On the fourth day of the 3rd Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation (Resilient Cities 2012), the Mayor of Bonn, Jürgen Nimptsch, urged mayors around the world to get involved in the UNISDR-led consultations taking place regarding a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction. The proposed new agreement would replace the Hyogo Framework for Action, the international blueprint which has guided worldwide efforts to reduce disaster losses since it was introduced shortly after the 2004 Asian tsunami. The remarks were made by Mr. Nimptsch as he delivered the Mayors Statement at the launch of "How to Make Cities More Resilient -- A Handbook for Local Government", a product of the learning from the "Making Cities Resilient" Campaign launched in Bonn two years ago.
The Statement calls on city mayors and other local government leaders to mobilize local, national and international support to strengthen local government leadership and capacity to protect the assets of cities -- human and economic -- through national and international frameworks and legal instruments. It was endorsed by ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability, UCLG and EMI, on behalf of the mayors in their respective networks.
The Mayors Statement is available here:
Details of other activities at the 3rd Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation can be found at the Resilient Cities 2012 website: http://resilient-cities.iclei.org/.