Presenting the New Learning Module on Resilient Cities

CUDRR+R participated at the Fourth Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes in Africa to present the new UCLG – UN-Habitat- UNDRR Learning Module on Resilient Cities and Territories. The learning module authored by Ebru Gencer aims to support local governments and their associations to fulfill the localization of the Sendai Framework for DRR in order to reduce risk and sustainable and resilient communities.

The first volume of the learning module on the localization of the Sendai Framework discusses the fundamentals of resilience building and their potential integration into local and regional governments’ (LRGs’) policy cycle, providing a base framework for LRGs to understand risk and resilience, enhance risk governance, identify available finance mechanisms and opportunities, and formulate their DRR and resilience building strategies and action plans while building capacities for implementation.

The module can be downloaded at https://lnkd.in/giTXK3c

Berlin Security Conference

CUDRR+R’s Ebru Gencer was a panelist the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) Session on Climate Change and Urban Displacement at Berlin Security Conference on September 2020. The Session moderated by IIED’s Lucy Earle focused on risks and opportunities rising from the new reality of climate change displacement. Interesting case examples included Uganda, Somalia, Kenya and Bangladesh. Ebru Gencer made a presentation on “Inclusive Planning for Climate and Social Resilience in Cities” and provided examples from CUDRR+R’s recent project in Santa Ana, El Salvador.

Seed Grant from Royal Academy of Engineers

We are very happy to announce that CUDRR+R and partners’ project on “Low-carbon seismic resistant building model for Istanbul” received seed-funding from the UK Royal Academy of Engineers.

We look forward to working on this project along with partners Robert Gordon University, the University of Aberdeen, the University of Leeds, Ozyegin University and Bogazici University in Turkey.

Last Steering Committee Meeting of the Making Cities Resilient Campaign

CUDRR+R’s Ebru Gencer attended the final Steering Committee Meeting of UNDRR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign. The Campaign which was originally launched in 2010 is moving into a new phase to allow for addressing the complex and dynamic risks facing urban areas. To that end, the newly redesigned MCR2030 will have a new global partnership to address implementation in cities.

Along with Ebru Gencer, the final MCR Campaign Steering Committee meeting was attended by Ms. Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Executive Director of UN-Habitat; Ms. Mami Mizutori, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for DRR; Mr. Esteban Leon, the Head of UN-Habitat’s City Resilience Profiling Program; Mr. Braulio Eduardo Morero, Resilient Cities Network, Prof. Dilanthi Amaratunga, University of Huddersfield, Ms. Violeta Seva, Makati City and other Steering Committee Members.

Resilience Learning Module: Localizing the Sendai Framework for DRR

United Cities Local Governments (UCLG) the international organization that represents Local Governments and their Associations tasked CUDRR+R’s Ebru Gencer to develop a Resilience Learning Module that will support Localization of the Sendai Framework across Local Governments and their Associations.

The Learning Module that was developed in partnership with UN-Habitat and UNDRR aims to support local authorities in the creation of an enabling environment for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Resilience Building. The module aims to foster learning and raising awareness about the links between local action and the achievement of the global agendas, particularly that of the Sendai Framework for DRR.

The first volume of the learning module on the localization of the Sendai Framework discusses the fundamentals of resilience building and their potential integration into local and regional governments’ (LRGs’) policy cycle, providing a base framework for LRGs to understand risk and resilience, enhance risk governance, identify available finance mechanisms and opportunities, and formulate their DRR and resilience building strategies and action plans while building capacities for implementation.

Sendai Framework Voluntary Commitments

CUDRR+R issued a Voluntary Commitment for the fulfillment of the Sendai Framework for DRR. The Voluntary Commitment reflects CUDRR+R’s ongoing work on Urban Risk Reduction and Resilience Building.

The Voluntary Commitment which is available at UNDRR’s Voluntary Commitment website is also published as part of a Commitments’ First Synthesis and Analysis report that was issued during the 2019 UN Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction.

To read this Voluntary Commitment and learn more about UNDRR’s stakeholder engagement for the implementation of the SFDRR, please visit:

https://sendaicommitments.undrr.org/u/home/commitments

New Words into Action Guides

CUDRR+R’s Ebru Gencer has contributed to two new Words into Action (WiA) Guides for the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for DRR.

These WiA Guides will especially support planners and technical officers. Please access these Guides at:

WiA Guidelines Implementation Guide for Addressing Water-Related Disasters and Transboundary Cooperation

https://www.preventionweb.net/files/61173_ecemp.wat56.pdf

WiA Guidelines Implementation Guide for Local Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Strategies

https://www.preventionweb.net/publications/view/57399

Voluntary Commitment for the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019

CUDRR+R’s Voluntary Commitment for the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction 2019 is published. The Voluntary Commitments of the Global Platform for DRR adhere to stakeholder activities that will be commitment for the undertaking of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction.

You can read CUDRR+R’s Voluntary Commitment for Urban Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience Building herehttps://sendaicommitments.unisdr.org/commitments/20190211_002

New Publication at Environment & Urbanization Special Issue on Climate Change and Cities

New publication of our project on Participatory Planning for Inclusive and Resilient Urban Development is out at Environment and Urbanization’s special 30 year issue on Climate Change and Cities.

You can download the publication here at:

https://journals.sagepub.com/toc/eaua/31/1?utm_medium=social&utm_source=linkedin.company&utm_campaign=postfity&utm_content=postfity9142e&

Bangladesh Ministry of Planning Visit

CUDRR+R was honored to host a senior delegation from the Bangladesh Ministry of Planning on April 9, 2019. The representatives from the Ministry of Planning, Planning Commission, Urban Resilience Unit as well as representatives from the Ministry of Finance and Ministry of Local Government attended. We had an interesting discussion about the efforts that are taking place in Bangladesh on urban resilience and how different disaster risk reduction and urban resilience efforts can help support ongoing projects.