Frequently asked questions about Making Cities Resilient 2030
MCR2030 welcomes cities, local governments and all parties who wish to provide support to cities along the resilience roadmap. This new program is an expansion of the MCR Campaign, which successfully reduced disaster risk for thousands of cities from 2010 to 2020.
What is MCR2030? What does it mean for my city or local government?
The Making Cities Resilient 2030 or MCR2030 is a unique cross-stakeholder initiative for improving local resilience through advocacy, sharing knowledge and experiences, reinforcing city-to-city learning networks, injecting technical expertise, connecting multiple layers of government, and building partnerships. Through delivering a clear roadmap to urban resilience, providing tools, access to knowledge and monitoring and reporting tools, MCR2030 will support cities on their journey to reduce risk and build resilience.
Building upon the success and lessons learned from the decade-long Making Cities Resilient (MCR) Campaign, the MCR2030 is co-created by Core Partners, including C40 Cities; ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability; International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC); Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); Resilient Cities Network (R-Cities); United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG); United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT); United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS); the World Bank Group; World Council on City Data (WCCD), with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR) as the Secretariat.
MCR2030 was launched in October 2020 and is operational from January 2021 until the end of 2030.
What’s the “resilience roadmap”?
The resilience roadmap is the pathway MCR2030 uses to guide cities towards resilience. It helps cities understand where they are on the resilience journey (Stage A, B or C) and know what to do to reduce risks and improve resilience, and progress further to ensure the cities are safe, resilient, and sustainable. Cities can enter MCR2030 at any stage and can access the services that are relevant to their progress.
What are the strategic objectives of MCR2030?
How will MCR2030 achieve our goals?
The MCR2030 goals can be achieved only with the commitment of cities and local governments and support from partners.
Mayors and local government leaders must demonstrate commitment by joining MCR2030 and setting a clear long-term direction towards resilience building. Local government officials from multiple sectors along with practitioners from diverse stakeholder groups must enhance capacities and take actions from awareness raising to planning, implementing resilience actions, and ensuring risk reduction and resilience issues are mainstreamed and integrated into city-wide development. Partners must stand ready to work with cities in this journey.
What’s the MCR2030 dashboard?
Why should I join?
If you are a city or local government:
MCR2030 wants to ensure cities become inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by 2030. It is a place where cities can find guidance and support to enhance understanding on risk reduction and resilience, to improve strategic planning to reduce risk and build resilience, and to take actions and progress along the resilience roadmap. All cities and local governments are highly encouraged to sign up as MCR2030 member cities.
If you are an organization working with cities:
Cities at different stages need different levels of support from experienced entities to progress along the resilience roadmap. Partners have a variety of tools useful for cities at different stages. Any national government entity, national association of municipality, development agency, non-governmental organizations (NGO), civil society organizations (CSO), academia and research institution, private sector organization, UN entity or organization, networks or interested entities with specific knowledge and expertise that can support cities to progress along the resilience roadmap are encouraged to join as MCR2030 participating entities.
How do I join MCR2030 officially?
How do we know which stage our city is in?
Take our stage assessment survey to find out which stage your city is on the resilience roadmap. Each stage has clear steps and activities to help you progress toward resiliency.
The support offer is linked to the stage the city is in (A, B or C), with products, tools and partners customized to that stage. So do the placement survey with care, as the results will determine access to specific offers.
How do I move from stage A to B, or B to C?
Upon joining the MCR2030, cities will have to commit to certain actions appropriate to the stage of entry. Cities can progress onto the next stage as their needs and commitments to MCR2030 evolve over time and as they reach the milestones, based on set criteria and pledged commitments. The goal of MCR2030 is to move cities to the end of Stage C, where they have mainstreamed DRR/resilience, and focus on monitoring and evaluation, to ensure they maintain the level of resilience achieved.
What are the commitments I have to make as a city?
Pledges and commitments proposed for Stage A cities:
- Apply the Ten Essentials for Making Cities Resilient, enhance awareness and understanding on disaster risk reduction and resilience with city officials and general public, and building a multi sectoral commitment to taking steps to make the city resilient;
Pledges and commitments proposed for Stage B cities:
- Develop or refine a disaster risk reduction and resilience strategy and ensure development plans are risk-informed with a clear monitoring and evaluation plan including indicators and criteria for moving to the next level;
Pledges and commitments proposed for Stage C cities:
- Implement, deliver, and sustain specific actions on DRR and resilience across city departments; mainstream and institutionalise DRR and resilience activities across all sectors of the city; develop a pipeline of bankable projects; and act as a mentor and share experiences with Stage A and B cities.
All stages of cities must commit to ensure regular updating and entry of progress onto the MCR2030 dashboard.
What are the criteria for moving from Stage A to B and from Stage B to C?
Criteria to move from Stage A to B:
- Conduct an awareness even or publicity on resilience outside the government (Advocate citizen and public of the importance of disaster risk reduction and resilience building at least once annually)
- Conduct an orientation workshop on resilience with staff and city council (Enhance awareness and understanding on resilience building among city officials)
- Establish a multi-sectoral committee on resilience building (Demonstrate an initial commitment of the city’s multi-sectoral departments and the city council to further develop and implement a city DRR and resilience strategy)
Criteria to move from Stage B to C:
- Complete the development of a DRR/resilience strategy, an urban development plan or any plan that identifies risk reduction and resilience actions
- Endorsement or tabling by governing body (e.g. city council) ready for implementation
How do I get the certificate of participation for my city?
All cities that sign-up to MCR2030 will receive a certificate of commitment. The certificate can be downloaded from the MCR2030 dashboard upon the confirmation of your city’s sign-up.
I need more information. How do I get in touch with MCR2030?
If you have difficulty in the sign-up process or a question that has not been answered above, please contact the MCR2030 secretariat relevant to your region.