Joint Work Programme on Resilient Cities (JWP)


Name of initiative Joint Work Programme on Resilient Cities (JWP)
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C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group

Working together to develop city energy management plans that will identify issues, opportunities and investments related to supply, demand and access to energy in selected cities.
Starting year 2015
End year
Secretariat Cities Alliance, Royale 94, 3rd Floor, Philanthropy House

1000 Brussels, Belgium

Organisational structure The JWP is chaired by ICLEI – Local Governments for

Sustainability and is composed of 16 members, five observers and two knowledge partners. The Cities Alliance Secretariat is responsible for programme management in conjunction with the chair.

Geographical coverage Global
Name of lead organisation Cities Alliance
Type of lead organisation Network/Consortium/Partnership
Location/Nationality of lead organisation Belgium


Description To support cities in their efforts to become more resilient, Cities Alliance has established a multi-year Joint Work Programme (JWP) on Resilient Cities. The JWP brings together members and partners to promote local resilience strategies through inclusive, longterm, urban planning processes. In keeping with the niche of Cities Alliance, the JWP focuses specifically on addressing the resilience challenges of informal settlements and the working urban poor.

Launched at COP21 in December 2015 in partnership with the Medellin Collaboration on Urban Resilience, the JWP is unique within the resilience field. It is a new type of partnership, with a unique constellation of institutions: slum dweller networks, informal workers, city networks looking at resilience and climate change, combined with development partners, foundations, knowledge partners and multilateral agencies. The JWP works with development partners to produce global knowledge, facilitate policy dialogues and support city-level diagnostics and policy recommendations. The JWP is unusual in that it combines support for global knowledge, financing, tools and dialogue, and connects them with on-the-ground technical assistance and implementation. While many other resilience organisations focus on one or more of these aspects, the Cities Alliance JWP brings them all together for a more holistic, integrated approach.

Objectives The goal is to support growth trajectories increasingly characterised by equity, inclusion and environmental sustainability.

Objectives: 1. Convene diverse international organisations to work in partnership for more resilient and sustainable cities and communities. 2. Strengthen local governments by developing and piloting tools to integrate resilience into city planning and development strategies. 3. Ensure urban poor groups are at the centre of citywide resilience solutions. 4. Support local governments and communities to access and deliver finance for resilience, with a focus on innovative global finance opportunities. 5. Drive the collection and application of innovative data tools for more risk-informed, resilient city development.

Activities The JWP implements its partnership approach through two focus areas, one aimed at the global level and the other at the local level, each with three sub-components:

Focus Area 1: Global partnerships to facilitate the flow of knowledge and resources to enhance city resilience, supporting the emerging Post-2015 framework, climate change and Habitat III processes. Focus Area 2: Promoting local resilience strategies through inclusive long-term urban planning processes.

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Monitoring and Impacts

Function of initiative Political dialogue, Technical dialogue, Funding
Activity of initiative Policy planning and recommendations, Knowledge dissemination and exchange, Knowledge production and innovation, Fundraising, Norms and standard setting
Goals The long-term objective of the JWP is that cities are enabled to cope with current and future shocks and stresses and increasingly characterised by environmentally sustainable and resilient urban development, especially for the urban poor. The medium term objectives include the following outcomes: Global mechanisms enhanced, Finance leveraged, Local Governments and Communities capacities enhanced, Resilience Plans adopted and the following outputs: Knowledge Products and Policy Dialogues, Diagnostic Tools, Community-level data, Local Strategies and Plans.

In 2016, the JWP initiated three projects: 1) Citywide Climate Action Planning with a focus on energy management, utilizing the Climate action for URBan sustainability’ (CURB) tool, led by C40 and co-implemented with the World Bank and AECOM 2) Urban Community Resilience Assessments which assesses social cohesion, familiarity with local risks, early warning systems and disaster readiness at the neighborhood level, led by WRI and co-implemented with 100RC and SDI 3) Access to international resilience finance for projects in the Transformative Actions Programme, led by ICLEI working with World Bank

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Participants Number Names
Members 22  
Companies 0
Business organisations 0
Research and educational organisations 0
Non-governmental organisations 7 International Institute for Environment and Development - IIED (United Kingdom),  100 Resilient Cities (USA),  Slum Dwellers International (South Africa),  The Ecological Sequestration Trust (United Kingdom),  Women in Informal Employment: Globalizing and Organizing - WIEGO (United Kingdom),  World Resources Institute - WRI (USA),  Rockefeller Foundation (USA).
National states 0
Governmental actors 3 Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (Switzerland),  French Alliance for Cities and Territorial Development (France),  GIZ (Germany).
Regional / state / county actors 0
City / municipal actors 0
Intergovernmental organisations 12 OECD (France),  World Bank (USA),  United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - UNISDR (USA),  Inter-American Development Bank - IDB (USA),  United Nations Environment Programme - UNEP (Kenya),  UN-Habitat (USA),  Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (USA),  the International Institute for Environment and Development - IIED (United Kingdom),  Inter-American Development Bank - IDB (USA),  United Nations Environment Programme - UNEP (Kenya),  UN-Habitat (Kenya),  United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction - UNISDR (Switzerland)
Financial Institutions 0
Faith based organisations 0
Other members 0
Supporting partners 0 The JWP receives state-of-the-art research support from the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and the Urban Climate Change Research Network (UCCRN)
Number of members in the years
Have only national states as participators No


Transport Agriculture Forestry Business Financial institutions Buildings Industry Waste Cities and subnational governments Short Term Pollutants International maritime transport Energy Supply Fluorinated gases Energy efficiency Renewable energy Supply chain emission reductions Adaptation Other Resilience Innovation Energy Access and Efficiency Private Finance
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Last update: 13 April 2022 08:09:37

Not only have national states as participators