Partnership to Expedite Resilience Projects Throughout Europen Cities
The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) and “100 Resilient Cities - Pioneered by The Rockefeller Foundation” (100RC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support eligible cities in the 100RC Network with project preparation and implementation, as they endeavour to build resilience to the physical, social, and economic challenges of the 21st Century.
The agreement will help cities across Europe prepare for and respond to shocks such as natural disasters, as well as chronic stresses such as endemic violence, homelessness, and unemployment. Through this cooperation, the CEB and 100RC will build on 100RC’s work with member cities to devise citywide Resilience Strategies, supporting member cities to further develop their capacity to design and implement projects, as well as to leverage resources in order to build resilience. The agreement also marks the first important partnership between the CEB and a major philanthropic initiative.
“CEB’s focus on advancing social cohesion and integration across Europe is fundamentally aligned with urban resilience building. In an increasingly complex and challenging world, cities need partnerships with organisations like the CEB to build the mechanisms and momentum to finance and implement the initiatives and projects needed to withstand the shocks and stresses of the 21st century,” said Michael Berkowitz, President of 100RC. “With this partnership, we see ample opportunity to continue supporting our network of cities throughout Europe, and to continue building a global evidence base of resilience initiatives and projects.”