European resolution ‘Making cities resilient’ adopted

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe has adopted the resolution Making cities resilient based on a report drafted by ICLEI Europe on behalf of the Congress. The new text supports the United Nations World Disaster Reduction Campaign. This initiative is aimed at raising awareness among citizens and local governments on the benefits of reducing urban risks, integrating the potential disaster risk into cities’ planning to protect critical infrastructure.

In the resolution the Integrated Management System (IMS), which has been the backbone of the CHAMP dissemination and training activities, has been highlighted as an organizational framework for strategy building and implementation on local level. By placing the IMS in the resolution, the CHAMP project and the management system itself gained international visibility and recognition.

The Congress welcomes ICLEI’s decision to hold annual congresses to share knowledge and experience on resilient cities, and instructs its Current Affairs Committee to continue its partnership with the organisation. The new resolution has been forwarded to the Council of Europe Committee and Holger Robrecht, Sustainability Management Director at German CHAMP partner ICLEI Europe, has present the organisation’s views in Strasbourg (France) on 26 April 2012.