All cities are vulnerable to severe impacts from a range of shocks and stresses that can be both natural and human made. Today, cities and city inhabitants are facing additional and amplified challenges as a result of rapid urbanization, climate change and political instability.
Taking into account that 50% of the population already lives in cities and that, by 2050, this figure is expected to reach the 70%, there is a pressing need for new tools and approaches that strengthen local administrations and citizens, as well as their capacity to face new challenges and to better protect human, economic and natural assets of our towns and cities.
Resilience refers to the ability of any urban system to maintain continuity through all shocks and stresses while positively adapting and transforming towards sustainability. Therefore, a resilient city is one that assesses, plans and acts to prepare for and respond to all hazards, either sudden or slow-onset, expected or unexpected. By doing so, cities are better able to protect and enhance people’s lives, secure development gains, foster and investible environment and drive positive change.
OAK has been participate with our documentary project "Urban Resilience" in the Tenth Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF 10), 8-13 February 2020 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
The film, produced with the support of UN Habitat, was screening on Sunday 9th of February in the WUF, established in 2001 by the United Nations to address one of the most pressing issues facing the world today: rapid urbanization and its impact on communities, cities, economies, climate change and policies.
Film language: French, Spanish & Catalan
Country of filming: Mozambique, Paraguay & Spain
Film color: Black & White
Coordinator: Javier Corso
Filmmaker: Guillem Trius
Producer: Alex Rodal