Skyline of Santiago, Chile on a sunny day. Behind the buildings, haze or smog somewhat obscures rolling hills.
Panoramic view of Santiago, Chile


ICLEI’s South America Secretariat and Resilient Cities Network’s Latin America and the Caribbean Office signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) during the closing plenary of the second edition of Mercociudades on October 28.  

Regional Director for ICLEI South America, Rodrigo De Oliveira Perpetuo, and Resilient Cities Network’s Global Director Strategic Partnerships and Head of Latin America and the Caribbean, Eugene Zapata-Garesché, represented their respective organizations, agreeing to a collaboration that aims to support Latin American and Caribbean cities in building a more resilient and sustainable future. 

To accelerate the transition towards resilient and sustainable cities, the two organizations will join forces to enhance knowledge, share information together, and facilitate bilateral cooperation in fulfilling a vision of cities, towns, and regions becoming more resilient to the acute shocks, like climate disasters, and chronic stresses, like poor housing quality or an ongoing drought, that buffer our cities.  

The collaboration is supported by Chief Resilience Officers across the region, including Adriana Campelo, CRO of Salvador, Brazil, and David Groisman, CRO of Buenos Aires, Argentina, both members of the Resilient Cities Network Global Steering Committee.