2024 UCP Conference

🌍What is Urban and Urban Resilience?

In the global agenda, the term "urban" holds significant importance, typically denoting regions characterized by dense populations, developed infrastructure, vibrant economic activities, and bustling social interactions. However, it's crucial to acknowledge the absence of a universal definition for urban areas, as interpretations vary based on contextual factors and national standards. Urban areas are generally distinguished from rural counterparts by several key indicators, including population size, land usage patterns, and levels of economic development. The United Nations offers one framework for defining urban areas, often relying on administrative or political boundaries, alongside metrics such as population density. Urban areas serve as epicenters of innovation, economic dynamism, cultural exchange, and social diversity, driving global progress and prosperity. However, they also confront a myriad of challenges, including poverty, inequality, insufficient infrastructure, environmental pollution, and heightened vulnerability to natural disasters. Understanding the multifaceted nature of urban areas is essential for crafting effective policies and initiatives within the global agenda. By addressing both the opportunities and challenges presented by urbanization, stakeholders can work towards fostering inclusive, resilient, and sustainable urban environments for the benefit of all inhabitants.   

Late in 2022, the world's population surpassed 8 billion, with a significant portion of the growth occurring in urban regions. Currently, over 80 percent of the global Gross Domestic Product (GDP) emanates from these urban centers. Projections suggest that by 2030, urban areas will house 60 percent of the global population. These cities, towns, and settlements serve as the backdrop for numerous developmental hurdles and prospects alike. The Political Declaration stemming from the midterm review of the Sendai Framework, ratified by nations during the UN General Assembly in May 2023, issued clear directives to expedite advancements in the Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. It emphasized the imperative of fostering cities that are inclusive, safe, resilient, and sustainable. UNDRR has expanded its array of user-friendly tools to aid local governments in elevating their ambition and actions, ranging from comprehending climate and disaster risks to executing solutions. Additionally, UNDRR spearheads the Making Cities Resilient 2030 (MCR2030) initiative, a global partnership rallying national and local governments alongside a host of international stakeholders dedicated to enhancing urban resilience. Please find detailed information on below link and download guiding documents. 

 - UN SDG Goals 11: Sustainable cities and communities

 - UNDRR : Urban resilience, Making Cities Resilient  

 - UN-HABITAT: Resilience and Risk Reduction


🌍What is the Urban Resilience in RCRC Movement. 

In 2022, the Council of Delegates of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement adopted Resolution 11, “Strengthening the Resilience of Urban Communities: Our Way Forward.” This resolution draws on IFRC Strategy 2030 specifically on its commitment to increase the capacities of at least 50 National Societies “to have context-specific urban strategies in place to enable them to prepare for and respond effectively to shock and stresses caused by disasters and crises. This includes supporting 50 cities in adapting to longer-term impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, and protecting 250 million people from heat by 2025.” One of the objectives of this resolution is to use the Movement’s strengths and experience to lead thinking and innovation on humanitarian action in urban contexts.

Through this Resolution, Movement members commit to:

  - Strengthen partnerships with relevant urban stakeholders (local authorities, other NGOs, academia and the private sector)

  - Scale up services and successful approaches to build resilience (focusing especially on the sustainability of the efforts, with the involvement of communities in finding solutions)

  - Use the Movement’s strengths and experience to lead thinking and innovation on humanitarian action in urban contexts.

 For the more information, please visit to: 

  - IFRC: IFRC Urban resilience

  - IFRC Urban Toolkits: Urban Toolkits 

🌍 What is RCRC Urban Collaboration Platform? 

 * Please download the below final reports for the each UCP workshop/Conference.    

The Urban Collaboration Platform (UCP) is an informal network that aims to help Red Cross/Crescent (RCRC) National Societies to be better informed, better connected and better engaged in understanding and working in urban context. The platform has been led by the IFRC Secretariat and American Red Cross (ARC) since early 2016, with strong support from several National Societies (NSs), the RCRC Climate Center and Global Disaster Preparedness Center (GDPC).  This year’s UCP Conference aims to bring together National Societies to exchange learning and share good practices on urban resilience programming in local climate actions, heatwave preparedness, urban emergency preparedness and response, health and WASH, shelter and settlements, fragile, conflict and violence (FCV)  in urban areas, and urban collaboration.  This year, the Asia Pacific Disaster Resilience Center (APDRC) and the Korean Red Cross are hosting the conference in the City of Seoul - a vibrant, dynamic city that embodies an infusion of economic growth, sustainable development, nature conservation, and cultural heritage preservation. 

🌍2024 UCP Conference 


The overall objective of the UCP has always been to exchange experience, learn from each other and explore new opportunities and ways of working to be better informed, better connected and better engaged.

As the membership grows and becomes more competent in urban programming, the ambition of the UCP is to become the main platform to consult and advise on the way forward for the urban resilience agenda of the IFRC network and in doing so adopt resilience thinking in all phases and across all domains of our humanitarian work in urban contexts. For the conference this year, the Urban Collaboration Platform aims to contribute in reaching the targets set under the IFRC Strategic Plan 2021-2025:

 - 250 million people are better protected from heat (the most ignored and rapidly rising climate risk) by 2025, in at least 150 cities and towns.

 - 50 coastal cities are supported to adapt to longer-term impacts of climate change, including sea level rise, by 2025.

 - 50 National Societies have shelter and urban strategies in place by 2025, which include city-level coordination, partnerships with development actors and actionable municipal contingency and response plans.


To achieve the objectives, the conference will focus on providing National Societies with knowledge and skills to sustainably support vulnerable communities in carrying out innovative and localized urban resilience initiatives and activities through collaboration and partnership with city/municipal governments and stakeholders. Specific areas of discussion and sharing can include the following: 

 - Practical, easy-to-do local climate actions to address heatwaves, intense and frequent flooding, coastal city resilience

 - Collaboration and partnership with city governments and stakeholders 

 - Engagement of National Societies in current initiatives with global partners such as MCR2030, ICLEI, and WWF

 - Access to climate finance through IFRC’s Global Climate Resilience Fund, the Green Climate Fund available to city governments, other climate resilience funds 

 - National Society readiness on different thematic areas to include urban volunteering, earthquake preparedness, epidemic preparedness, and working in FCV contexts

- Period: 2nd ~ 5th July (4 days)

- Number of Participants: about 70 (International: 50, Korean: 20)

For the detailed information, please download below concept note and register via https://forms.gle/mzQ87nyeDz963pKe8        

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