Inclusive and Resilient Recovery in Urban Contexts

More than two-thirds of the world population is projected to live in urban areas by 2050. Cities are facing increasingly complex risks, driven by rapid and often unplanned urbanization, climate change, poverty, and rising inequalities. Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent, threatening cities and citizens. The more cities use disaster recovery as an opportunity to build resilience, the less they will suffer – and pay – in future. 


This session will: 

  • Share practical experiences and learnings related to inclusive and resilient urban recovery in the COVID-19 context, including from smaller and medium sized cities 
  • Provide policy recommendations and action points for inclusive and resilient urban recovery in urban contexts that can be scaled for impact 
  • Promote genuine and durable partnerships that support more inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable urban spaces  


  • Mahmoud El Burai - Chairman of the board ARISE UAE, Arise network


  • Bijal Brahmbhatt - Director, Mahila housing trust
  • Yelnar Bazyken - Head, Center of Urbanism of Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan
  • Andrew Obafemi - Professor and Director, Centre for Disaster Risk Management & Development Studies, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria
  • Joana Bispo - Coordination Assistant, Agenda Teresina 2030, Brazil
  • Luisa Maria Neves Salgueiro - Mayor of Matosinhos, Portugal

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Where do we stand? 

Urban areas face increasingly complex risks. Extreme weather events are becoming more frequent, threatening cities and citizens. At the same time, many local governments continue to operate under severe resource constraints while dealing with consecutive and compound disasters. Vulnerable groups, such as women and girls, people with disabilities, migrants, and informal workers, are particularly affected. 
However, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 highlights the opportunity of enhancing the capacity of cities to rebound from hazards and disasters. National and local authorities around the world are increasingly adopting a partnership approach to risk resilience. Disaster risk management and climate change adaptation is increasingly being incorporated into municipal policies. In many cases, this is translating into increased investment in disaster risk reduction across sectors and at different levels. 

Session guiding questions 

  • What steps are cities taking to address climate emergency and how can civil society and academia strengthen their partnership with local governments? 
  • What are the best practices in urban settings for a socially inclusive recovery from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis? 
  • How can the Making Cities Resilient 2030 initiative (MCR2030) scale up its practical support to local governments to prevent and reduce disaster risk? 
  • What are the main learnings and recommendations on recovery in urban contexts for the years to come? 
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26 May 2022
11:15 - 12:45 (Bali UTC+8)


Nusa Dua Hall
BNDCC 1-Ground Floor

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