Over the last decade, natural disasters have affected more than 220 million people and caused economic damage of $100 billion per year globally. By 2030, without significant investment to make cities more resilient, natural disasters may cost cities worldwide three times that amount a year, and climate change may push millions of urban residents into poverty (UNHabitat, 2018).
To mark World Cities Day, IGC is hosting a Twitter chat on how cities can effectively build resilience to manage a wide range of challenges – from the effects of climate change, to growing migrant populations, to poor infrastructure. Experts will highlight what works in building sustainable and resilient cities because while local context is critical, there may be lessons that cities can learn from each other.
The digital event is a timely launch of the Cities that Work twitter handle @IGC_CtW, the new digital space to discuss cutting age research and policy for emerging country cities!
When: 14:00 - 15:00 GMT, 31 October 2018
Rob McDonald @RobIMcDonald - Lead Scientist, Global Cities, The Nature Conservancy
Ammar Malik @MalikAmmar - Associate Director of Research at Harvard Kennedy School
Commonwealth Local Government Forum @CLGF_News
Yolisa Kani @YMashilwane – Head of Policy Uber, South Africa
Simon Gusah @lagos_resilient – Chief Resilience Officer Lagos
Amina Khan @Khan_ODI – Senior Research Officer, ODI
Gareth Morgan @gareth_morgan – Director of Resilience Cape Town
Gustavo Carvalho @Gusseig – Researcher at the Environmental Governance Lab, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, University of Toronto
Oliver Harman @IGC_CtW - Cities Economist, IGC