The Medellin Collaboration for Urban Resilience, of which ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is a member, has reaffirmed its commitment to strengthen the resilience of all cities and human settlements around the world. Collectively, the Medellin Collaboration supports 4,000 cities globally and commits more than US$2 billion annually towards advancing resilient urban development.
This commitment coincides with Habitat III, the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development in Quito, where nations are adopting the New Urban Agenda, the global framework that will guide sustainable urbanization in the coming decades.
This decision by the Medellin Collaboration recognizes that resilience is a critical part of sustainability in a rapidly urbanizing world. 1.4 million people added to the urban population each week and, by 2030, there will be nearly five billion urban dwellers, representing 60 percent of the global population. Over the past 30 years, the proportion of the population living in flood-prone river basins and along cyclone-exposed coastlines has increased by 114 percent and 192 percent, respectively.
Since its launch at the 7th World Urban Forum in 2014, the Medellin Collaboration has provided knowledge and financial support to help cities become more resilient to natural hazards and disruptions caused by climate change and other risk drivers, including rapid urbanization. The The Medellin collaboration includes a diversity of members, including ICLEI, UN-Habitat, UNISDR, the World Bank, Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery, IDB, the Rockefeller Foundation, 100 Resilient Cities, C40 and Cities Alliance.
The Medellin Collaboration is now also reaffirming its commitment to support cities in achieving the targets set out in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda.
The full statement released by the Medellin Collaboration is available here.
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