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Greater Manchester has been recognised as a ‘Resilience Hub’, along with Barcelona, Milan and Helsingborg in Sweden, for its policy and advocacy on climate and disaster risks.
The cities were selected to serve three-year terms as part of the Making Cities Resilient 2030 initiative to inspire places around the world to become more resilient to disasters, and enhance collaboration between cities around the world. The Resilience Hubs have been chosen as examples that have successfully developed local solutions to face potential disasters and support shared learning.
Mami Mizutori, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Disaster Risk Reduction and Head of UNDRR, explained:
“As disaster and climate risk grows, prevention on a global and local level will be critical. These Resilience Hubs exemplify the potential of cities to lead the way in disaster risk reduction and help build a more resilient world.”
Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said:
“Greater Manchester is a place that always works in partnership and always wants to forge strong bonds with our fellow cities across the world. We know that the world is changing – including the impact of climate change, we know that we can’t just stand still, and we have to work hard to boost our resilience.
“We have established a cross-sector partnership here in our city-region – the Greater Manchester Resilience Forum. We have appointed a Chief Resilience Officer and we’ve also brought forward our own Greater Manchester Resilience Strategy. We are doing lots of good things, and want to share our experiences, but we are sure that we can also learn from other cities around the world as we face these big challenges together.”