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[Webinar] National policies for urban resilience (Cities on the Frontline) – Novembre 9th

It is important to recognize the broader connections between economic stability, environmental sustainability, and resilience. Climate change and its associated impacts, such as extreme weather events, rising sea levels, and resource scarcity, among many others, can have substantial economic consequences, including increased costs, disruptions to supply chains, and decreased productivity at the national and local level. Multi-level collaboration and exchange are vital to help protect communities worldwide from these intensifying challenges.

Cities are many times at the forefront of these challenges, which has also enabled them to develop innovative, holistic, and multi-benefit solutions to face these shocks and stresses. National governments can learn a lot from cities and scale these solutions while building their national policies, and at the same time, cities can also leverage resources, partnerships, and expertise at the national level to accelerate their urban resilience initiatives.

Initiatives like the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) in the USA help prove how beneficial and powerful multi-level collaboration can be in empowering cities to fight the climate crisis and to mitigate its effects on the most vulnerable communities.

France has started to set the path to build national resilience initiatives including formalizing a National Resilience Day in alignment with the International Day of Disaster Risk Reduction.  They have also recently renewed the French EcoNeighbourhood framework for inclusive and sustainable cities. This framework offers cities and their inhabitants the possibility of a way of life responding to the major challenges of climate, biodiversity and living together, relying on local resources.

The twelth session of the Cities on the Frontline Speaker Series 2023, with the support of the Embassy of the United States of America, France, and in collaboration with partners France Villes et territoires Durables (Sustainable City by France) and the World Bank, will focus on “National Policies for Urban Resilience: Moving Beyond Disaster Risk Reduction”.

We’re bringing together Kimberly A. Johnston, Founder and CEO, NextGen Energy Partners; Special Advisor, Climate and Clean Energy Infrastructure Investment Strategies, to talk about the IRA in the context of urban resilience  in the USA and Bruno Bessis, Sustainable City and International Advisor to the Deputy Director of Sustainable Development, Ministry of Ecological Transition in France to talk about measures France has been taking in advancing resilience through social and ecological transformation.

About Solène

Mission Officer, Working Group, and Projects. Student at the Urban School of Sciences Po Paris, focusing on the ecological transition of cities.

About Quentin

Motivated by climate issues and planetary boundaries, Quentin decided to study land use planning at the Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées. His experience in associative field at the Fresque du Climat, helped him to better understand the stakes of the ecological bifurcation. Between his native Haute-Savoie and his home town Rennes, where he gained expertise in mobility and sustainable agriculture, he is now based in Paris to deploy the Sustainable City by France’s territorial workshops throughout the country.

About Alice

After five years’ study at Sciences Po Lyon, with a specialization in territorial transitions, Alice joined Sustainable City by France (France Villes et territoires Durables). She actively contributes to the deployment of the association’s territorial workshops and working groups.
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Currently studying as a second-year Master’s student in International Relations at University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne, Tara holds a Bachelor’s degree from INALCO, with a double-major in Hindi language, and International relations / Environmental studies. Her work with us is in line with her former experiences at UNESCO and the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, thus deepening her professional expertise in the field of environmental diplomacy and international cooperation for sustainable development.

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She holds a Master’s degree in Development Economics from the Panthéon-Sorbonne University and is currently studying for a Master’s degree in International Relations and Action Abroad at the same university. She approaches the problems of sustainable cities and territories through these different perspectives and her international experiences.

About Isabelana

Isabelana is a Mexican journalist who holds a Master’s degree in Digital Communication and Data Analysis from the Sorbonne University. She previously worked in communication and press relations in the cultural sector in France and Mexico. Today, she is interested in ecological actions and solutions to preserve the environment and the biodiversity.

About Camille

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With a background in social sciences, art history and architecture, Camille has worked in communication within the VINCI group: from major international projects to La Fabrique de la Cité, a think tank dedicated to urban foresight.

About Alexandra

A geographer by training (Saint Petersburg State University), she started as a geographer and economist at the Academy of Agricultural Economics (Russia), before pursuing her career in France as an administrative and accounting assistant (Air Liquide, Association TGV Provence Côte d’Azur, COFHUAT, Groupe Hervé)

About Marion

Trained in international and European affairs between England and France as part of a double degree at Sciences-Po Lille / University of Kent, Marion started her career in advocacy and institutional relations of non-governmental organisations, in the fair trade sector (Max Havelaar France label). Her experiences are also linked to territories, with a passage in decentralised cooperation at the level of a departmental council.

About Sébastien

Before joining the SCbF team, he held several positions in local government management. From elected official and deputy mayor of his native city Besançon, in charge of university relations and international cooperation, to Director of Economic Development of the City of Pantin, to Chief of staff in Montreuil – where he notably piloted the in-depth redesign of the urban project towards more ecology and sustainable development – he continued his career as Senior Resilience Officer of the City of Paris.
He promotes a holistic and systemic vision of sustainable development and brings his expertise in territorial resilience, ecological and social transition.
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