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Barcelona Resilience Week to incite action in urban sturdiness

Building on the success of previous editions of Barcelona Resilience Week (2015 and 2016) that fostered dialogue between technical and political representatives, the 2018 edition will push forward action to achieve the vision for sustainable and resilient cities set out in the 2030 Agenda.

Maimunah Mohd Sharif
Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of the UN-Habitat

Organised by the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat), the 2018 Barcelona Resilience Week, scheduled to hold from November 11 to 16, 2018 will create a common space to bring together partners and stakeholders from across the globe working on resilience and advance awareness, knowledge and action.

According to the UN-Habitat, a variety of interactive sessions, workshops and dialogues will cover topics such as Climate Action and Resilience; Upgrading Informality Towards Resilience; Governance, Decentralisation and Resilience; Social Resilience; and Humanitarian Urban Crises.

Julia Linares of the UN-Habitat Urban Resilience Programme disclosed in a statement: “Activities and initiatives that are making our cities more resilient and strengthening the development and humanitarian agendas from across the world will be showcased in Barcelona during this week. Key international actors, together with city representatives, governments, NGOs and innovators will discuss how they are addressing urban challenges to implement the Sustainable Development Goals, New Urban Agenda, Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction and Paris Agreement during the week.

“The cities implementing DRR and resilience tools under the Making Cities Sustainable and Resilient initiative, financed by the European Commission DEVCO, will also be present to share progress on their work.”

She added that the Smart City Expo World Congress and C40 Regional Meeting would be held in Barcelona during the week and “will bring a wide array of profiles to the city and to the Barcelona Resilience Week dialogues”.

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