Climate change is no longer an abstraction. Globally, cities face unprecedented, and mounting, environmental, economic, and social challenges. For Small Island Developing States (SIDS) this existential threat is already at the doorstep. Communities are at risk of being displaced by rising sea levels, and the impacts of increasingly frequent and severe hydro-metrological disasters, coupled with periodic seismic events, result in stressed economies and social networks – effects that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
UN-Habitat, together with the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP, is pleased to convene a roundtable on building Urban Resilience in Small Island Developing States within the framework of the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly on the implementation of the New Urban Agenda. The roundtable will bring together governments, innovators, and practitioners to mobilize towards transformative, implementable, scalable, and timely solutions to strengthen the resilience of cities, leaving no one, and no place, LC_CN_v2A.pdf .