An Analytical Review: A Decade of Urban Resilience



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An Analytical Review: A Decade of Urban Resilience

December 3, 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 fastest growing cities face high vulnerability to disaster/climate risks putting $4tn worth of assets at risk and that nearly 43% of people in fragile contexts are living in cities, expected to rise to 48% by 2030 and 59% by 2050 while by 2030. 

‘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 by 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 and others.

The Analytical Review has identified existing gaps in urban resilience building, current demands from city and national counterparts while also identifying emerging needs and priorities which are sought to be addressed through policy and programmatic action in line with the Urban Risk Management and Resilience Strategy