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UN-backed Cities Race to Resilience is stressing the urgent need to build global climate resilience in a way that prioritises people and nature and enables vulnerable communities to thrive.
The city of Makati in the Philippines has become the first city to sign up to the Cities Race to Resilience, a global campaign to mobilise action on climate resilience ahead of COP26.
The United Nations-backed campaign is stressing the urgent need to build global climate resilience in a way that prioritises people and nature, and enables vulnerable communities to thrive in spite of climate shocks and stresses.
The Cities Race to Resilience is one of the initiatives under the Race to Resilience campaign, focused on driving cities to join and pledge their commitment to the global fight against climate change.
The Race to Resilience is a global campaign run by the COP26 presidency and high-level climate champions to rally leadership and support from cities, regions, businesses and investors to help frontline communities build resilience and adapt to the impacts of climate change.
The campaign is recruiting cities around the world to ensure adaptation and resilience are central to local urban planning and inclusive climate action efforts.
As global temperatures increase, climate-fuelled extreme weather has wreaked havoc on communities and more than 90 per cent of cities around the world are facing significant climate risks, threatening the future of humanity.
In 2020 alone, record-breaking wildfires ravaged Australia, Brazil, Siberia, and the Pacific West Coast, while Central America experienced the strongest Atlantic hurricane season on record.
As dense population centres and global commercial hubs – often located along coastal zones, freshwater bodies or important natural habitats – cities are uniquely vulnerable to the climate crisis. People living in cities are seeing the impact firsthand, and local leaders increasingly understand the enormous cost of failing to adapt to this new reality.
In response, mayors and city officials are pursuing innovative, sustainable, and inclusive strategies to weather these dangerous climate impacts.
“The aim of the Cities Race to Resilience is to place those voices front and centre and ensure that climate resilience goals are treated with the same, if not greater urgency as our race to halve emissions by 2030”
Through a partnership of initiatives, the Cities Race to Resilience campaign helps frontline communities to build resilience and adapt to the impacts of climate change, including extreme heat, drought, flooding and sea-level rise.
As part of their commitment to the Cities Race to Resilience, mayors and local leaders pledge to integrate climate change adaptation and resilience in all aspects of urban planning, and undertake a community-wide climate risk and vulnerability assessment that specifically addresses vulnerable communities. The commitment also requires cities to take immediate action and commit to a resilience action, and report on these commitments annually.
“I vow to serve as a critical voice toward meeting the goals of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) Race to Resilience campaign, which aims to help communities build resilience and adapt to the impacts of climate change,” said Abigail Binay, mayor of Makati who sits on the board of the Global Covenant of Mayors.
Nigel Topping, UK high level climate action champion, said the aim of the Cities Race to Resilience is to place those voices front and centre and ensure that climate resilience goals are treated with the same if not greater urgency as our race to halve emissions by 2030.”
Global city partners of the Cities Race to Resilience include the Resilient Cities Network, C40 Cities, the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy (GCoM), ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI), United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), CDP, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030).