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ISO 22371 Security and resilience - Urban resilience - Guidelines for strategy and implentation

This project will result in an International Standard that provides guidelines and specifies a systematized approach to developing an implementable strategy for building resilience in cities. The focus of this document is on how to structure a process for developing targeted, resilience-building actions and implementing those actions in a feasible and strategic manner. It is intended to be used by local governments and other relevant stakeholders as guidance for developing and implementing targeted actions for improving resilience in urban areas. These guidelines are applicable to all urban contexts, structures and sizes of local government bodies, and identified levels of risk.

Esteban Leon (UN), the project leader responsible for writing ISO 22371, explains:
"This standard was proposed in response to demand arising from urban areas in all parts of the world for support to make them safer and more resilient to all manner of hazards, risks, weaknesses and vulnerabilities. It will provide local governments and relevant stakeholders with guidance on developing and implementing resilience-building strategies. The overall objective of this strategy and implementation process is to build more resilient and sustainable cities by strengthening the capacity of key public, private and civil society stakeholders to assess and address risks.

Urban resilience strategies should be structured, replicable, and be composed of implementable actions that can support continued resilience building. In engaging with such urban resilience strategies, urban areas have the ability to harness transformational change and improve the lives of their inhabitants. This has been acknowledged by the global community as an essential aspect of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through agreements such as the Sustainable Development Goals, New Urban Agenda (NUA), Paris Agreement, and Framework Sendai."