UNDRR today launched a new Words into Action guide to coincide with the on-going
debate about the shape of the successor to the successful Making Cities Resilient
Campaign (MCR) which comes to an end this year.
“The World Urban Forum is a very appropriate launchpad for this Implementation Guide
for Land Use and Urban Planning,” said Sanjaya Bhatia, UNDRR head of capacity building,
speaking to an audience of city representatives and city managers from around the world.
“Failures in land use and urban planning can seriously undermine a city’s capacity to
cope with extreme weather events, earthquakes, technological, biological and environmental
hazards,” said Mr. Bhatia.
Mr. Bhatia cited examples from China, New Zealand, and the UK to illustrate how land use
and urban planning can play a role in reducing disaster losses in the case of floods and earthquakes.
He said that the follow-up initiative to the MCR Campaign – MCR2030- would place the
emphasis very much on implementation and the guide was a useful tool to build capacity
across a city’s management team and to raise awareness among politicians and the general public.
The five-chapter guide is now available online and provides guidance for the urban planning
profession and those involved in city development on how to incorporate disaster risk reduction
(DRR) and resilience into urban planning decisions and investments.
The first chapter sets the scene, explaining key elements of the post-2015 development agenda,
particularly the global plan to reduce disaster losses, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk
Reduction that has targets for reducing mortality, numbers of people affected by disasters,
economic losses and damage to critical infrastructure.
Chapter Two discusses key concepts related to DRR, resilience and urban planning and explores
the relationship between them. The third chapter explains how DRR can be integrated into various
parts of the urban planning system and throughout the planning cycle. Chapter Four addresses
financing and the fifth and final chapter puts forth some conclusions and caveats.
Definitions of key terms are included in boxes where the terms first appear and recapitulated at
the end in the Terminology section. There are also several case studies throughout the guide.
Each section has a list of resources and tools for further exploration, with a complete list of
references compiled at the end of the guide.
The following are particularly acknowledged for their contributions to the new Words into Action
along with the members of the Urban Resilience Advisory Group of the Making Cities Resilient
Campaign: Shipra Narang Suri, UN-Habitat, and from the Bartlett Development Planning Unit, University
College London Cassidy Johnson, Barbara Lipietz and Sarah Brennan.
United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction,
Provided by the IKCEST Disaster Risk Reduction Knowledge Service System