Cities for a Resilient Recovery (C2R) Formed to Support Mayors with COVID-19 and Climate Change Initiatives

Chief Resilience Officers from the The Global Resilient Cities Network (GRCN) have launched a global coalition named ‘Cities for a Resilient Recovery (C2R).’ The group is a participatory and collaborative platform for resilient recovery planning from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While cities are working to respond to this pandemic, we are seeing an overwhelming demand from cities to work together on a resilient recovery – and to fix the broken systems that exacerbated the impacts of the virus on our vulnerable communities. The members of the Global Resilient Cities Network trust one another’s knowledge and experience and we are committed to making this available to address the complex challenges of COVID-19, the resilience challenge of our generation.” said Lauren Sorkin, acting executive director of GRCN.

The C2R initiative is available to all interested cities – including the 98 member cities of the GRCN – that are interested in engaging in short- and long-term planning for a sustained resilient recovery.

“The principle of a resilient recovery is simple: as we rebuild from the current crisis, we must also prepare for future shocks. Both COVID-19 and climate change are massive challenges that require transformative solutions on a global scale,” commented Jainey Bavishi, director of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Resiliency. “This network will provide an invaluable forum for cities around the world to grow stronger together through sustained partnership and collaboration.”

 C2R plans to align with partners such as the World Bank, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the University of Manchester to support cities to achieve the aims of their initiatives, and to prioritize actions and investments with the highest resilience value. It is inviting city leaders from around the world to join the coalition and work together in this challenge.

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