Cities are facing growing challenges related to climate change, and as the world becomes increasingly urban, building resilience to climate change has become a leading priority for local, regional and national governments. Nevertheless, the impacts of climate change are so far reaching that they cannot be tackled by any one level of government or single actor alone. The need for a holistic approach to resilience is clear and one that is reflected in the globally agreed 2030 Agenda.
The RESCCUE project ¬– the first European large-scale urban innovation and resilience initiative – seeks to take on this challenge, working to increase the capability of cities to face hazards by drawing on expertise from different domains, promoting positive experiences, and generating creative outputs by bringing together communities of practice around climate resilience in urban areas. For UN-Habitat, the collaboration with RESCCUE partners has shaped the way the agency considers and addresses resilience through our outreach, technical cooperation and knowledge production.
The project, which launched in 2016, will culminate with the Urban Resilience in a Context of Climate Change (URCC) conference in Barcelona from March 9 to 10, 2020. The two-day event will bring together 250 European experts to discuss the impact of climate change on urban areas and the newest solutions to city resilience.
Research institutions, local administrations, academia, central and regional administration bodies, policy makers, public service operators and citizens are invited to join. Abstract submissions to hold a presentation at the event are now open until 29 November. To register for the conference, and for more information on themes and abstract submissions can be found at urcc2020.eu