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100 Resilient Cities Program Reaches 100 Members

The Rockefeller Foundation’s global initiative for urban resilience rounded out its membership this month with the addition of 37 cities.
June 2, 2016, 10am PDT | Elana Eden
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At joint events in Nairobi and Washington, D.C., 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) announced that it accepted a final cohort of 37 cities into the program, which seeks to "shape the global urban resilience movement."

New members, which span five continents, include Jakarta, Buenos Aires, Toronto, and Tel Aviv.

A quarter of all participating cities are in the United States, including eight of the newest members.

100RC offers participating cities two-year grants to hire a chief resilience officer (CRO) for two years. CROs coordinate the development of a citywide Resilience Strategy—a framework for managing both disasters and long-term stresses, including the impacts of climate change and social and economic equity.

The program also provides $200 million in support services and functions as a peer-to-peer network, facilitating collaboration among cities.

San Francisco was the first to appoint a CRO, and more than 50 cities have followed suit. A dozen cities, including New Orleans, have completed their Resilience Strategies. More than 1,000 cities worldwide applied to join the network since it began in 2013.

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Published on Wednesday, May 25, 2016 in The Guardian
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