Towards a resilient recovery

Hybrid session  
Online session  
Physical session  

19 October 11:15 - 12:45

Around the world, cities are fighting the Covid-19 pandemic against a backdrop of multiple shocks, stresses, and emerging vulnerabilities, while striving to put equity, economy, and climate action at the centre of their recovery approaches. In the midst of the greatest global economic downturn in nearly a century, progress on sustainable development needs to be regalvanised. Now is the moment for national and local governments to build back stronger, fairer, and greener than before.

During this session Chief Resilience Officers from the Resilient Cities Network will discuss their experience from the last two years, and how they are strengthening the resilience of their cities through transformative multi hazard and multi stakeholder actions.

Guiding questions
  1. How cities are putting vulnerability and equity at the centre of their resilient recovery?
  2. How cities are responding to multiple and overlapping risks and promoting co-benefits in recovery planning?
  3. How cities in recovery are meeting the needs of businesses and communities?

Speakers

Reimund Schwarze

Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ

Reimund Schwarze, Helmholtz-Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ

Prof. Schwarze is coordinating socio-economic research on climate change at UFZ ― the largest multi-disciplinary environmental research institute of its kind in Germany. He is the coordinating lead author of the Chapter “Economics, Finance, and the Role of the Private Sector” in the 2nd Assessment Report Climate Change in Cities (ARC3.2) of the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN). Pertinent to this panel, he is seconded representative of the German Committee for Disaster Reduction (DKKV) at the European Science and Technology Advisory Group (E-STAG) of UNDRR.

Alice Reeves

Deputy Chief Resilience Office, Greater London Authority

Alice Reeves, Deputy Chief Resilience Office, Greater London Authority

Alice is a resilience leader and strategist. She delivered London's first city-wide resilience strategy and set up the first cross-organisational data-sharing capability to develop intelligence and risk-management across the capital in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

Eleni Myrivili

Senior Advisor, Resilience and Sustainability, City of Athens

Eleni Myrivili, Senior Advisor, Resilience and Sustainability, City of Athens

Eleni Myrivili is currently Advisor to the Mayor of Athens and the city's liaison to Urban Resilience and Sustainability international city networks and institutions. She is also an Advisor and Senior Fellow for Resilience at the Atlantic Council Arsht-Rockefeller Resilience Center. Prior to this she served as Deputy Mayor of Athens for Urban Nature and Climate Change Resilience were she introduced and championed policies on Climate Change, Resilience and Sustainability, and effectively moved the city's agenda towards Nature-Based Solutions and the promotion of Blue and Green Infrastructure.

Anat Eizik Caspi

Head of Cities Partnerships & Deputy CRO - The Resilience & Social Equality Authority, Tel-Aviv Yafo Municipality

Anat Eizik Caspi, Head of Cities Partnerships & Deputy CRO - The Resilience & Social Equality Authority, Tel-Aviv Yafo Municipality

Head of Cities Partnerships specializing in building partnerships between local  authorities. Leads strategic collaborations with governmental offices, NGOs and civil society, on local, national and global level. Municipal Social Engagement Coordinator, The municipal education administration, Tel-Aviv- Yafo Municipality.

Oleksandr Sushchenko

Team Leader, Energy and Environmental Portfolio, UNDP Ukraine

Oleksandr Sushchenko, Team Leader, Energy and Environmental Portfolio, UNDP Ukraine

For over 10 years, Oleksandr has been providing top notch expertise and strategic planning advice on Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues to the private-sector and governmental organizations, including the European Commission, the Office of the President of Ukraine and the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative Germany. In 2016, Oleksandr founded the Center for Blended Value Studies (CBVS) at Kyiv National Economic University. Oleksandr worked as an Associate Professor of Finance at Kyiv National Economic University, as well as a Research Associate at the Helmholtz-Center for Environmental Research (Leipzig, Germany).

Moderator

Lina Liakou

Managing Director for Europe and the Middle East, Global Resilient Cities Network pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation

Lina Liakou, Managing Director for Europe and the Middle East, Global Resilient Cities Network pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation

Lina Liakou leads the resilience practice in Europe and the Middle East for the Global Resilient Cities Network pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation (formerly 100RC), working with the 21 member cities across the region in developing their resilience thinking through long term City Resilience Strategies and actionable initiatives. Before joining the Network, Lina was Deputy Mayor and Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Thessaloniki, Greece. Prior to this, Lina was Chief Executive of the Metropolitan Development Agency of Thessaloniki, an intermunicipal company that coordinates national and international research projects.