World Urban Forum 10 Networking Event: Understanding Urban resilience: Knowledge Gaps, Capacity Building; and Delivering Sustainable & Resilient Infrastructure

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The session discussed key challenges for urban resilience, and the role of culture and innovation for a resilient transition, focusing specifically on knowledge gaps, capacity building and skills development needs and operationalisation barriers and opportunities.

The presentations and debate drew on the outcomes of BLOXHUB Summer School on Urban Resilience (September 2019, Copenhagen) for practitioners, policy makers and researchers, organised by the University of Southern Denmark, in collaboration with BLOXHUB and Aalborg University in partnership with: UN-Habitat, UNESCO-IHP, UNDRR, CTC-N, ICLEI, WWF, ICCCAD, GERICS, Technical University of Catalunya, University IUAV of Venice, Delft University of Technology, Nordic Urban Resilience Institute, Polytechnic University of Turin and RECNET; organised in the frame of the International Urban Resilience Academy

This side event also presented preliminary highlights from the research ‘Understanding Urban Resilience’ conducted by researchers from University of Southern Denmark, IUAV University of Venice, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Imperial College London.

• Which are the current key knowledge gaps for urban resilience?
• Which are the needs for urban resilience capacity building?
• Which are the barriers and opportunities for urban resilience operationalization?


Alexandros Makarigakis, Programme Specialist, Water for Human Settlements, International Hydrological Progamme,SC/HYD/GSS, Natural Sciences Sector United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNESCO

Sanjaya Bhatia, Head of Office Incheon, Office for Northeast Asia (ONEA) and Global Education and Training Institute (GETI), UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNDRR)

Esteban León, Head of the City Resilience Profiling Programme, UN-Habitat

Roberto Rocco, Associate Professor of spatial planning and strategy, Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment, Delft University of Technology

Marcus Mayr, Urban Climate Change Specialist, United Nations Human Settlements Programme UN-Habitat

Moderator: Nicola Tollin Professor WSR on Urban Resilience, UNESCO Chair on urban Resilience at University of Southern Denmark

Panel 2: Presenter:

Indra-Jeet Mistry, Programme Manager and Expert, WWF Cities Panellists: Dražen Kučan, Lead Urban Development and Energy Efficiency Specialist, Green Climate Fund

Martin Dirr, Head of the Cities Finance Facility, The German Society for International Cooperation (GIZ)

Indra-Jeet Mistry, Programme Manager and Expert, WWF Cities

Moderator: Pasquale Capizzi, Climate Resilience and Disaster Lead, Arup International Development

• What are the dividends and challenges for delivering sustainable and resilient infrastructure?
• How can we deliver sustainable and resilient infrastructure, while also meeting developing needs?
• What are the key channels to finance sustainable and resilient infrastructure?
Period12 Feb 2020
Event titleWorld Urban Forum 10
Event typeConference
LocationAbu Dhabi, United Arab EmiratesShow on map
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • resilience
  • University of Southern Denmark
  • Global South
  • Urban development
  • governance
  • spatial justice
  • design thinking