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Making Cities Resilient

With more than half the world’s population living in urban areas, it’s often said that we live in the era of the megacity. But we could also say…

Models of local-level disaster risk reduction and management, the Jordanian cities of Aqaba and Petra are leading an initiative for the municipalities of Salt, Jerash, Zarqa, Irbid and Madaba to build resilience.

The UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) agreed to help pioneer a new ISO Standard in 45 cities already recognized for their commitment to keeping their citizens safe from a range of natural hazards including floods, storms and earthquakes.

Mindful that disaster risk reduction is a key stepping stone towards improving quality of life and ensuring sustainable development, representatives of 15 municipalities came together last week for a national workshop entitled “Build more resilient Tunisian municipalities in the light of disaster risk”.

The Italian Province of Potenza was recognized at the weekend as a role model for inclusive resilience by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction for its unique network of 100 cities which are all enrolled in the Making Cities Resilient Campaign.

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) have agreed a new partnership to strengthen the resilience of cities to disasters in Central Asia and the South Caucasus.

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