100 Resilient Cities – Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation (100RC), recently announced that Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Giménez, has joined its City Leader Advisory Committee — a group of city chief executives that will contribute their expertise to the global resilience movement.
During the next two years, Advisory Committee members will advise on policy and advocacy, act as global champions and help 100RC identify and prioritize key issues essential to building urban resilience as 100RC begins implementing resilience building projects throughout its global network.
This announcement comes a year after Miami-Dade County, City of Miami Beach and City of Miami joined the 100RC program as Resilient Greater Miami and the Beaches (Resilient GM&B). Mayor Giménez joins highly respected international leaders from Mandalay, Myanmar; Sydney, Australia; Panama City, Panama, and Athens, Greece, among others.
“100RC’s international network has already provided our area’s Chief Resilience Officers with invaluable opportunities to connect with, and learn from, their counterparts around the world,” Mayor Gimenez said. “This new Advisory Committee builds upon that concept and opens up a dialogue with leaders of cities across varying stages of the resilience strategy building process.
“We are all facing our own resilience challenges and so it is critical we combine our skill sets to be better prepared to face future shocks and stressors. We’re already receiving strong positive feedback from our local partnership with the City of Miami and City of Miami Beach, and look forward to see the results of this global collaboration effort.”
The Rockefeller Foundation created 100 Resilient Cities in response to massive urbanization and the twin threats of climate change and globalization.
“Since then, the importance of cities, and therefore our work, has only grown,” said Michael Berkowitz, president, 100 Resilient Cities.
“Now, our practice is at a turning point. We’re pivoting from the early stages of planning, to the implementation of concrete projects aimed at improving the lives of people in our member cities. The City Leaders Advisory Committee formalizes the role these city executives have played as the global leaders of the urban resilience movement and will help shape the movement in years to come.”
100RC’s urban resilience work builds on a century of work by the Rockefeller Foundation helping the poor and vulnerable and more than 50 years of urban planning and policy expertise. Since 2013, 100RC has worked with its network cities to place more than 80 Chief Resilience Officers in cities, and its network members have released 32 Resilience Strategies. The inaugural meeting of the City Leaders Advisory Committee took place last week in Athens during the Athens Democracy Forum, with future meetings to take place on an annual basis.