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83 mayors join UNISDR campaign @ Brussels

83 mayors in earythqauke zones joined UNISDR campaign

On 26th June, 2014 the vast majoirity of towns and municipalities in the earthquake-prone Italian Province of Potenza, have joined the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign.

The Province of Potenza is focused on implementing the Provincial Territorial Coordination Master Plan in November 2013, which emphasizes resilience policies in land-use planning at urban scale. In addition, the province will nominate the Potenza municipal network as a Making Cities Resilient Campaign Role Model for networking coordination on building structural resilience across a large geographical area.

The Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) formed "UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign" which was launched in 2010 based on the global agreement on disaster risk reduction.  Its aim is to create a global network of cities of different sizes, characteristics, risk profiles and locations, promote media and public awareness activities, and facilitate access to existing knowledge, tools and experience. 

By signing up to the Campaign, cities commit to adhere to the so-called “10 Essentials for Making Cities Resilient” which include participatory organization, assigning a budget for risk reduction incentives, maintaining critical infrastructure such as flood drainage, schools and hospitals, improved urban planning, infrastructure and building safety; installing early warning systems; conducting public preparedness drills; and taking measures to adapt to the increasing impact of climate change. 

Acting as coordinator, the Province of Potenza has been actively advocating for the UNISDR Making Cities Resilient Campaign amongst its 100 municipalities and has succeeded in persuading 83 Mayors to join the cause. The province will take on a role as facilitator for their adhesion to the Campaign as well as institutional coordinator for the implementation activities. 

 

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