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Rockefeller Foundation launches new Climate and Resilience initiative

The organisation is committing an initial $8 million to continue supporting the work of chief resilience officers and member cities within the 100 Resilient Cities Network.

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New initiative aims to help cities prepare for physical, social and economic uncertainties
New initiative aims to help cities prepare for physical, social and economic uncertainties

The Rockefeller Foundation is launching a new Climate and Resilience initiative and committing an initial $8 million to continue supporting the work of chief resilience officers (CROs) and member cities within the 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) Network.

 

The existing 100RC organisation will conclude this month, and this funding will enable a new project to continue supporting the implementation of resilience initiatives incubated through the work of 100RC.

 

Continued collaboration

 

Across six years, 100 Resilient Cities launched more than 80 resilience strategies, more than 4,000 actions and initiatives, and leveraged $25 billion in external funding to implement those efforts. The Rockefeller Foundation will continue collaborating with the network of global cities, CROs, and a small group of former 100RC senior staff to plan these efforts. It has committed to a partnership for the next five years.

 

The new initiative will be led by Elizabeth Yee as managing director, who joins the Rockefeller Foundation from 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) where she was the organisation’s vice president of resilience finance.

 

She worked directly with cities to redesign budgets, partnered with public and private sector entities to develop new financial products, and created a multi-industry partner network to support member cities’ resilience development and implementation efforts.

 

“Rapid changes in climate are exposing global citizens to unpredictable risks, and there is an increasing need to leverage data and technology to ensure we make informed decisions, and design and deliver solutions that improve the resilience of communities,” said Yee.

 

She added: “Continuing to support the 100RC Network is a core part of our ability to understand and tackle these immense challenges, which require creative, blended capital solutions to address at scale. I am excited to lead the new Climate and Resilience initiative at the Foundation and build on its legacy in resilience, to ensure that we develop and deliver solutions that positively transform the lives of vulnerable populations.”

"There is an increasing need to leverage data and technology to ensure we make informed decisions, and design and deliver solutions that improve the resilience of communities”

The Rockefeller Foundation’s Climate and Resilience initiative will focus on identifying, designing and supporting opportunities that increase climate and resilience capital flows into financial solutions, companies and projects that have a positive impact on the lives of vulnerable people.

 

It will also integrate climate and resilience principles throughout the Foundation’s work in food, health, power and the expansion of US economic opportunities, in addition to coordinating grant making for disaster recovery situations.

 

Dr Adriana Campelo, chief resilience officer for the City of Salvador, Brazil, said the work initiated by 100 Resilient Cities is unprecedented in bringing worldwide awareness of urban resilience and added: “The development and implementation of resilience strategies have to date influenced the nature of public policies, business practices and collaborative processes making them more horizontal, inclusive and sustainable globally.

 

"I’m glad that the 100RC Network of cities can continue making cities more equitable and more livable.”

 

Her sentiments were echoed by Lenio Myrivili, deputy mayor and chief resilience officer for the City of Athens, Greece: “The partnership between cities and The Rockefeller Foundation, established and nurtured through the 100 Resilient Cities programme, has created a unique community of practice, with an extraordinary political mandate, to positively impact vulnerable people, in growing cities, in the era of climate change. I am delighted that we continue the incredible journey of creating urban resilience within the 100RC Network.”

 

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