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Strengthening Urban Resilience for a Changing Climate

5-6 October 2023
Hilton Dubai Al Habtoor City, Dubai, UAE

About the event

Over the past 30 years, 90% of all disasters have been related to extreme weather events. For many urban areas, climate change is generating more powerful storms, exacerbating coastal flooding, causing more deadly heatwaves, and prompting greater water shortages and more protracted drought. Disasters do not always affect one country. They can affect different countries and can be multi-dimensional. Cities and their local government play a crucial role in combating climate change and disasters.

Amid these trends an array of complex challenges arises warranting acute attention. This new era demands multifaceted responses, necessitating the unification of international endeavors to bolster the resilience of urban centers. The challenges are vast and intricate. These disruptions ripple across all dimensions of life, from socio-economic stability to food and water security. Yet, they also bear the promise of innovation, collaboration, and the resilient spirit of human adaptation.

In response to these exigent challenges, the Global Resilience Forum, hosted by Dubai Police in partnership with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, stands as an unparalleled platform where global leaders, experts, and stakeholders coalesce to deliberate and define strategies that reinforce urban resilience. By embracing diverse themes such as early warning systems, climate finance, and the convergence of climate and migration studies, the forum fosters a crucible of knowledge dissemination and collective insight. It is through these thematic channels that the event crystallizes actionable strategies, steering toward a more resilient urban trajectory. These strategies encompass an amalgamation of innovative policies, cross-sector engagement, and local governments empowerment. The forum treads the path toward a transformative dialogue and holistic solutions abounds, encapsulating the optimism for resilient urban futures.

Facts and figures

The number of disasters per year globally may increase from around 400 in 2015 to 560 per year by 2030 if current trends continue.
The number of extreme temperature events per year will almost triple between 2001 and 2030 based on current trends.
How climate change will drive risk of:

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Event Outcomes

Setting

approved recommendations for resilience centers for COP28

Launching

the resilient stamp initiative for institutions and departments in public and privates sectors

Global collaboration

amongst the world’s top experts in preparation and planning for resilience and continuity

Enhancing

the ability of the government and private sectors to deal with flexibility and reduce risks

Raising awareness

of the importance of risk analysis and benefiting from partnerships

Enhancing the position

of the UAE and making it a country for international conferences

Organized by

Sponsored By

Who will attend?

Ministers, Secretary Generals, Mayors, Chief Executive Officers, Director Generals, Vice Presidents, and Heads from the following entities:

Agenda

  • Day 1 - 5th October
  • Day 2 - 6th October
Plenary Session: Al Joud B & C
08:00 – 09:00
Registration
09:00 – 10:30
Opening Ceremony
High- Level Panel Discussion: Path to Urban Resilience
Speakers
Moderator:
10:30 – 11:00
Networking Coffee Break
Parallel Thematic Sessions 1:

Climate Resilient Urban Systems

11:00 – 11:10

Introduction to the thematic session

Moderated by
11:10 – 11:30

Presentation

11:30 – 12:15

Panel Discussion

Panelists:
12:15 – 12:30

Q&A

12:30 – 14:00

Lunch Break

Parallel Thematic Sessions 3:

Investment in Climate Resilience

14:00 – 14:10

Introduction to the thematic session

Moderated by
14:10 – 14:30

Presentation

Speaker:
14:30 – 15:15

Panel Discussion

Panelists:
15:15 - 15:30

Q&A

Breakout Session – Al Joud A
Parallel Thematic Sessions 2:

Displacement and Climate Resilience

11:00 – 11:10

Introduction to the thematic session

Moderated by
11:10 – 11:30

Presentation

Speaker:
11:30 – 12:15

Panel Discussion

Panelists:
12:30 – 14:00

Lunch Break

Parallel Thematic Session 4:

Data-Driven Decision-Making for Resilient Cities: ESG Investment, Bonds and Financing Resilient Infrastructure

14:00 – 14:10

Introduction to the thematic session

Moderated by
14:10 – 14:55

Panel Discussion

Panelists:
14:55 – 15:10

Q&A

Carnation Meeting Room
11:00 – 12:30
Closed Meeting (invite only):

A Framework for Action on urban climate resilience: Commitments and partnerships

Chaired by:

15:30 – 16:30
Drafting Committee Meeting (invite only)

Urban Resilience Action on Climate Change

Chaired by:

Breakout Session – Al Joud A
Parallel Thematic Session 6:

Innovative Risk Reduction Urban Solutions

09:30 – 09:40

Introduction to the thematic session

Speaker:
09:40 – 10:00

Presentation

Speaker:
10:00 – 10:45

Panel Discussion

Panelists:
10:45 – 11:00

Q&A

11:00 – 11:30
Networking Coffee Break
Plenary Session: Al Joud B & C
09:00 – 09:30
Registration
Parallel Thematic Sessions 5:

Vulnerable Cities Access to Water, Food and Energy

09:30 – 09:40

Introduction to the thematic session

09:40 – 10:00

Presentation

Speaker:
10:00 – 10:45

Panel Discussion

Panelists:
10:45 – 11:00

Q&A

Closing Session
11:30 – 12:15
Thematic Sessions Leads Panel Discussion: Urban Resilience Action on Climate Change
Panelists:
Moderated by
12:15 – 12:35

Presentation of International Initiative of Law Enforcement for Climate (I2LEC)

Speaker:
12:35 – 12:55

Presentation

Speaker:
12:55 – 13:15
Urban Resilience Action on Climate Change Announcement
Speaker:
13:35 – 13:55
Closing Remarks
13:55 – 15:00
Group Picture - Lunch
11:00 – 11:30
Networking Coffee Break
Carnation Meeting Room
15:00-16:30
Closed Meeting (Invite Only)

A Framework for Action on urban climate resilience: Influencing COP priorities.

Chaired by

GUEST OF HONOR

H.E. Razan Al Mubarak

UN Climate Change High-Level Champion

UAE

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Ms. Mami Mizutori

Special Representative of Secretary-General - SRSG, UNDRR

Geneva, Switzerland

H E Major General Khaled Fouda

Governor of South Sinai

Egypt

H.E. Dr. Mehmet Duman

Secretary General of the UCLG MEWA

Istanbul, Turkey

Mr. Gino Van Begin

Secretary General- ICLE

Bonn, Germany

Dr. Nehal Hefny

Deputy Regional Director IFRC MENA

Cairo, Egypt

Dr. Patricia McCarney

President and CEO, the World Data City Council

Toronto, Canada

Speakers

Mr. Abdul Karim Zubidi

Mayor

Salfeet, Palestine

Lt. Colonel Ahmed Alzarooni

Director of International Police Representation Department

MOI. UAE

Mr. Ahmed Riadh

DRR and Resilience Principal Advisor, Estmrarya Management Consulting

Egypt

Dr. Abhilash Panda

Head of Infrastructure Resilience, Vice President

Intergovernmental Branch and Partnerships, India

Ms. Adelaida Pelaez Angel

Senior Technical Officer,LatAm- CBI

Bogota, Colombia

Mr. Ali Omer Khalaf Al-Khalaf

Ninewa Governor's Associate for Displaced Persons and Organizations

Ninewa, Iraq

Mr. Cassio Trogildo- Porto Alegre

Municipal Secretary of Local Governance and Political Coordination

Porto Alegre, Brazil

Ms. Catherine Ahimbisiboye

Ahimbisibwe, Acting commissioner relief, Disaster Preparedness and Management in the office of Prime Minister Uganda

Kampala,Uganda

Dr. Chadi Abdullah

Director of Research CNRS-L and Chair of Arab STAG

Serine, Lebanon

Mr. Darryl Carpenter

Former Senior Director, S&P Global Ratings

Tallahassee, United States of America

Ms. Dorothy Kisaka

Uganda City Executive

Kampala, Uganda

Mrs. Gabriela Soares Morais

Prevention Coordinator, Civil Defense of Salvador

CODESAL , Salvador, Brasil

Ms. Gill Sparrow

Manager Emergency Response Planning

Emirates Airlines, Dubai, UAE

Dr. Hajar Alhubaishi

CEO,Ajman Statistics Center

Ajman, UAE

Col. Mohammed Hegazy

Secretariat of Crisis and Disaster Management Directorate

Ms. Justine Hamilton

Director of Cities Relations and Special Projects,The World Council

Toronto, Canada

Mr. Khaled Abu Aisha

Director of Urban Planning and Studies

Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority, Aqaba, Jordan

Ms. Lisa Ramos

Head of the Department of Disaster Risk Reduction and Resilience,Makati City Resilience Center

Makati, Philippines

Ms. Loretta Heber

Head of Risk Knowledge, Monitoring and Capacity Development

The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction, Switzerland

Mr. Luis Gamarra

Program Specialist

UNDP, Lima, Peru

Mr. Luis Bonilla

Lead, Partnerships & Programs- Resilient Cities Network

Mexico City, Mexico

Dr. Mahmoud El-Borai

International Consultant

The United Nations Cities Program, UAE

Ms. Małgorzata Bartyna-Zielińska

Head of the Department of the International Organization for Migration

Wroclaw, Poland

Ms. Marta Pontes

Counciler,Municipality of Matosinhos

Matosinhos, Portugal

Prof. Dr. Mohamed Salheen

Director of IUSD and head of urban planning and design department

Cairo, Egypt

Mr. Nicholas Bishop

Head, Disaster Risk Reduction-IOM,Halifax

Geneva, Canada

Mr. Norlang Marcel

General Manager of Flexibility

Mexico City, Mexico

Ms. Nzambi Mate

Environmentalist

Kenya

Ms. Reem Abu Samara

UCLG Officer

Istanbul, Turkey

Mr. Sanjaya Bhatia

Head of UNDRR ONEA

Ms. Sara Walsh

Climate and Resilient Lead IFRC MENA

Beirut, Lebanon

Mr. Stefan Wagner

Head of Mayor Office for International Affairs and Global Sustainability

Bonn, Germany

Mr. Turan Hançerli

Mayor of Avcılar

Istanbul, Turkey

Colonel Yazan Al-Zeyoudi

Head of the Jordan Department (National Government)

Amman, Jordan

Ms. Zean Denice Campo

Project Development Officer II (Senior Staff)

Makati, Philippines

Masters of Ceremony

Ms. Mahra Al Yaqoubi

Media consultant and CEO of Media Stone,

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Ms. Naoufer Ramoul

Senior TV Presenter and Producer, Dubai Media Incorporated (DMI), Dubai TV

Dubai, United Arab Emirates