ISO 22370 Security and resilience - Urban resilience - Framework and principles
This project proposal includes the development of a Technical Report that describes a framework and principles that are coherent with the entire 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda (see below) that can be applied to achieve an enhanced state of urban resilience. The document further proposes the use of UN Habitat’s developed metrics and models as the framework upon which to structure a portfolio of standards to assist and recognize local authorities and other urban stakeholder’s efforts to build more resilient human settlements. It is primarily intended for use by organizations with responsibility for urban governance. However, it is equally applicable to all types and sizes of organizations that represent the community of stakeholders noted above, and in particular those organizations that have a role in urban planning, development and management processes in cities around the world.
Dan Lewis (UN Habitat), the proposer of ISO/TR 22370, explain the justification of this project:
"Developing a framework and principles for urban (defined by UN Habitat as towns, cities and other human settlements) resilience is essential to developing robust standards for urban resilience. The justification for a global set of standards for achieving urban resilience is clear: cities, the engines of economic growth, are projected to provide the living and work environment for two-thirds of the global population of close to 10 billion by 2050 while urban disasters have an increasingly costly local, regional, national and global socio-economic impact. For example, dramatic disaster events alone of the past decade have claimed over a million lives, affected more than 2.5 billion people and caused over $1 trillion in economic losses."
UN Habitat’s Urban Resilience Programme was developed to answer demand arising from cities in all parts of the world for support to make their cities safer and more resilient to all manner of hazard, risk, and vulnerability. The first challenge in meeting this demand therefore was the development of a universal approach to understanding and measuring resilience, in any human settlement in any circumstance or context.