Making Cities Resilient by 2030 (MCR2030)

Last Updated
22 February 2021
Start Date
1 January 2021
Completion Date
31 December 2030

Action Implemented

In partnership with UCLG, ICLEI, the World Bank, UN-Habitat, IFRC, the World Council on City Data and the Global Resilient Cities Network (Rockefeller Foundation), UNOPS and C40, a global partnership is operational to help make cities resilient by 2030 (MCR2030). This iniitative aims to help local governments achieve risk informed development at the local level by implementation of sound and inclusive strategies for disaster risk reduction and resileince. Key areas of focus include providing advisory support for improved DRR and resilience planning, climate finance, municipal finance and climate adaptation; improved coordination between National and local governments and national associations of local governments and forging strong partnerships with the private sector for more efficient implementation.

Outcomes and Expected Impact

This initiative seeks to scale-up resilience at the local level with the following specific objectives: • Increasing number of cities committed to reducing local disaster/ climate risk and building resilience, with increasing number of cities demonstrably improving their sustainability through implementing disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and integrated resilience plans and taking actions to enhance resilience; and • Increasing the number of partnerships globally and in all regions, bringing synergized collaboration and support to cities as they move along a resilience roadmap.

Sustainability and Scalability

It is a multi partner initiative, seeking to bring many tools and approaches under one umbrella, making it simpler for cities to access such products which can help in enhancing resilience. The initiative works closely with national governments to promote national programs on urban resilience, for scale and sustainability.

Innovative and Cultural Aspects

This initiative promotes an online interface between private sector service providers, offering gratis and fee based services, and cities through a searchable online listing of service providers.

Lessons Learned

The lessons from past programs have been integrated especially that any initiative must set out a clear resilience roadmap that offers different entry and exit points, must connect cities with technical partners and service providers who can support assessments, planning, provide technical specialized input, support implementation and monitoring, and must connect cities with funding streams and innovative financing tools.

Social Inclusion

The objective of the initiative is to ensure no one is left behind in the journey to enhanced resilience. The aim is to engage with cities which are normally left out of global urban intitiaves by connecting and engaging with global and regional networks of cities such as UCLG, ICLEI, etc. and with national governments.

Key Dates

Start year: 2021

Title of outcome document

Abu Dhabi Declared Actions

Associated with the Outcome Document

The Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum

Name of Organization


Focal Point

Name : Sanjaya Bhatia

Initiative Location

Region : Europe and Central Asia

Your initiative is contributing to

Make Cities Resilient by 2030

Sustainable Development Goals

Goal 11 - Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

New Urban Agenda Commitments

Environmentally Sustainable and Resilient Urban Development