Cities on the Frontline: Advancing Community Resilience

Thursday, 10 June, 2021 - 08:00
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Thursday, 3 June, 2021

Cities on the Frontline: Advancing Community Resilience

Details: Thursday, 10 June 2021 - 08.00 AM EST / 12:00pm GMT / 08.00 PM SINGAPORE/KUALA LUMPUR TIME

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This tenth session of 2021 Cities on the Frontline Speaker Series, jointly organized by Resilient Cities Network and the World Bank, with special guest co-host, The University of Manchester will focus on Advancing Community Resilience.

Community resilience is an untapped opportunity for economic growth and long-term investment security. The private sector, driven in part of corporate social responsibility goals, as well as the vision laid out in the UN SDGs has, in recent years, been placing more emphasis on community investments. Cities can benefit from partnerships with the private sector; however, in order to effectively advance community resilience there must be transparency and mutually beneficial priorities outlined.

In this session, we will host Martha Herrera Gonzalez, Global Social Impact Director at CEMEX, ARISE Co-Chair and member of the Resilient Cities Network Board. She will share the importance of Corporate Social Responsibility, how best to demonstrate leadership for social impact.

We will be joined by Dr. Duncan Shaw, Professor of Operations Research and Critical Systems, The University of Manchester, who will discuss the academic framework for understanding how successful community resilience creates better places for local economies and business operations.

In addition, Stewart Sarkozy-Banoczy, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Development, Senior Advisor North America, Resilient Cities Network will join the discussion. He will outline the Community Development Finance Institutions (CDFI) model in the U.S. as a national policy and practitioner model for leveraging private sector expertise and financing long-term community resilience.

Cities on the Frontline is a virtual thought leadership speaker series. The series, which began in 2020 co-organized by the Resilient Cities Network and the World Bank Group’s City Resilience Program, provides city practitioners and the industries and residents that they support, an understanding and means for responding to the pandemic and associated stresses, as well as solutions for planning towards a more resilient recovery.

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Resilient Cities Network is the world’s leading organization working in urban resilience. Present in more than 90 cities, 40 countries, and 6 continents, R-Cities is a global city-led nonprofit organization that brings together knowledge, practice, partnerships, and funding to empower cities to build a safe, equitable, and sustainable future for all.

Access previous sessions of Cities on the Frontline here