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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

Cape Town’s selection as one of the final cohort of cities to join the 100 Resilient Cities network will bolster our efforts to prepare our organisation and communities for the opportunities and challenges associated with urbanisation, globalisation and climate change. Read more below:

Today we are pleased to announce that the City of Cape Town has been selected to join the100 Resilient Cities (100RC) Programme. This programme, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, seeks to find 100 cities across the globe that are ready to build resilience to social, economic and physical challenges faced by urban environments.

Cape Town was chosen from more than 325 applicants on the basis of our willingness, ability, and need to become resilient in the face of future challenges.

As a member of 100RC, the City of Cape Town will gain access to tools, funding, technical expertise, and other resources to build resilience to the challenges of the 21st century.These challenges include shocks such as extreme weather events as a result of climate change, fires, floods, earthquakes, civil unrest as well as stresses that weaken the fabric of the city, such as unemployment, inefficient public transport, endemic crime and violence, drug and alcohol abuse, and energy shortages and outages.

Cape Town’s selection to join the 100 Resilient Network is not only a significant honour, but will give the City of Cape Town the tools to support a better Cape Town today, tomorrow and for future generations to come.

100RC President, Michael Berkowitz, said ‘We are so proud to welcome Cape Town to 100 Resilient Cities. We selected Cape Town because of its leaders’ commitment to resilience-building and the innovative and proactive way they’ve been thinking about the challenges the city faces. We’re excited to get to work.’

100RC’s new member cities join an elite international group proactively preparing to face any challenge that lies ahead.

The percentage of the global population living in urban areas is likely to grow from 50% today to an estimated 70%in 2050. Because of this, cities around the world face huge deficits in preparedness for rapid growth and natural and man-made disasters.

The City views urban resilience as a core factor in achieving our strategic objectives of building a safe, caring, opportunity inclusive and well-run city.

We are committed to building resilience to urban challenges, especially addressing unemployment as it is one of the key factors that leaves households vulnerable to social, environmental and economic shocks.

In the months ahead, as part of the 100RC Network, Cape Town will be eligible to receive grant funding to hire a Chief Resilience Officer who will lead the city-wide resilience-building process and engage stakeholders from different government agencies, public and private sectors, and various communities to incorporate diverse perspectives and knowledge.

Not only will we be provided with capacity and funding, but also technical support in developing a resilience strategy which reflects the city’s distinct needs. We will also have opportunities to share knowledge with our peers in cities across the world.

As a new member of 100 Resilient Cities, we can work with the best in the private, government and non-profit sectors in developing and sharing tools to plan to and respond to the resilience challenges ahead.

Partners offer tools and services valued at over $180 million USD at no direct cost to 100RC members, in areas such as innovative finance, technology, infrastructure, land use, and community and social resilience.

Momentum from 100RC’s two earlier challenges made this year’s application process highly competitive, spanning over 90 countries across six continents.

The application process showed each city’s unique vision for resilience, a long-term commitment to building resilience in a way that connects silos of government and sectors of society, and specific attention to the needs of poor and vulnerable residents.

About 100 Resilient Cities
100 Resilient Cities, pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation, helps cities around the world become more resilient to social, economic, and physical challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century. 100RC provides this assistance through: funding for a Chief Resilience Officer in each of our cities who will lead the resilience efforts; resources for drafting a Resilience Strategy; access to private sector, public sector, academic, and NGO resilience tools; and membership in a global network of peer cities to share best practices and challenges. For more information, visit: www.100ResilientCities.org.

Member cities were selected upon the recommendation of distinguished judges from around the world, including: A. Eugene Kohn, Chairman of Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, Acha Leke, Director at McKinsey & Co Africa, Co-Founder of African Leadership Network, Ann Fudge, Vice-Chair and Senior Independent Director of Unilever, Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Director-General of Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA) , Dan Doctoroff, CEO of Sidewalk Labs, Dr. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, Kai-Uwe Bergmann, Partner at the Bjarke Ingels Group, Michael Kocher, General Manager at Aga Khan Foundation, Nachiket Mor, Former Director and Current Board Member, Reserve Bank of India and Senior Advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Nena Stoiljkovic, Vice President, Global Partnerships at the IFC.

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