Restoring Hope: Rethink & Re-imagine Our #Cities – Adopt #SDGDRR – #SDG18


David Evans, UN-Habitat, opened the session. Explaining that, ‘our actions should build on the resilience of people,’ he warned that excluding those affected by disasters during rebuilding will cause unintended harm. In his keynote address, Robert Glasser, UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction, noted that lack of knowledge and financial capacity leads to disaster vulnerability – gaps that can be filled through implementing the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction. Moderator Sri Husnaini Sofjan, Huairou Commission, invited panellists from Haiti, Iran, Mexico, Mozambique, Nepal and the Philippines to share their experiences of how they responded to disasters in their country. Panellists highlighted the importance of conducting training schemes for masons and engineers, and enabling affected populations to actively participate in rebuilding their communities following a disaster. Many underscored the importance of disaster preparedness.
Hans Guttman, Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre, moderated a second panel in the session. Panellists from the European Commission, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the UN Development Programme, and the World Bank called for increased engagement with those affected by disasters and recognition of their agency, emphasising the need for accountability, coordination and across all sectors and levels. Several added that time-sensitive preparedness plans are crucial, and the European Commission questioned how to ‘build back’ not just from natural disasters but from man-made disasters caused by civil war.
Audience members called for the inclusion of grassroots leaders, and particularly women, in disaster recovery, emphasising their roles as agents of change #SDGDRR#SDG18

The conclusion of the 9th World Urban Forum, #KualaLumpurDeclaration towards 2036 #SDGDRR – #SDG18


This is an emergency action opportunity to promote #SDG18 DISASTER RISK RESILIENCE for global disaster security with reference to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Response (#DRR). #SDGDRR #Resilience


Local government leaders must prioritise climate change action (#CCA) to mitigate and prepare for urban disaster risk reduction (#DRR). #ParisAgreement (#PA). Just half of the elected representatives or city officials arrive in office with a deep understanding of disaster risk-impact and climate change.


Non-avoidable risk-impact assessment in urban planning and design
Local implementation calls for the recognition and strengthening of local actors as agents for sustainable urban development and the promotion of decentralised government systems.


Every council’s planning committees casting plans way ahead of the next World Habitat Conference 2036.


Change proposed


By adopting SDG18 DISASTER RISK RESILIENCE will provide insightful examples for cities not only on the planning and implementing of the risk-sensitive plans but also on engaging multi-sectoral dialogue in resilience building processes; Risk-Informed Subnational Development Planning at all levels to put in place strong governance foundations so that risk-informed development can be sustained in near future planning and budgeting processes, tools, plans and policies, which in turn contributes directly to the implementation of Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (#Switch2Sendai), the New Urban Agenda (#NUA) and the Sustainable Development Goals (#SDGs).


The SDG18 would deliver risk-informed development through a comprehensive range of services, e.g. strengthen financial and institutional capacity within the Global Goals.


Outcome document-UN_Habitat_Urban Climatic Disaster Response – Adopt SDG18 –


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