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Resilient Cities Congress 2015, June 8-10

Resilient Cities Congress 2015: 6th Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation  June 8-10, Gustav-Stresemann-Institut e.V. (GSI), 68 Langer Grabenweg ▪ Bonn D-53175 ▪ Germany  ICLEI (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives)

Ever since The Annual Global Forum on Urban Resilience and Adaptation was launched in 2010, it has been in the global spotlight. This major annual conference on urban resilience and climate change draws policy makers and government officials worldwide. This year, for the first time, the forum is including Resilient Cities Asia-Pacific, focusing on Asia-Pacific challenges and offering much needed opportunities for local governments. The forum is in Bonn, Germany. Headlining the issues are adaptation challenges facing urban environments around the globe. The conference is fertile ground for forging partnerships that could have lasting impacts for cities. Resilient Cities 2015 will attract around 300 participants from all around the world, including Mayors, high ranking city officials, representatives from development and UN agencies, and researchers as well as potential financiers,. Key speakers include Gino Van Begin, Secretary General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability; Jürgen Nimptsch, Mayor, City of Bonn, Germany, Vice-Chair, World Mayors Council on Climate Change,  Cynthia Rosenzweig, Senior Research Scientist at the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, Head of the Climate Impacts Group.

Mayor James Nxumalo, Mayor of eThekwini Municipality/Durban, South Africa, ICLEI Vice President and Resilient Cities portfolio holder, will be honored as Patron of Resilient Cities 2015. Mayor Nxumalo’s Co-Patrons are Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction, and  Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). A Special Urban Food Forum will be held on Wednesday June 10th. It has been organized by RUAF and ICLEI, in collaboration with the EC funded SUPURBFOOD program.

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