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An Analytical Review: A Decade of Urban Resilience


Written by Yue Cao, Emily Wilkinson, Laetitia Pettinotti, Sarah Colenbrander, Emma Lovell

Image credit:Image courtesy © UNDP, October 2021

In an already urbanized world, an increasing concentration of people, development assets, infrastructure, socio-economic vulnerabilities and convergence of risks of multiple hues in cities and urban agglomerations underscores the need for an integrated approach towards resilience building. This is evidenced by the fact that cities today account for 55% of humanity, 70% of GHG emissions and 80% of global GDP. It is estimated that nearly 84% of the fastest growing cities face high vulnerability to disaster/climate risks, putting $4 trillion worth of assets at risk. Nearly 43% of people in fragile contexts are living in cities, and that number is expected to rise to 48% by 2030 and 59% by 2050.

‘A Decade of Urban Resilience: An Analytical Review’ analyzes urban risk and resilience related policies and frameworks, flagship programs implemented, and the tools deployed to diagnose urban resilience over the past decade to identify existing, unmet demands and emerging priorities. The review is complemented by perspectives of experts and practitioners from academia, private sector, civil society, think-tanks, development partners and donors, IFIs, government entities, UN agencies UNDP's global, regional and CO teams drawn from different thematic workstreams.