Luiz, 2015 marked many firsts and important milestones for 100 Resilient Cities. As we close out a year of unprecedented growth and progress for urban resilience, join us in revisiting the moments that made 2015 so significant — and check out some you might have missed:
The First-Ever Resilience Strategy Releases
This year we saw our first cities release their Resilience Strategies, taking a crucial step toward integrating resilience into their priorities and planning, and fulfilling one of the primary purposes of their partnership with 100RC.
In April, New York City became the first member city to release its unified strategy, focused on building a strong and just city. In August, New Orleans followed suit with the release of its Resilient NOLA strategy, a plan centered on living with water. Finally, in October, Norfolk released an innovative strategyfocused on using water as an asset and opportunity for resilience.
The 10% Resilience Pledge & First Ever “Resilience Day” at COP
As leaders from around the world gathered in Paris for COP21, we marked the first-ever Resilience Day with an announcement of the most ambitious commitment to resilience to date: The 10% Resilience Pledge. It represents over $5.2 billion that 22 global mayors have pledged to resilience-building, the most ambitious financial commitment to urban resilience yet.
Deeper Partner Relationships
As the work in our cities evolves, our partnerships are quickly growing. Through innovative and powerful new partnerships with Rebuild by Design, and critical new Platform Partners Microsoft, Social Finance, and Trimble, this year we advanced the tools and solutions available to our cities to address their resilience challenges.
Gathering, Sharing, Learning
Mayors from around the world gathered in Bellagio, Italy, for the first ever City Leaders Summit on Urban Resilience to discuss and share their resilience challenges. A month later, CROs and resilience leaders from over 50 cities and from 40 Platform Partners convened in Mexico City to share ideas, further best practices, and cross-develop necessary resilience tools.
Getting to ‘100’ Resilient Cities
In November, we closed the third round of Challenge applications, putting us one step closer to completing our roster of 100 cities working to build urban resilience around the world. Look out for an announcement next year about which cities are joining the 100RC network.
As we reflect on an incredible year and look toward 2016, we want to take a moment to thank you — our community. Without your feedback, participation, ideas, and commitment to building urban resilience, our movement would not be possible. We’re looking forward to sharing, growing, and building with you next year.
The 100RC Team