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City-level capacity-building for resilience


COP 25 side event: City-level capacity-building for resilience

CAPACITY BUILDING HUB: Local Governments and Cities Day

Time: Saturday the 7th December, 10:00 to 11:30

Place:  2019 UN Climate Change Conference - COP 25

Format: Presentations and panel discussion


The session aims at discussing and understanding challenges and opportunities for building capacities for urban resilience transition; responding to the Cities-IPCC call for fostering dialogue between practitioners, policy makers and researchers; to develop and promote peer-to-peer learning across regions, sectors and disciplines. The session will report the results of the first edition of the BLOXHUB Summer School on Urban Resilience that brought together 26 practitioners, policy makers and researchers and 30 lecturers from 30 countries, in Copenhagen in September 2019; as well as the preliminary results of the current research on capacity building and skills development needs, led by the University of Southern Denmark, in collaboration with researchers from Imperial Colleague London, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University IUAV of Venice.

The session is ultimately aiming at expanding the collaboration for developing capacity building activities able to support an ambitious and timely transition of cities toward resilience, through systemic actions able to integrate climate mitigation and adaptation.

The session is be instrumental to understand and respond to capacity building needs on urban resilience, having an impact in raising ambitions and taking urgent actions for promoting the resilient transition of cities, through evidence-based decision making and integrated actions, coupling climate adaptation and mitigation, both in the global south and in the global north.

A short report of the session will be realized with the key messages and recommendations.

The results of the session will contribute to the further development of the Summer School on Urban Resilience and partners’ capacity building activities in general.

Selected participants to the session will be interviewed in the frame of the current research project aimed at understanding knowledge gaps, capacity building and skills development needs for urban resilience.


Alexandros Makarigakis, Programme Specialist, Water for Human Settlements, International Hydrological Progamme, Natural Sciences Sector, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO

Carmen Vogt, Programme Director, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Jennifer Lenhart, Global Lead, WWF CITIES, World Wide Fund for Nature WWF

María Máñez Costa, Senior Researcher, Climate Service Center Germany GERICS, Helmholtz Center Geesthacht

Marcus Mayr, Urban Climate Change Specialist, United Nations Human Settlements Programme UN-Habitat

Maryke van Staden , Manager of the Low Emissions Development Program,  Director of Bonn Center for Local Climate Action and Reporting , ICLEI World Secretariat

Saleemul Huq, Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development ICCCAD, Independent University, Bangladesh IUB


Corina Angheloiu Corina Angheloiu, Researcher, Imperial College London

Kasia Wieszczeczynska, Research Assistant, SDU Civil and Architectural Engineering, Department of Technology and Innovation, University of Southern Denmark


Nicola TollinProfessor wsr in Urban Resilience, SDU Civil and Architectural Engineering, Department of Technology and Innovation, University of Southern Denmark





Last Updated 05.08.2020