Making Cities Resilient Report 2012

My City is Getting Ready! A Global Snapshot of How Local Governments Reduce Disaster Risk

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This report is a product of cities' and local governments' efforts to protect their cities and make them safer and productive places to live and work. Today, with more that half of the world's population living in urban areas, building resilience to natural hazards has become a pressing challenge that cannot be ignored. Recognition of the inextricable links among disaster risk reduction, climate change adaptation and sustainable development reveals the critical challenges that still remain. UNISDR and global partners in the Making Cities Resilient Campaign: My City is Getting Ready! will continue to accompany local authorities as they tackle these issues and take action to minimize the impact of natural hazards on those most at risk.




UNISDR would like to acknowledge and thank everyone who has participated in the development of this report. An extensive number of city representatives, partners, and experts made this report possible, responding to interviews, questionnaires and requests for information. In particular, we would like to thank the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), which ISDR commissioned to carry out the research and analysis that form the content of this report. The sources and methodology they used can be found in Annex 1. See Annex 2 for a full list of all cities cited in this Report.


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