Frequently asked questions about Making Cities Resilient

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

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Core Partners, including C40 Cities; Global Resilient Cities Network (GRCN); ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability; International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC); Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); 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 will be 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 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?

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Improve cities’ understanding of risk and secure their commitment to local disaster risk reduction and resilience; by:

  • providing evidence-based information and resources on why and how cities can effectively reduce disaster and climate risks to improve their urban resilience and sustainability;
  • enhancing their understanding of localized and systemic risks through advocacy.

2

Strengthen cities’ capacity to develop local strategies/plans to enhance resilience; by:

  • improving their self-assessment and diagnostic skills; 
  • providing relevant training and tools for strategic planning to reduce disaster and climate risks and for risk-informed development.

3

Support cities to implement local strategies/plans to enhance resilience; by:

  • providing access to finance for supporting DRR, climate change adaptation and to implement resilience initiatives;
  • improving the ability of local authorities to plan, design, build and manage resilient infrastructure; 
  • improving the capacity of local authorities to take a systems approach to resilience;
  • improving the capacity of local authorities to use nature-based solutions and seek innovative approach to address local resilience.

Cross-cutting areas will include:

  • strengthening vertical links between local governments, national governments and national associations of local governments;
  • strengthening horizontal links amongst local partners to ensure sustainability;
  • connecting cities with cities to learn and share.

What does MCR2030 expect to achieve?

MCR2030 aims to ensure cities become inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by 2030, contributing directly to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG11) and other global frameworks including the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda.

Through participation in the MCR2030, cities and local governments are expected to commit to resilience building.  MCR2030 expects:

  • increasing number of cities and local governments committed to understanding risk reduction and resilience (Stage A cities)
  • increasing number of cities and local governments committed to developing DRR/resilience strategy (Stage B cities)
  • increasing number of cities committed to implementing DRR and resilience actions and mainstream DRR/resilience into urban sustainable development (Stage C cities)
  • increasing number of cities progressing from awareness raising into DRR/resilience planning (Cities progressing from Stage A to B); and
  • increasing number of cities progressing from planning to implementing DRR/resilience actions (Cities progressing from Stage B to C)

How will MCR2030 achieve our goals?

The MCR2030 goals can be achieved 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 tool or dashboard? What’s happening in January 2021?

MCR2030 dashboard is a tool used to facilitate the resilience journey of cities. Using the dashboard, cities will be able to view and visualize their own progress against the resilience roadmap. The dashboard will offer cities the opportunity to upload their resilience information progress against their own commitment to resilience actions. As cities complete the minimum criteria required in each resilience stage, they can advance along the resilience roadmap. Cities will be able to make their progress viewable to other MCR2030 cities or keep the information private (accessible only to relevant personnel involved in developing and managing the local DRR and resilience strategy).

Partners, particularly at the regional level, can list their expertise, services, and tools on the MCR2030 dashboard and can interact with cities who may need their support to progress along the resilience roadmap.

MCR2030 partners and member cities can access the MCR2030 dashboard once the sign-up is completed.

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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 or individuals working with cities:

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. 

How do I join MCR2030 officially?

MCR2030 is launching the dashboard tool in January 2021 and will accept applications to join, with a signed letter from the city’s mayor, then. To get that letter template, you can sign up now for early access. 

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.

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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:

  • A commitment to move along a pathway to develop and implement a participatory and multi-sector DRR and resilience strategy.

Pledges and commitments proposed for Stage B cities:

  • Clear undertakings to move towards development or refinement of a DRR and resilience strategy and ensure development plans are risk-informed;
  • A clear monitoring and evaluation plan, including indicators and criteria for moving to the next level.

Pledges and commitments proposed for Stage C cities:

  • Commitment to acting as a mentor and sharing experiences with Stage A and B cities;
  • A commitment to implement, deliver and sustain longer term and specific actions on DRR and resilience across city departments;
  • Mainstream and institutionalise DRR and resilience strategies and activities across all sectors of the city; 
  • Develop a pipeline of bankable projects to ensure sustained disaster resilience;
  • All stages of cities must commit to ensure regular updating and entry of progress onto the MCR2030 dashboard.

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:

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Conducted Awareness events / publicity for outside the government in the last 12 months

2

Orientation workshop with staff and city council

 

3

Establish multi-sectoral committee on resilience building and committed to develop DRR and resilience strategy (e.g. most departments are on the committee and will oversee development of the strategy, that the city council is aware of this initiative for early buy-in)

Criteria to move from Stage B to C:

1

Complete the development of a DRR/resilience strategy, an urban development plan or any plan that identifies risk reduction and resilience actions

2

Endorsement or tabling by governing body (e.g. city council) ready for implementation

How do I get the certificate of participation for my city?

The certificate of membership can be downloaded from the MCR2030 dashboard upon the confirmation of your city’s sign-up. The dashboard will launch in January 2021. 

How do I see the offers from partners and service providers?

Cities can view the offers from partners and service providers via the MCR2030 dashboard.

What’s the MCR dashboard?

I need more information. How do I get in touch with MCR2030?

If you have difficulty in the registration process or a question that has not been answered above, please contact the MCR2030 secretariat relevant to your region. 

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