Santiago (Dominican republic) is a metropolis of the 21st century
The principal urban center of the North region was included in the network of 100 cities that are best prepared to respond to the challenges of the 21st century, in the initiative “100 Resilient Cities” by the Rockefeller Foundation.
The initiative “100 Resilient Cities” (100 CR), headed by the Rockefeller Foundation, announced yesterday that they have invited 35 cities from around the world, including Santiago de los Caballeros, to join the Network of the 100 Resilient Cities.
This announcement was made during the Summit of Urban Resilience of the Rockefeller Foundation held in Singapore.
The cities are: Accra, Ghana; Deyang, China; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Amman, Jordan; Enugu, Nigeria; Santa Fe, Argentina; Arusha, Tanzania; Huangshi, China; Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic; Athens, Greece; Juárez, México; Santiago (Metropolitan region), Chile; Barcelona, Spain; Kigali, Ruanda; Singapore; Belgrade, Serbia; Lisbon, Portugal; St. Louis, Missouri, USA.; Bangalore, India; London, England; Sidney, Australia; Boston, Massachusetts, USA.; Milán, Italy.
The list also includes the cities of Thessaloniki, Greece; Cali, Colombia; Montreal, Canada; Toyama, Japan; Chennai, India; Paris, France; Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA.; Chicago, Illinois, USA.; Phnom Penh, Cambodia; the City of Wellington, New Zealand; Dallas, Texas, USA y Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
This 2nd wave of cities will join the 32 cities which won the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, forming a growing network of urban centers all around the world that are ready to respond to the social, economic and physical blows and tentions which are a growing part of the 21st century.
The 100 Resilient Cities was created with a commitment of US$100 million by the Rockefeller Foundation as part of its Centennial last year, recognizing the tendencies of urbanization and globalization which characterize these centuries.
“The members of the network of 100 Resilient Cities are the world leaders in demonstrating that not only is it possible to create urban resilience in all types of cities, but also that it is an imperative,” said Judith Rodin, the president of the Rockefeller Foundation in the press release published regarding the announcement on the webpage of the initiative (www.100resilientcities.org).
“The cities are learning that by creating resilience, not only will they be better prepared to face the bad times, but also that life is better during the good times, especially for the poor and vulnerable populations. This is an intelligent investment and generates a benefit of resilience which is positive for everyone.”
Why Resilient Cities?
The Rockefeller Foundation explained that as the number of persons who live in urban areas grows from 50% of the world population to around 70% in 2050, the cities around the world will have to deal with the effects of rapid urbanization, globalization, climate change, and tnatural catastrophes as well as those caused by man.
Urban resilience is the capacity of the individuals, the communities, the institutions, the companies and the systems of surviving, to adapt and grow in spite of any chronic tension in sharp blows which they experience.
From the impact of the super typhoons, to the growing social – economic inequalities or the ability of the municipal systems to respond to growing populations and the reduction of food supplies, 100 Resilient Cities has as its purpose to equip the urban areas with the tools and the support network in order to design, develop and implement integrated solutions.
“Each city is unique, and by means of the Network 100 CR, the cities are taking advantage of the experiences of others and learning the best techniques in order to promote resilience,” explained Michael Berkowitz, the president of 100 Resilient Cities.
“By connecting the cities between each other and to experts in the promotion of resilience, we have the intention of creating a global practice of solutions of scalable resilience, in order that the cities can respond to the challenges of this urban century in a most effective and efficient manner,” he explained.
The creation of the network
This diverse list reflects the needs to learn from cities of all sizes in all parts of the world in order to be able to adapt and innovate.
The cities that make up the network of 100 Resilient Cities face a broad range of environmental and social challenges – from the growing threat of floods and extreme meteorological phenomena, to the growing pressures on the infrastructure and the health systems and economic tensions ever more profound – which are found in different points in their road towards the creation of a more resilient metropolis.
Each city in the network qualifies to receive subventions in order to contract in a Executive Director of Resilience, who will head the analysis, planning and implementation of the resilience that energy of the city, by means of collaborating with different agencies of the government and with all of the sectors.
They will also receive technical support and services when these are necessary while they work in order to implement this strategy. In addition they will have access to a variety of partners in the private, public and nonprofit sectors. These partners will offer tools in fields such as innovative financing, technology, infrastructure, territorial organization and community and social resilience.
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