"Cities are the lifelines of today’s society. They serve as nations’ economic engines, centers of technology and innovation, and they are living evidence of our cultural heritage. But cities also can become generators of new risks: failed infrastructure and services, environmental urban degradation, increasing informal settlements and almost a billion slum dwellers around the world. This makes many urban citizens more vulnerable to natural hazards.”
The Making Cities Resilient Campaign is a global campaign launched in May 2010 and will last at least until 2020 with the objective to achieve resilient, sustainable urban community by urging local governments to take immediate action, and to build multi-stakeholder partnerships to accomplish this. The objectives of the Making Cities Resilient campaign are threefold, and can be achieved through building long-lasting partnerships to:
- Know more, by raising awareness of citizens and governments at all levels of the benefits of reducing urban risks.
- Invest wisely, by identifying budget allocations within local government funding plans to invest in disaster risk reduction activities.
- Build more safely, by including disaster risk reduction in participatory urban development planning processes and protect critical infrastructure." The "Strengthening Disaster Risk Management Capacities in Lebanon" project has been supporting the local authorities/municipalities to increase their resilience. This has been clearly demonstrated in the promotion and capacities development tools made available through the "Making Cities Campaign" where over 300 municipalities have so far adopted the campaign.