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London joins 100 Resilient Cities

Fiona Twycross has been appointed new chief resilience officer to lead resilience strategy for London

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City Hall will receive support from 100RC in developing a resilience strategy
City Hall will receive support from 100RC in developing a resilience strategy

London is joining 100 Resilient Cities (100RC), the organisation which aims to help cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.

 

The 100RC initiative, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, aims to share ideas and design plans to tackle the UK capital’s challenges including a growing population, infrastructure and transport.

 

Facing risks head-on

 

According to 100RC, cities across the world are adopting this style of resilience planning to face the risks head on and London will be joining Paris, Kyoto, New York, Singapore and Buenos Aires among others to share ideas and create a robust strategy.

 

The headquarters of the London Greater Authority, City Hall, will receive support from 100RC in developing a strategy, together with access to a range of partners to provide the tools and services needed to implement the strategy.

 

Additionally, the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, has appointed Fiona Twycross as the chief resilience officer to lead resilience strategy for London.

“Resilience isn’t just about emergencies and how we respond to them, it’s about identifying the risks and putting together a range of measures to help us mitigate those"

“London faces huge pressures in the future, including the impact of Brexit on our economy, a severe lack of affordable housing and the challenges of tackling serious violence on our streets" said Fiona Twycross, deputy mayor for fire and resilience.

 

“All of this is against a backdrop of a growing population in London and the challenges of ensuring we have the infrastructure to keep our capital the best city in the world.

 

“Resilience isn’t just about emergencies and how we respond to them, it’s about identifying the risks and putting together a range of measures to help us mitigate those while ensuring our frontline services and resources are directed where they are needed most.”

 

Holistic resilience-building

 

Michael Berkowitz, president of 100 Resilient Cities, said that through its partnership with 100RC, London is engaging in a "holistic resilience-building process", led by Fiona Twycross and supported by the mayor of London.

 

“London is joining a network of peers from cities across the globe that will share best practices and innovative thinking, and we look forward to working together with the deputy mayor and her team to build a more resilient London.”

 

100RC bids to help cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are part of the 21st century. 100RC said it aims to provide this assistance through: funding for a chief resilience officer in each of our cities which will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a resilience strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges.

 

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