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Global Workshop on Climate Change and Urban Resilience: Cities’ Response to Disasters and Extreme Weather Events

January 16-17, 2024
Hybrid Workshop (online and onsite)
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The workshop is organized by Beijing Normal University and the World Bank.

In recent decades, extreme weather and climate events have become more severe, frequent, and costly. According to the World Meteorological Organization (WMO, 2021), between 1970 and 2019, there were more than 11,000 disasters attributed to weather, climate, and hydro- meteorological hazards, which accounted for over 2 million deaths and US$ 3.64 trillion in losses.

Urban areas are particularly prone to the impacts of climate change and associated hazards. Home to more than half of the world’s population, they hold several physical, socio-economical, and institutional challenges that increase the vulnerabilities of their residents. On the other hand, urban areas are also the engines of national economies, generating more than 80% of the global GDP today, and creating many opportunities for sustainable development. Both opportunities and challenges in urban areas necessitate making them more resilient to disasters and to the impacts of climate change.

Given the dynamic and complex nature of cities, urban disaster risk reduction and resilience building require a systemic and yet flexible approach. Actions that can be undertaken include institutional development and capacity building, financial planning, multi-risk assessments, risk-informed urban planning and development, resilient infrastructure, ecosystem services, improved emergency management systems, including early warning systems, increased awareness of residents, and planning for recovery and reconstruction.

The Global Workshop on Climate Change and Urban Resilience will examine and discuss such measures that were initiated following extreme climate and disaster events in large cities of eight countries: China, Japan, the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Germany, Greece, Brazil, Turkey, and the Philippines. International experts from these nations will present the extreme events that impacted their cities and the ensuing disaster risk reduction and resilience-building measures, discussing challenges and opportunities in implementing them.

The workshop will aim at raising awareness of stakeholders and promoting the development of resilient cities as a strategic pathway and science-based policy tool for disaster risk prevention and mitigation. The knowledge exchanges facilitated through this workshop will contribute to the Report that is being developed on the Experience and Lessons Learned in Cities’ Response to Extreme Events.

The workshop will also:

  • provide a platform to share experiences in responding to extreme events and compound extreme events, as well as cascading and systemic risks.
  • foster international knowledge exchanges on how to enhance urban resilience to prevent and reduce risks of extreme events.
  • address how collaboration among sectors can prevent and mitigate disaster risks and build resilient cities.
  • raise the awareness of the city stakeholders on the urgency and benefits of disaster risk prevention and management and enable them to make progress and drive innovation in the field of urban resilience.
  • promote cross-boundary and multi-sector cooperation and launch the collaboration platform to jointly address the risks of future extreme events through information and data sharing.

This workshop is jointly organized by the Beijing Normal University and the World Bank with hybrid format (off-line and on-line) during January 16-17, 2024. The event convenes urban resilience stakeholders from the government, academia, international organizations, civil society groups, private sectors, and the media.


  • Date and Time: 9:00-17:30, January 16, 2024; 9:00 - 17:00, January 17, 2024 (Beijing time)
  • Venue: Yingdong Academic Hall, Beijing Normal University
  • Zoom Meeting ID: 925 7344 0607
  • Zoom Meeting Passcode: pX0caHA+&2
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