Building "resilient cities" from the bottom up

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Margareta Wahlström. UN-Habitat@PHOTO

What a person does as an individual has an impact on urban resilience, according to the UN Special Envoy for Disaster Risk Reduction.

Urban resilience is the capacity of an urban area or city to prepare, respond to or recover from a natural or man-made disaster.

It's not only solutions at the global level that matter it actually starts at the local level, Margareta Wahlström said during a debate on "raising the standards of urban resilience".

The event was part of the 7th session of the World Urban Forum organized by UN-Habitat hosted in Medillin, Colombia.

Ms. Wahlström spoke to Emma Reverter about building "resilient cities" and how social mobilization is a powerful tool to achieve this goal.

Duration: 3'34''

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