UN/ISDR and Partners Organize Shanghai Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction

30 July 2010: The UN International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (UN/ISDR), the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), DevNet, and ICLEI (Local Governments for Sustainability), with support from the International Recovery Platform and GROOTS, organized the Shanghai Forum on Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) from 28-30 July 2010, on the sidelines of the 2010 Shanghai Expo, "Better City, Better Life," in China.

On the Forum's final day, a ceremony was held to welcome the signature of five cities to the "Making Cities Resilient" campaign, namely: Makati City, Philippines; Makassar, Indonesia; Bhubaneswar, State of Orissa, India; City of Chengdu, China; and Dalifort-Foiral, Senegal. The mayors of these five cities committed to the ten essentials of the campaign, which aims to enlist over 1,000 local government leaders worldwide to invest more in DRR,  including by: improving urban planning, infrastructure and building safety; reinforcing drainage systems to reduce flood, storm and health threats; installing early warning systems; conducting public preparedness drills; and taking measures to adapt to the increasing impacts of climate change. [Making Cities Resilient Campaign Website] [UN/ISDR Press Release]