urban Development opening sub-plenary organized in cooperation with IIED, Cities Alliance and members of the Joint Work Program on Resilient Cities highlighted the engagement with vulnerable communities and the inclusion of the urban poor and informal economy for resilience building.

  • Incorporating resilience into City Development Strategies panel session based on the work of the Cities Alliance related to the City Development Strategy framework.

  • Slum upgrading achieving resilient cities for all in Africa panel session organized by UN-Habitat stimulated exchange on how slum upgrading has contributed to resilience building at community, city and national levels exploring strategic and practical entry points for inclusive resilience building.

  • Inclusive governance: partnering with communities and marginalized groups presentations explored inclusive governance structures and policies for informal settlements and the informal sector.

  • A panel on Know Your City: Linking community slum data to urban resilience a campaign by Shack / Slum Dwellers International (SDI) and UCLG-A to collect and consolidate community-collected citywide data on slums as the basis for inclusive development between the urban poor and local governments.