Leadership for Urban Resilience and Sustainable Development

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R-Cities is partnering with Citi Foundation to better enable the public sector to lead multisector solutions to deliver resilience and SDGs in the cities. This program is built under the hypothesis of the unlocked capacity of the public sector to engage with business to understand their roles in the city system and harness their potential to build urban resilience. Hence, this Citi Foundation supported program “Leadership for Urban Resilience and Sustainable Development” aims to help cities build better partnerships, including with the private sector, to build urban resilience and advance SDGs agendas.

Program Objective

Cities in the APAC region span a wide range of scale, growth and complexity, meaning resilience challenges such as aging infrastructure, climate change, migration and shifting macro-economic trends disproportionally affect the individuals living in those urban areas as well as the systems that support them.

We believe there is an opportunity to create better in-house capacity within the public sector to engage businesses to understand these resilience challenges and participate in the delivery of the SDGs and urban resilience in cities. To achieve those goals, it will require more dynamic and better facilitated challenges framing and engagement models that can enable necessary effective collaboration.

Therefore, this program will test and refine resilience assessment and engagement models in two different governance systems and aims for the following objectives:

  1. Develop leadership capacity building and project development tools that support public and private sector actors to collaborate on building leadership for resilience and contribute to the sustainable development goals.
  2. Publish a roadmap of resilience building partnership that will capture and reflect on how the leadership capacity building and project development tools are enabling the following:
    (i) Increased institutional capacity to align key stakeholders around key resilience challenges,
    (ii) The advancement of the SDGs and resilience agenda through multi sector collaboration, including with the private sector.

For the longer-term outcome, this program is looking to demonstrate a roadmap that can be replicated across cities to build leadership to deliver resilience & SDG in cities through the co-design of tools & engagement models involving governments, communities and the private sector.

Program Components

Resilience and Asset Management Practice
The program is looking at how the public sector can develop tools to engage asset owners and managers to streamline resilience into their asset management practice by understanding their assets reliance, interdependencies and influence on the city system.

Multisector Coalition for Localizing SDGs
The program is looking at how the public sector can build and test resilience assessment tools as well as engagement strategy with private sectors, philanthropy and non-government actors for SDG localization at neighbourhood level.

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