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Global Resilient Cities Network

Joined in April 2020

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The Global Resilient Cities Network builds on over ten years of investment in resilience from The Rockefeller Foundation. GRCN is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. GRCN supports the adoption and incorporation of a view of resilience that includes not just the shocks—earthquakes, fires, floods, etc.—but also the stresses that weaken the fabric of a city on a day to day or cyclical basis.

In GRCN’s view these shocks and stresses are not only nor always related to disasters or climate change. Examples of these include high unemployment, an overtaxed or inefficient public transportation system, endemic violence or chronic food and water shortages. By addressing both the shocks and the stresses, a city becomes better able to respond to adverse events and is overall in a better position to deliver basic functions in both good times and bad, to all populations.

Present in over 40 countries around the world, GRCN member cities have created an innovative position in city government, the Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), to lead the city’s resilience efforts and they have adopted a City Resilience Strategy to guide their resilience efforts. Through these actions GRCN not only helps individual cities become more resilient but facilitates the building of a practice of urban resilience globally.

The Global Resilient Cities Network builds on over ten years of investment in resilience from The Rockefeller Foundation. GRCN is dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic…

Issue Areas Include

  • Climate Change
  • Disaster Relief
  • Economic Development
  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Policy

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