Defining urban resilience

By  | 2017

Dan Lewis introduces the need to address urban-based crisis prevention and response. The threat of urbanization outpacing the capacity of local governments to keep up and maintain delivery of services and the effects of a changing climate are two issues to be tackled. Taking into account the New Urban Agenda and its acceptance from the members state of the United Nations, Lewis stresses the need to empower local governments in order to prevent disasters and to define urban resilience programs.

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Dan Lewis is the Chief Urban Risk Reduction, UN Habitat Chief of the Urban Risk Reduction Unit at UN-Habitat, United Nations Human Settlements Programme. Dan is currently leading the Barcelona based City Resilience Profiling Programme focusing on providing governments with tools for measuring and increasing resilience to multi-hazard impacts.