The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities initiative reached its target of securing 100 member cities within three years of being created, last week, as it welcomed 37 new member cities to its network.
The new members span five continents and include the Asian cities of Pune and Jaipur in India, Malacca in Malaysia, the Indonesian capital Jakarta, Kyoto in Japan, Chan Tho in Vietnam and the Chinese cities of Haiyan and Yiwu.
Michael Berkowitz, President of 100RC, said: “We are proud today to celebrate the fulfilment of our initial commitment to reach 100 cities – but the real work lies ahead. The threshold of success for 100 RC will not solely be progress within our network of 100 cities.”
The 100RC project is pioneered by the Foundation to advance the capability of citizens, communities, institutions, and businesses within a city to survive, adapt and grow in the face of environmental, social, and economic challenges. It is also designed to enhance urban resilience.
The cities that qualified to become members of the network passed through three challenge areas and were chosen from 1,000 applications which the network received and evaluated over the course of three years. The icing on the cake, members of the 100RC, urban cities will receive a grant of more than US$200 million.
Dr Judith Rodin stated that, “Incorporating resilience planning and principles not only prepares cities for disasters and long-term threats, but also improves everyday living standards for all members of an urban community. The geographical, political and cultural diversity in the now-complete 100 RC network demonstrates that when it comes to dealing with this century’s toughest challenges, resilience planning is essential.”
Cities worldwide are facing the issues of increasing population growth and concentration, and the rapid depletion of natural resources, making them vulnerable to climate change impacts including floods, typhoons, severe drought and rising sea levels.
The new member cities, from Nairobi to Washington DC, are among the most vulnerable to floods, droughts, earthquakes, disease epidemics, cyber-security attacks and war.