During today's Opening Plenary of the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in NYC, Former President Bill Clinton announced a global commitment to the 100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge. We are honored to be listed alongside esteemed partners, Swiss Re, American Institute of Architects, and Palantir on this Rockefeller Foundation pioneered and led Commitment to Action.
By 2050, 75% of the world’s population will live in cities– the 100 Resilient Cities commitment partners see building urban resilience as an imperative of the 21st Century. Shocks and stresses, whether caused by extreme weather related to climate change, seismic events or terrorism– affect cities on a larger scale due to population density, often with tragic results. But through proactive planning, foresight and better investment, cities can mitigate these impacts.
“This commitment represents a sea change in the scope and approach that the non-profit community holds towards disaster. Rockefeller and its partners are addressing disaster before it happens. By making such a commitment, the partnership will be saving lives and property throughout the globe and demonstrating the leadership that will be necessary to ensure a stronger urban future.” -- Eric Cesal, our Director of Reconstruction and Resiliency Studio, on today's announcement.
To begin these proactive changes, supported through a $100 million pledge to build urban resilience from The Rockefeller Foundation, the 100 Resilient Cities program will support at least 100 cities to hire a Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), create a resilience strategy, and provide access to tools, technical support, and resources for implementation, including access to innovative financing for infrastructure development. The program will also create a network for CROs to share information and best practices.
We will work with the AIA, Public Architecture and others to provide expertise in support of the 100 Resilient Cities program and will execute community engagement and planning services, laying the groundwork needed to prepare each city to work with the Chief Resiliency Officers. In addition, we will open five domestic Regional Resiliency Design Studios to serve as working hubs to help implement resiliency projects.
Cameron Sinclair onstage at Opening Plenary with Former President Bill Clinton. Image by @kristiwooten
“The significance of our work is that we build things, which provides us the opportunity to learn what works and contribute that to this partnership. I believe we will see the positive impact of this program in building practices, disaster mitigation and economic development. This is a pivotal moment in resiliency and we applaud the Rockefeller Foundation for making this monumental commitment, “ -- Sherry-Lea Bloodworth Botop our Director of Strategic Development.
As the 100 Resilient Cities network grows, each city that joins or expresses interest through future rounds of applications, and each private entities that follows the our lead with current commitment partners, Swiss Re, AIA, and Palantir, the potential to change the future of city planning globally will become increasingly powerful and real.
Following the Challenge process and with recommendations of a panel of expert judges, the first round of 20 cities to join the 100 Resilient Cities network will be announced on December 3, 2013 at The Rockefeller Foundation’s annual Innovation Forum. Cities from around the world were invited to apply, and to date, more than 500 cities have participated in the application process.
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Clinton Global Initiative
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), an initiative of Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation, convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,300 commitments, which are already improving the lives of more than 400 million people in over 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $73.5 billion.
CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world, and, this year, CGI Latin America, which will bring together Latin American leaders to identify, harness, and strengthen ways to improve the livelihoods of people in Latin America and around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.