My city is getting ready. Is yours?

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.

Make My City Resilient

Get ready to join MCR2030

Making Cities Resilient is a network of cities and partners seriously committed to disaster risk reduction. In order to officially sign your city up and access the new knowledge sharing dashboard in January 2021, you’ll need a signed letter from your mayor committing to next steps for your stage on the resilience roadmap. 

What happens if I sign up for early access today?

Local governments, partners, and service providers will receive updates on the progress of Making Cities Resilient. They'll also be the first to know when the MCR dashboard tool launches in January 2021, when they'll be able to join MCR2030 officially. The dashboard will allow local governments and partners to share knowledge and resources, working toward disaster risk reduction together. In this online interactive tool, local governments will be able to track their progress and access support to move forward on the resilience roadmap. Service providers and partners will be able to create offers and resources for cities, helping to strengthen and protect their communities. 

 

When local governments get ready to join MCR2030 through the link below, they will receive a letter of commitment specific to their stage on the resilience roadmap. Between now and January 2021, local governments will have time to secure the support of their local leaders for the commitments outlined in the letter, and to get that letter signed. When the dashboard launches in January 2021, cities can join MCR2030 officially with the signed letter in hand. 

How will joining MCR2030 help my city thrive and reduce our disaster risk?

Mayors and local governments are both key targets and key drivers in building urban resilient. First, local governments benefit from urban risk reduction, as they are responsible for developing effective policies and tools in helping cities to get ready to meet future risks and to ensure development goals. Urban risk reduction therefore offers opportunities for attracting capital investments, creating fresh business possibilities, delivering greater social equality and providing more balanced ecosystems. Second, local governments hold key positions in successfully integrating disaster resilience into urban development planning processes and daily city operations, as they provide leadership for the well-being of their constituencies. They are also the closest institutional level to citizens and communities. Thus, their participation and leadership are vital to any commitments to implement disaster risk reduction.

 

MCR2030 will connect thousands of cities and help them share knowledge and resources. Villages, towns, and cities across the world don’t have to wait for a national mandate on disaster risk reduction. Municipalities are leading the way. 

 

You are the right person to lead the change on this problem for your city. MCR2030 is made up of thousands of people like you. 

Who are partners? How do I get involved if I’m not a village, town, or city?

Cities at different stages need different levels of support from partners 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 agency or individual with specific knowledge and expertise that can support cities to progress along the resilience roadmap are encouraged to join as MCR2030 partners. 

Supporting Partners are specialized agencies/organizations in the regions that have mandates or activities well aligned with MCR2030 and can provide specific technical inputs in fields that support cities to move through the 12 thematic areas of support of MCR2030 and along the resilience roadmap. This could include development agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society organizations (CSOs), academia and research institutions, media, as well as national governments, national associations of municipalities, and others. Supporting Partners will serve as mentors and play both partnership-brokering and advocacy roles for MCR2030. Supporting Partners are expected to provide these services as part of their in-kind contribution to MCR2030. In addition to in-kind contributions and commitments.

 

Supporting Partners may actively promote MCR2030 by hosting regional networking, capacity building and information sharing events, as well as providing direct support and engaging with the cities under the remit of the Regional Coordinating Committees (RCCs)

 

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Specialist service providers (SSPs) are the private sector entities or individual experts that can offer technical one-to-one advice and support cities in the formulation of DRR/resilience strategies and implementation of the resilience actions. Cities will have direct access to the list of SSPs through the MCR2030 registry. Most SSPs may charge a fee for their services and are expected to be engaged with the cities and local governments through procurement processes. Such arrangements are to be negotiated between the recipient cities and the SSPs directly and are independent of MCR2030. MCR2030 Core Partners, Supporting Partners and any entities or individuals serving on the advisory bodies of UNDRR and partners cannot join as the SSPs due to potential conflict of interests.

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The pandemic has put a magnifying glass on many of the gaps that we knew existed but it is above all challenging a lot of our perceptions and a lot of our models. Many of us thought that we could not stop the economies and we have done it. Many of us thought that there was a part of the planet that was protected from catastrophe and that is no longer the case.
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—Emilia Saiz, Secretary-General, United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), in the Coivd-19: Responding, Re-opening and Recovery Towards Resilience of Cities webinar
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Our joint choices now will determine how sustainable, resilient, and inclusive our cities will be tomorrow. We all have a unique opportunity to make the right decisions to create cities that work for all, now and in the future... Urban infrastructure is built to last. If we build without considering the needs of the most vulnerable, we perpetuate inequalities.
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—Grete Faremo, Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNOPS at the 2019 C40 World Mayors Summit, Copenhagen, 10 October 2019
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We need to make our societies more resilient and ensure a just transition….work together, leaving no one behind.
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—António Guterres, UN Secretary-General at the Opening of the General Debate of the 75th Session of the General Assembly, 22 September 2020
Helping your city thrive

Why reduce your disaster risk?

Reducing disaster risk is a critical component of sustainable development and overall resiliency. Disaster risk reduction investments saves lives, reduces damage to infrastructure, safeguards economic development and ensures development gains are sustained for future generations.

As of September 2016, the Campaign works with over 3,400 cities globally, ranging from major cities such as Mumbai and Cape Town to small towns in Austria, Chile, Pakistan and beyond.