5 Years: A Growing and Evolving Resilience Movement – 100 Resilient Cities

The World Bank estimates that $2 trillion will be spent annually over the next 15 years on urban infrastructure. The way to build stronger, more adaptable cities is to leverage those resources to produce multiple benefits, where a single intervention done right can address various challenges.


In 2013, The Rockefeller Foundation identified three major global trends: urbanization, globalization, and climate change. Cities were growing, becoming more interconnected and more vulnerable to climate-related threats. Looking to help the world cope with these challenges, and building on a 50-year legacy beginning with Jane Jacobs and leading to the Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN), 100 Resilient Cities was born.

What started as a bold, but untested, idea on how to best help cities prepare for the challenges of the 21st Century has transformed into a global movement driven by city leadership, urban stakeholders, and corporate and nonprofit partners. The Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), a position unheard of five years ago, is now in 84 cities an integral position for breaking down silos in city government and unifying stakeholders around their risks and opportunities.

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