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100 Resilient Cities

Helping cities around the world become more resilient to physical, social, and economic shocks and stresses.


First 100 CitiesCrisis is the new normal for cities in the 21st century. Because of the collision of globalization, urbanization, and climate change, not a week goes by that there’s not a disruption to a city somewhere in the world: a cyber attack, a natural disaster, or economic or social upheaval. Meanwhile, cities face acute stresses, such as poverty, endemic crime and violence, or failing infrastructure, that weaken a city over time.

“Crisis is the new normal for cities in the 21st century.”

While cities can’t predict which disruptions will come next, they can plan for them, learn from them, and generate additional benefits through the same investments, such as opportunities for economic growth or improved parks for city residents. In other words, they can achieve “resilience dividends” that can make cities better places to live not just in times of emergency, but every single day.

Our Strategy
In 2013, The Rockefeller Foundation pioneered 100 Resilient Cities to help more cities build resilience to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century.

Cities apply to become part of the 100 Resilient Cities Network. If selected, they are eligible to receive four types of support:

  • Support to hire a Chief Resilience Officer, an innovative new position in government that will lead the city’s resilience efforts
  • Expertise to develop a robust resilience strategy
  • Access to a platform of partners providing technologies and services to help cities implement a resilience strategy. Partners include Microsoft, Swiss Re, and the Nature Conservancy.
  • Membership in the 100 Resilient Cities Network, a global network of cities already collaborating with and learning from each other.

To date, over 1,000 cities have applied, and 100 cities have been selected, to join the Network – representing over one-fifth of the world’s urban population.

To learn more, and to view the complete list of cities and platform partners, visit www.100resilientcities.org.

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