Main Organisers

ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability is a global network of more than 1,750 local and regional governments committed to sustainable urban development. Active in 100+ countries, we influence sustainability policy and drive local action for low emission, nature-based, equitable, resilient and circular development. Our Members and team of experts work together through peer exchange, partnerships and capacity building to create systemic change for urban sustainability.

The European Environment Agency (EEA) provides sound, independent information on the environment for those involved in developing, adopting, implementing and evaluating environmental policy, and the general public. In close collaboration with the European Environmental Information and Observation Network (Eionet) and its 33 member countries, the EEA gathers data and produces assessments on a wide range of topics related to the environment. The EEA supports urban adaptation through participation in the European Urban Resilience Forum, periodical publication of reports and by continuous development of local-level content on the Climate-ADAPT portal, including the Urban Adaptation Support Tool and Urban Adaptation Map Viewer.

The City of Malmö, in the southernmost province of Scania, is Sweden's third largest city. The City of Malmö will be climate neutral by 2020. By 2030, the whole municipality will run on 100% renewable energy. Ecological and ethically certified products are the first hand choice in all purchases. The global goals for sustainable development of the UN have been adopted as local goals. Malmö is the first city in Sweden to sign up to The Shift, a global UN initiative calling for housing to be seen as a human right instead of a commodity.


The CLEVER Cities project uses nature-based solutions to address urban challenges, regenerate deprived districts and promote social inclusion in cities across Europe, South America and China. Funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Innovation Action Programme, CLEVER Cities fosters knowledge exchange, inclusive collaboration and multi-disciplinary learning to deliver tangible social, environmental and economic improvements at the local level while also helping cities to contribute to international sustainability goals.

ARCH is a European-funded research project that aims to better preserve areas of cultural heritage from hazards and risks. The ARCH team, which includes the cities of Bratislava, Camerino, Hamburg and Valencia, co-creates tools that will help cities save cultural heritage from the effects of climate change and other hazards. ARCH‘s expert interdisciplinary team also includes research scientists, the city network ICLEI and the standardisation organisation DIN. The main output of the ARCH project is a coherent, overarching and unified disaster risk management (DRM) framework for historic areas that takes climate change adaptation, heritage management, and social justice into account.

Connecting Nature is a five-year project funded by the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Innovation Action Programme. With 30 project partners from industry, local authorities, local communities, NGO’s and research in 16 countries, and hubs in Brazil, China, Korea & The Caucasus (Georgia and Armenia), its aim is to drive innovation in the implementation of nature –based solutions to help cities tackle complex urban challenges such as climate and environmental change and changes in social cohesion.

NetworkNature is a project funded under Horizon2020, aimed at gathering nature-based solutions (NBS) resources, projects, best practices and tools under one roof. The pioneering service creates opportunities for local, regional and international cooperation to increase uptake of nature-based solutions, supporting the NBS community through its six impact pathways: improve the capacities of NBS innovators and practitioners; raise societal awareness of the benefits of NBS; support mainstreaming of NBS across policy sectors; enhance attractiveness of NBS for business; strengthen NBS connections between Europe and the world; and increase understanding of benefits and risks of nature-based solutions.

UNDP works in about 170 countries and territories, helping to eradicate poverty, reduce inequalities and exclusion, and build resilience so countries can sustain progress. As the UN’s development agency, UNDP plays a critical role in helping countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


Established in 1958, the European Commission promotes the general interest of the EU by proposing and enforcing legislation as well as by implementing policies and the EU budget. Functions inlcude proposing new laws, managing EU policies, allocating EU funding, enforcing EU laws, and representing the EU internationally.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is the world’s largest multilateral lender and the biggest provider of climate finance. EIB provides financial support and knowledge for innovative projects, small businesses, infrastructure, and climate projects in order to foster sustainable growth development, and employment throughout Europe.

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) was founded in 1991. A commitment to promote ‘environmentally sound and sustainable development’ was made explicit at its founding. More recently, its Green Economy Transition approach has made climate finance a key measure of the Bank’s performance. The EBRD Green Cities programme was launched in 2016, with the aim of building a better and more sustainable future for cities and their residents. With over EUR 3 billion in funding, the programme builds on the EBRD’s proven track record in helping cities identify, prioritise and connect urban environmental challenges with sustainable investments and policies.

The LIFE programme is the EU’s funding instrument for the environment and climate action created in 1992. The LIFE Programme is divided into two sub-programmes, one for environment and one for climate action. The climate action sub-programme provides action grants for best practice, pilot and demonstration projects that contribute to increased resilience to climate change, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the implementation and development of EU policy, information, awareness and dissemination projects on climate matters.

The Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy brings together thousands of local governments voluntarily committed to implementing EU climate and energy objectives on their territory. The initiative, supported by the European Commission, now counts 7500+ signatories who pledge to reduce CO2 emissions by at least 40% by 2030 and to adopt an integrated approach to tackling mitigation and adaptation to climate change. Signatories are benefiting from access to guidance and tools as well as from ways to network, exchange experiences and to build capacity through regular events and city twinning activities.

REGREEN will substantially improve the evidence and tools for supporting co-creation of nature-based solutions (NBS) in urban settings, implementation of decision support systems for planning and governance, and development of business models for realising spatially relevant NBS, that provide multiple ecosystem services and wellbeing. REGREEN works through Urban Living Labs (ULLs) as the central elements of the project, where co-creation of knowledge involves local citizens, schools, businesses, organisations and public administrations enabling new forms of urban innovation.

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) is the voice of regions and cities in the European Union (EU). It represents local and regional authorities across the European Union and advises on new laws that have an impact on regions and cities (70% of all EU legislation). The CoR works to bring EU citizens closer to the EU. By involving regional and local representatives who are in daily contact with their electorate's concerns, but also by inviting citizens to participate in various events and debates, the CoR contributes to reducing the gap between the EU institutions' work and EU citizens

Race to Resilience is a global campaign run by the COP26 Presidency and High-Level Climate Champions to rally leadership and support from cities, regions, businesses, investors and civil society, to work with frontline communities in building resilience and adapting to the impacts of climate change. The Cities Race to Resilience is one of the initiatives under the Race to Resilience campaign, focused on driving cities to join and pledge their commitment to the global fight against climate change. The Cities Race to Resilience offers cities themselves the unique opportunity to showcase action and drive ambition, according to their own contextually relevant local landscape.

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The Resilient Cities Network is a city-led organization that is driving urban resilience action to protect vulnerable communities from climate change and other physical, social and economic urban adversities and challenges. With support from The Rockefeller Foundation and other funding strategic partners, the Network aims to continue supporting cities and their Chief Resilience Officers in future-proofing their communities and critical infrastructure with a unique reach, strength and legacy to understand and support the challenges of the ever-growing urban society.

The Nordic Urban Resilience Institute (NURI) is a knowledge hub on urban resilience, which offers a comprehensive experience in the field of resilience and a worldwide network of the area’s most important experts. NURI offers different activities such as projects, international conferences, workshops and trainings, and is the facilitator of the Resilient Regions Association, a neutral platform for collaboration between academia, public-and private sector.

Birgit Georgi is a consultancy company, led by landscape architect Birgit Georgi, which works both at national and international level on adaptation to climate change together with various stakeholders ranging from local, regional and national institutions, European and international city networks, EU, WHO, UNECE,  UN and the ADB.

Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) is a unique cross-stakeholder initiative for improving local resilience through advocacy, sharing knowledge and experiences, establishing mutually reinforcing city-to-city learning networks, injecting technical expertise, connecting multiple layers of government and building partnerships. Through delivering a clear 3-stage roadmap to urban resilience, providing tools, access to knowledge and monitoring and reporting tools, MCR2030 will support cities on their journey to reduce risk and build resilience. MCR2030 aims to ensure cities become inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable by 2030, contributing directly to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 11 (SDG11) “Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable”, and other global frameworks including the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, the Paris Agreement and the New Urban Agenda.