Resilient Cities – The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation – is hosted every year in Bonn.
In 2010 ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, the World Mayors Council on Climate Change and the City of Bonn, Germany launched Resilient Cities, the first forum on cities and adaptation to climate change (in 2012 renamed as Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation).
More than 500 participants and beyond 30 partners each year helped make Resilient Cities a milestone event connecting local government leaders and climate adaptation experts to discuss adaptation challenges facing urban environments around the globe.
For a decade, ICLEI Resilient Cities has been providing a global and open space where local governments, researchers, businesses and civil society could meet as equals, contributing with their knowledge and expertise to the advancement of urban resilience.
Our leading and cutting-edge position in such a realm is a constant reflection of our values: a knowledge-based expertise; a constant and transparent engagement with our partners; and a unique know-how on connecting and supporting stakeholders, rather than imposing measures “from above”.
During the years, our commitments and transparent activity have cultivated trust among our partners, which now recognize ICLEI Resilient Cities as the gravitational center of the resilience universe.
Over the last ten years, Resilient Cities has congregated around 4,000 participants from over 350 cities worldwide from 84 countries. Cities from both the Global South and the Global North have been represented at the Congress throughout the past years. Among them: Accra, Bangkok, Bogotá, Buenos Aires, Cairo, Cape Town, Copenhagen, Ho Chi Minh City, Istanbul, Jakarta, Luxembourg, Melbourne, Mexico City, Mumbai, Nairobi, Oslo, Paris, Singapore, Stockholm, Tel Aviv, Tokyo, Vancouver, and many others.