San Francisco Joins International Disaster Resilience Campaign in Advance of Rio+20 United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Brazil
6/20/12—Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that San Francisco has become the first major U.S. city to join the United Nations’ Making Cities Resilient Campaign
, an initiative to empower cities around the world to reduce the loss of life and property to disasters and protect the social, economic and environmental assets of communities.
“San Francisco has worked tirelessly to increase our overall resilience by investing in our physical infrastructure, such as our water system, and increasing the capacity of our residents and communities to respond to and rapidly recover from disasters,” said Mayor Lee.
“We welcome Mayor Edwin Lee on behalf of the people of San Francisco as the 1000th city to join the UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign,” said U.N. Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Disaster Reduction Margareta Wahlström. “San Francisco’s participation further signifies that cities of all sizes and economic strength are prepared to take the lead on disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation. We are also particularly pleased to designate San Francisco as a role model city for ‘Advancing Resilience Through the Whole Community Approach’ given the City’s efforts to engage its citizens at neighborhood level in building resilience.”
The Making Cities Resilient Campaign is administered by UNISDR, the United Nations office dedicated to disaster risk reduction, and supports the implementation of the Hyogo Framework for Action 2005-2015: Building the Resilience of Nations and Communities to Disasters. The goal of the Making Cities Resilient Campaign is to empower cities around the world with the tools and best practices that will substantially reduce the loss of lives and property as a result of disasters, as well as protect the social, economic and environmental assets of communities. For more on the UNISDR’s Making Cities Resilient Campaign, go to: www.unisdr.org
ResilientSF is a framework, and road map, that coordinates plans, programs, resources and relationships that advance San Francisco’s overall resilience. For more on San Francisco’s work on resilience, go to: http://sfgov.org/orr/.